If the wind in your hair that the Mercedes C Class Cabrio provides isn't quite enough, Mercedes' colleagues at AMG have something for you, and it promises a hurricane in the cockpit. The storm is whipped up by the tried-and-tested four-litre V8 biturbo engine, which is available in the Cabrio with either 476 or 510 BHP. This is then translated by the seven-speed automatic sports gearbox into 650 or 700 Nm of torque respectively.Available as an option: 280 km/h
The Mercedes AMG C63 Cabrio will blast from nought to 100 in 4.2 seconds, and the electronic limiter will kick in at 250 km/h. The S version hits 100 one tenth of a second faster, but will also hit the wall at 250 km/h. Only by paying a little extra for the AMG Driver's Package will you be able to abuse your follicles with the full 280 km/h that the C63 is capable of.
The show is supported by that firecracker V8 sound coming from the throttle-controlled exhaust system, which in turn is governed by the standard driving programme selection system "Dynamic Select". A performance exhaust system is available as an extra, and can be activated at the click of a button.
The Mercedes AMG C63 Cabrio's driving dynamics are provided by the AMG Ride Control chassis with adaptive shock absorbers as standard, wider tracking on both axles, electromechanical sports steering and a locking rear differential (electronically controlled in the S version). Contact with the asphalt is secured by 18 inch rims with 255/40 tyres at the front and 285/35 at the back. The S version rolls on 19 inch rims with 255/35 and 285/30 tyres. Mixed-size tyres are also an option (19 inches at the front, 20 in the rear). If you'd like to get slower quicker, you can also opt for a sports braking system (360 discs in the C63, 390s on the S version). The S version can also be ordered with ceramic brakes.
Wide-built Mercedes AMG C 63 Cabrio
The AMG Cabrio is impressive on the eye too, and has a somewhat unique look for a Mercedes. Wider tracking allows the fore and aft wheel arches to grow by 64 and 66 mm respectively. The 60 mm longer aluminium bonnet is characterised by two striking power domes. Add to this a new front skirt with flics and a splitter, new side skirts, and a rear apron with diffusor and chrome tailpipe panel. The interior carries AMG's sports steering wheel, bucket seats and instruments.
The Mercedes-AMG C 63 Cabrio will go on sale in August 2016, as will the "Edition 1" special edition. Prices for the power cabrio have not been announced as yet.