There’s also clear distinction between the way the C43 Coupé and Cabriolet look compared to the C63. The C43 doesn’t get the bulging, aggressive front arches that make the C63 look so menacing. It also has to make do with the sparkly grill from the lesser models and not the simpler horizontal bar. So, no one’s going to mistake a C43 for a C63 anytime soon.
If there were ever any concerns about how turbocharged engines would sound, then the C63 wallops them into touch. With the roof no longer a barrier between you and the howling engine, revving it out to 7,000rpm becomes an addiction you have to keep feeding. Lift off the throttle and you’re greeted with violent crackles and burbles from the exhaust, while full throttle upshifts are accompanied by thunderous bangs.
The second AMG version of the new C-Class convertible is the Mercedes-AMG C63, which comes equipped with a 469-horsepower biturbo V8 engine. The AMG C63 cabrio can hit 62 mph–from a standstill–in only 4.2 seconds. That acceleration time is just a hair off that of the new Mercedes-AMG C63 S cabrio, as this version of the C-Class can reach 62 mph in just 4.1 seconds.
The AMG Line is available as an alternative. It differs by virtue of exterior features such as special bumpers and sills with AMG bodystyling, a diamond radiator grille with pins in chrome, trim strips on the beltline, A-pillars and soft top compartment in matt anodised aluminium and 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels. In the interior the AMG Line comes with sporty, exclusive highlights, including a multifunction sports steering wheel with flattened bottom section as well as AMG sports pedals.