- Open-air ambience, four-litre V8 biturbo
- World premiere on at New York auto show
- ‘Ride control’ – sporty, but comfortable
AFFALTERBACH, Germany – Compact luxury car, open-air ambience, AMG 350 or 375kW biturbo four-litre V8 engine for supersports performance, large wheels under flared arches and powerful styling – as a car-lover there’s little else I would want.
Mercedes-Benz and tuning partner AMG have come up with wheels we’d really want… that’s it above, the new C63 AMG Cabriolet which takes the Mercedes-AMG C-Class range to 12 versions in sedan, estate, coupé and cabriolet shells.
How come a dozen? Because there’s a choice of V6 biturbo engine and all-wheel drive or V8 biturbo engine in two output ratings, rear-wheel drive and rear-axle limited-slip differential; this new model also comes with AMG Ride Control, adaptive shock-absorbers and the limilted-slip diff.
It’s a newcomer so is having its world premiere right now (March 24) at the 2016 New York International Auto Show and will be in showrooms in August 2016.
Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG, told The Corner in a media release: “The C-Class is a decisive factor in our company’s success. The new combination of intensive open-air ambience and powerful V8 engine is unique in the segment and perfectly supplements our large C-Class range.”
Extensive knowhow from motorsport “and the passion of AMG engineers, designers and product managers” were the basis for the driving experience with this new performance cabriolet.
In this competitive field, AMG says, this C63 Cabriolet “is exceptional in every respect as the only vehicle in the segment with an eight-cylinder biturbo engine”. That means, the automaker adds, that the car meets the wishes of customers who want “a highly emotive, unmistakable engine sound and torquey power delivery”.
The car can launch to 100km/h in a tad more than four seconds and reach a constrained 250km/h though 280km/h is possible with the AMG Driver’s Package).
The engine is already used in the C63 sedan, estate and coupé as well as the GT sports car and the turbo, as with other Mercedes engines, are nestled in the V of the cylinder banks to keep the big mill as compact as possible..
Its AMG Speedshift MCT seven-speed sports transmission , AMG says, plays a major part in the character of the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 Cabriolet. Whether changes are auto or requested by the driver using the steering-wheel shift paddles, the are made immediately.
‘Ride control’ combines a sporty set-up with passenger comfort. The driver can select from three suspension settings Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus, with a button on the centre console. Whatever the setting, AMG adds, each wheel is automatically electronically controlled.
The rear axle was developed specifically for the coupé and cabriolet with the axle carrier making a wider track possible thanks to the contact surfaces of the wheel bearings being moved out by and extra 25mm if compared with the sedan and estate. Other innovations include AMG-specific wheel-carriers, stiffer elasto-kinematic tuning and greater negative camber.
SPEED-SENSITIVE SPORTS STEERING
Standard rims are alloy 9Jx18 (front) and 10.5Jx18 (rear) with rims painted titanium grey and shod with 255/40 front and 285/35 rear rubber. The C63 S Cabriolet runs on 255/35 and 285/30 rubber on 19″ rims.
Other tyre/wheel combinations are optionally available.
The electro-mechanical, speed-sensitive, sports steering, AMG says, “ensures precise, agile handling with the driver benefiting from the direct and linear 14.1:1 steering ratio. It also has variable power assistance with the three characteristics – Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus -and is not only speed-sensitive but also accounts for lateral acceleration.
The cabrio’s high-performance brakes have large cross-drilled and vented 360mm discs front and rear. The C63 S Cabrio has 390mm discs though 402mm compound discs are available.
Two striking power domes adorn the long aluminium bonnet and a typical AMG “A-wing” front spoiler also deflects air to the three air-cooling intakes while a front splitter helps to reduce front-axle lift.
TWO PAIRS OF CHROMED TAIL PIPES
And the retractable roof… it’s multi-layered fabric with glass window and matches the coupé version’s roof line when erect. Frameless doors, fully retractable side windows and the absence of a visible B pillar, AMGS says, “further enhance the side view”.
The external mirrors are mounted on the door rather than in the usual “mrror triangle”.
The tail is highlighted by two pairs of chromed tail pipes and there’s a narrow spoiler lip on the boot lid. It looks, AMG says, like a sharp blade.
The cabin shows off, high-grade materials whose feel and precise workmanship, AMG says, “produce a level of perceived quality rare even in the higher vehicle classes”. The instrument panel is trimmed with black artificial leather with contrasting stitching. The touchpad is flanked by the AMG Dynamic Select switch and a number of other AMG-specific controls such as the ride control button.
“A sporty and dynamic ambience is also ensured,” AMG suggests, “by the three-spoked steering wheel and the instrument cluster whose carbon-fibre look dials include one that reads to 320km/h. Performance seats are an option – they’re lower and are more deep;y contoured.”
Airscarf neck heating is another option, as is a “draught-stopper” to minimise air-swirl.
For more information, check with Mercedes-Benz South Africa.