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Mercedes-AMG C 63 Cabriolet

THE GERMAN OPEN (some text hidden)

By Jonathan Crouch

If you're looking at paying over six figures for a high performance luxury Mercedes-convertible model, then don't. Not at least until you've looked at this car, the improved C 63 Cabriolet. Jonathan Crouch checks it out.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 31

Mercedes' C-Class Cabriolet model line-up is topped off by this improved and now even more desirable C 63 high performance V8 variant. Toupees will need to be very well tied-down indeed.

Backgroundword count: 85

Mercedes' C 63 Cabriolet is the only model in its sector with an 8-cylinder biturbo engine - yes, the one used in the brand's AMG GT supercar. Here, that unit powers the very top version of the C-Class Cabriolet, which goes head to head with rivals like BMW's M4 Convertible. If your recollection of AMG open-topped models is that they go very fast but don't particularly like going round corners, this one will surprise you too. And it's been usefully refettled in this improved guise.

Driving Experienceword count: 253

On the move, this car is everything you'd want it to be, with aural fireworks and spine-tingling acceleration that flings you up the road with urgent, angry aggression. The SPEEDSHIFT MCT auto gearbox now gets 9 speeds and its 'RACE START' function makes it easy to replicate Grand Prix-style starts that'll take 4.2s in the standard 476hp model. Or 4.1s if you go for the uprated C 63 S Cabriolet variant that offers 510hp and 700Nm of torque, enough to pummel a rival BMW M4 Convertible into submission. Both versions use much the same V8, a twin turbo 4.0-litre engine that's impressively efficient for its size. Top speed is 174mph if you opt for the AMG Driver's Package. A rear limited slip differential is standard and you'll need it to properly get the power down through the bends. As before, buyers aren't offered the 4MATIC 4WD sytem you get in the lesser V6 C 43 Cabriolet model, so it's rear wheel drive only; which can lead to a few tense moments when cornering in the wet. C 63 buyers do get adaptive suspension though, one of the elements that can be tweaked via an 'AMG DYNAMIC SELECT' driving modes system that can alter steering feel, throttle response, gearshift timings, stability control thresholds and even the exhaust note via 'Comfort', 'Sport' and 'Sport+' settings. No matter how you fiddle with these, the ride remains coarse, but the steering's good, the brakes are excellent and the gearshift response is rifleshot-quick. It's an experience to savour.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

0-62mph (secs):

4.1

4.2

[C63 Cabriolet 4.0 AMG S Auto]

[C63 Cabriolet 4.0 AMG Auto]

Braked Tow Weight (kg):

0

CO2 (g/km):

236

Cylinders:

8

Engine Power (bhp):

476

510

[C63 Cabriolet 4.0 AMG Auto]

[C63 Cabriolet 4.0 AMG S Auto]

Engine Power (ps):

482.62

517.09

[C63 Cabriolet 4.0 AMG Auto]

[C63 Cabriolet 4.0 AMG S Auto]

... and 16 other stats available

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: Convertibles

Performance
100%
Handling
80%
Comfort
80%
Space
60%
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