The new Mercedes-AMG C 63 Cabriolet.
Intensive open-air ambience.
The new C 63 Cabriolet combines an intensive open-air ambience with the AMG V8 engine to create an exhilarating performance experience. The biturbo engine developed in Affalterbach is available in two output ratings of 350 kW (476 PS) or 375 kW (510 PS) and provides performance on a par with a sports car. Flared wheel arches at the front and rear, the wide track and the large wheels underscore the powerful looks. The agile longitudinal and lateral dynamics come courtesy of the sophisticated AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension with adaptive damping adjustment, the rear-axle limited-slip differential and the dynamic engine mounts.
The new performance cabriolet will be celebrating its world premiere at the New York International Auto Show.
Closely related to the AMG GT engine.
In its competitive field the new C 63 Cabriolet is exceptional in every respect, being the only vehicle in the segment to boast an 8-cylinder biturbo engine. Mercedes-AMG thus meets the wishes of those customers who desire a combination of a highly emotive, unmistakable engine sound and torquey power delivery. The 4.0-litre eight-cylinder biturbo engine is already used in the C 63 Saloon, Estate and Coupé. It is also installed in the GT sports car with dry sump lubrication.
A characteristic feature is that the two turbochargers are positioned not on the outside of the cylinder banks, but between them in the “V” – experts call this the “hot inside V”. The main advantages of this design are the compact engine construction, optimal response and low exhaust gas emissions. A fitter assembles the engine by hand in the engine shop in Affalterbach according to the “One man – One engine” principle.
The typical V8 engine sound was likewise a key development goal. The sound composition comprising sonorous bass tones, powerful mid tones and increasing trebles as the engine speed increases was adopted from the coupé. A model-specific exhaust system with flap technology is used as standard. It is automatically map-controlled depending on the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission mode, the power demanded by the driver and the engine speed. The transmission plays a major part in the direct and sporty character of the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 Cabriolet. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission impresses with its tailor-made dynamics and high variability.
Maximum lateral and longitudinal dynamics.
The fascinating agility and high cornering speed of the C 63 Cabriolet are also thanks to the standard-fit AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension with adaptive damping adjustment. This combines a sporty with a comfortable set-up. The driver can select the three suspension settings “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport Plus” via a button in the centre console. Whatever the setting, each wheel is individually electronically controlled automatically. A four-link front suspension with radial, racing-style brake connections is used. Model-specific steering knuckles and a wider track allow greater lateral acceleration. The rear axle was completely newly developed for the coupé and cabriolet. The multi-link concept ensures highly precise wheel control and increased stiffness. For improved traction and vehicle dynamics, the C 63 Cabriolet is provided with a mechanical rear-axle limited-slip differential, while the C 63 S Cabriolet comes with an electronic version. Both differentials reduce the slip on the inside wheel when cornering, without control interventions in the braking system.
Four different transmission modes.
The driver is able to influence the characteristics of the C 63 with four different AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes. “Comfort” is the well-balanced transmission mode with a comfort-oriented suspension and steering set-up, as well as a fuel-efficient powertrain configuration – including smooth gearshifts and a discreet engine note. The transmission modes “Sport” and “Sport Plus” enhance the sporty intensity. The C 63 S also comes with the “RACE” mode, which provides the optimum setting for challenging laps on private racing circuits. Unique in its segment, the C 63 S Cabriolet is equipped with dynamic engine mounts.
These dynamic mounts are very quickly and variably able to adapt their stiffness to the driving conditions and requirements.
Precise and agile handling.
The electromechanical, speed-sensitive sports steering ensures precise, agile handling. It also features variable power assistance with the three characteristics “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport Plus”. The power steering is not only speed-sensitive but also factors in the current lateral acceleration, the selected AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission mode or the setting of the AMG RIDE CONTROL adaptive damping. The high-performance braking system of the C 63 Cabriolet ensures short stopping distances and excellent control with large cross-drilled and vented brake discs measuring 360 millimetres in diameter at the front and rear.
The impressive proportions of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Cabriolet instantly catch the eye. The multi-layered fabric soft top with glass window follows the coupé’s roof line with the top closed, thus reinforcing the impression of a meticulously modelled sculpture. Frameless doors, fully retractable side windows and the absence of a visible B-pillar further enhance the side view. With the roof open, the meticulous coordination between exterior and interior design becomes apparent. High-grade details include the matt chrome trim on the A-pillar and windscreen as well as a beltline moulding, which extends as far as the soft-top compartment, and borders this with a broad matt chrome trim. The rear with its all-new styling comes across as very sporty thanks to the broad shoulders and echoes a typical motorsport feature with the diffuser insert.
Fine details, high-quality materials.
The interior of the C 63 Cabriolet offers a wealth of fine details: carefully selected, high-grade materials whose feel and precise workmanship produce a level of perceived quality that is rare even in the higher vehicle classes. The instrument panel is trimmed with black ARTICO man-made leather with contrasting topstitching. The wing-like aluminium trim and the analogue clock in IWC design (depending on specification) underscore the high-quality impression. A sporty and dynamic ambience is also ensured by the 3-spoke Performance steering wheel with 12 o’clock marking and the instrument cluster.
Performance seats are also available as an alternative to the standard-fit sports seats: these allow the occupants a lower seating position and are more strongly contoured for increased lateral support.