2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Cabriolet Debuts With Twin-Turbo V8

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

Winter just gave way to spring a couple days ago, but there’s still a chill in the air across much of the country. Getting us pumped for warmer days ahead is the hot new Mercedes-AMG C63 Cabriolet.

And here it is, making its global debut at the New York International Auto Show. This Teutonic droptop features a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 under its long hood. Curiously, this engine is offered in two potencies. Standard models feature 469 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, but C63 S Cabriolets offer 503 ponies and 516 units of twist. Both are matched to a seven-speed automatic transmission.

The “regular” version of this car can hit 60 miles an hour in 4.1 seconds. The more powerful S model will do it in 4.0 flat. Top speed for the former is limited to 155 miles an hour, the latter, 186.

A performance exhaust system allows the engine sound to be changed at the push of a button, making for quiet commutes or rowdy blasts down interstate on ramps. A multi-layer fabric roof keeps the elements at bay and the standard Airscarf system, which blows heated air right on your neck, allows you to enjoy droptop motoring year round.

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Coupe and cabriolet versions of this car feature a redesigned multi-link rear suspension, which allows for a wider stance. A mechanical limited-slip differential is standard, but S model features an electronic version.

It’s the same story up front, where the track has been widened. These changes necessitated flared wheel arches to help contain the large tires. Twenty-inch rims are the largest offered from the factory and they can be yours for extra cost. AMG Ride Control adjustable suspension is standard.

Of course those wheels hide massive brakes. For drivers that are serious about performance, Mercedes offers optional binders on the C63 S Cabriolet with ceramic discs measuring 15.8 inches. They weigh half as much as comparable conventional brakes, cutting unsprung mass and sharpening turn-in response.

Naturally, pricing information has not been released but you can expect the Mercedes-AMG C-Class to show up at U.S. dealers this fall. It will be offered in sedan, coupe and, of course, cabriolet flavors.

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Johnls39 . Johnls39 . on Mar 28, 2016

    Absolutely beautiful. Be better off getting the S version than the standard for bragging rights and if you are spending all that dough.