Technically, this is the first time Mercedes has launched a drop-top version of the C-Class – the CLK plugged the gap until 2009 but never wore the straight ‘C’ badge. It’s the final member to join the C-Class family, though the saloon and Estate will continue to take the lion’s share of sales.
Next up we got the C63 Cabriolet with the familiar biturbo 4.0-litre V8 that debuted in the AMG GT sports car. Power is rated at 469hp (476PS) with torque at 479lb ft (650Nm). Unlike the entry-level model (if you can refer to a 362hp Merc as ‘entry-level’), power goes only to rear axle via the seven-speed MCT Speedshift gearbox. 0-62mph ( 0-100km/h) comes in 4.2 seconds with the top speed also limited to 155mph (250km/h).
Drivers can expect 0-100 km/h in about four seconds, en route to a quarter-mile pass in the 12-second range. This one’s a four-wheeled missile! Look for 0-100 km/h sprints in the low to mid four-second range, depending on the model selected, and the presence of the power-boosting Performance Package. Thrust from the 6.2 litre naturally-aspirated V8 is directed to the rear wheels by the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7 transmission with race-start function, which combines the smooth uptake of a torque converter with the lightning-fast shifting of a dual-clutch transmission. Paddle shifters execute on-command gear changes in milliseconds.
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.