It will not have escaped your attention that Mercedes-AMG makes expensive cars, and the C 63 S Convertible is in this mold: an equivalent BMW M4 costs £ 7000 less, and the Audi RS5 Cabriolet was a sub- £ 70k Buy when its Production completed.
But when your product is as singular as this one – incomparable on power, performance and handling reward and one of the only cars of its kind with a bombastic V8 – people will pay.
The C 63 S has material richness, tactile quality and infotainment sophistication to feel like a real luxury product.
It has practicality and good manners, too, to be used on a range of occasions. The ropes to his bow are numerous. And yet it is a dedication to almost unprecedented sporting purposes in a car of this kind that really puts the C 63 S apart.
We do not claim that it is a typical four-seat drop-top, or that its intransigent dynamic nature would be suited to the majority of convertible buyers.
These are reservations which, with the price, cost precisely half a star of our route estimate. But for those who would like the C 63 S Cabriolet, nothing else as it would be close.
We had not tested the Mercedes-AMG C 63 coupe coupe recently, due to the fact that we had already tested the sedan and were hoping that an even more extreme Black Series version might come at some point and so do so Prove AMG overkill.
However, there is something very convincing about AMG at the moment, and the roll of the Mercedes performance division is on makes the C 63 S Cabriolet worthy of your, and our, attention.
In addition, we have not tested a C-Class Cabriolet currently, so this model represents an intersection of what the two separate tags represent.
Mercedes-AMG C 63 Cabriolet Review
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet is a comfortable, confident four-seater convertible, but not rated at the most points in its range to be a sports car.
The C 63, meanwhile, is something else: a confident four-seat, certainly, but that gives so much pleasure to driving that comfort falls down on the list of its priorities and capabilities.
What makes you wonder: how far can you stretch, in any direction, the C and AMG characters, and do they always mix when you try?
Hopefully, the arrival of the C 63 Cabriolet takes the total number of C-Class derivatives with AMG elements in the mix to 12, through the salon, estate, coupe and convertible body styles, although That many use the least-Turbo V6 and are badged C 43. It’s a car we like a lot but it stops a bit short of offering the full AMG experience.
The C 63 Cabriolet should be something else, then, with that the only twin turbo V8 engine in the segment, says AMG, proudly.
A BMW M4 Convertible gets with a twin-turbo six straight, it’s true, but we’re ready to weird a bit and forget that the J-type Jaguar R does not have rear seats – but it has a V8, though Supercharged.
The C 63 Cabriolet is alone among the three, however, having more than 500bhp, at least in S-shape. Whether it’s enough to make it the most compelling car in the segment is what we’re here to discover.
Mercedes-AMG C 63 Cabriolet Review : design & style
There are some brands things that make an AMG version of a C – Class, and they are all present and correct on the C 63.
We are pleased to see that AMG is completely married to the idea of a V8 engine for the noise and response it offers, and the C 63 is offered in two varieties: with 469bhp in its regular form or doing 503bhp under The S-shape tested here. The 4.0-liter bi-turbo unit has its turbos positioned on top of the engine, between the banks
The same engine is used in the Class C sedan and coupe, quite obviously, as well as the sports car AMG GT, although in the latter it has the addition of a dry sump.
In this S model it comes with dynamic engine suspension, which are gentle when you go in a straight line but close quickly when you start pushing on.
It is a trait, we are told by engineers (and not only those of AMG), which is particularly useful, since the engines weigh a few hundred good kilos, and rigidly mount them when you are out of A turn, acceleration or braking assists tremendously the work of a processing engineer by reducing the masses in bulk they must contain.
Power goes to the rear wheels through what Mercedes calls its multi-clutch transmission (MCT) but not to be confused with a dual-clutch gearbox. There is an automatic gearbox where wet clutches are in place of the torque converter; It makes for smooth quarters than a dual clutch auto, but without the whipcrack response of their transit times.
Like almost all new sports and executive cars, there is a package of drive modes for the powertrain and suspension.
Here, the latter is by standard-form ‘ride control’, which you can consider as adaptive adjustable shock absorbers, with Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus settings for the shock absorbers on the front articulated quadrilateral, multi-link set-up, both With extended tracks on a regular C class.
At the rear is a limited slip differential, which is mechanically controlled on the regular C63, or electronically controlled on this S version. The S also gets upgraded front brakes on the low-powered C 63 Cabriolet.
Mercedes-AMG C 63 Cabriolet Review : Interior
The leather driver’s seat and Alcantara in the C 63 S Cabriolet is heated as standard and as it is motorized, automatically slips forward and downward when folding the backrest to access the rear seats.
Like many other things about this car, it easily satisfies the particular requirements that are likely to be made of it as part of its service in a four-seater sports convertible.
The entrance to the car is through a long door which can be a bit cumbersome in tight parking spaces.
Entering the rear seats is much easier with the roof down than it is with it up, and once the rear passengers have managed to board, they will only find enough space to Feel comfortable if they are below the average height.
But in each of these ways, the Mercedes-AMG is quite typical of its four-seater cabriolet race; A Rolls-Royce Dawn is a little easier to hurry with the roof, but it’s not night-and-day different.
The arrangement of the dashboard of the car is common to that of the cradle C 63, as is the driving position. Thus, the primary controls are well positioned and the steering column is largely adjustable, while conventional white-to-black analogue instruments smoothly suggest improved performance and are also very easy to read.
The central color computer travel monitor gives you digital temperature gauges for oil and transmission and timer functions among many other things, and the tactile quality of the materials in front of you, suede suede covering on The steering wheel with metal knob Air conditioner on the central stack, is high-end.
The car’s hood is fully automated and operated by a chrome lever conveniently placed just in front of the cab’s central armrest.
It takes less than 20 seconds for the roof to be lowered or lifted, and the operation can be performed while the car moves to 31mph.
It emits only a discreet electric whirr as it cycles through its action and fits invisibly into a compartment immediately above the shoe of the car.
With the roof in place, the C63’s 360-liter boot is as large as a five-door hatchback average, and access to it is reasonable thanks to a wide opening.
With the roof down, a fold-down storage bag reduces the freight volume available to 285 liters, making the heavier loads slip in and out of the delicate boot.
The practical disadvantages of the C-Class Cabriolet are therefore predictable, even if they are easily negotiated provided that your requirements are realistic.
Mercedes-AMG C 63 Cabriolet Review : Performance
You get an unconditional sense of disdain for the compromise of the C 63 S Cabriolet – and you can detect it well before you even reached for the door handle.
Cabriolets like this usually do not come with 500 bhp turbocharged V8 engines and the implied promise of the AMG, having got this engine, is to give you a four-seat ergonomics combined with driving speed levels,
A large “0 deg C” displayed on the outside temperature gauge of the C 63S on the expected day to measure our performance made it difficult to verify some of these implicit promises.
Like its rangemates, the C 63 S comes with the electronically controlled launch control, but it is disabled when the ambient temperature is at or near freezing. And yet, even without launch control and under freezing conditions, the car not only recorded an impressive two-way 4.6sec 0-60mph average, but also matched the Jaguar F-Type V8 S Roadster, we calculated in the sprint From 30mph to 70mph – both by gears and when locked in fourth gear.
Its reaction to the gases almost feels perfect even by forced induction, and power is served in a beautiful act of balancing coupley linearity and dramatic climax construction.
The more proof that AMG V8 engines are concerned, and even with nearly two tons of empty weight in the mix, you can really believe the hype.
An open-air distribution mechanism makes the 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 sound improved by Affalterbach. There is a slightly nautical ambience at idle throttle, but this is replaced by a deliciously rich tone when the engine is under load – and you can choose between mild and gentle at medium, or frenetic and hairy-high rpm.
Thanks in part to the standard active exhaust of the car, no rival six-cylinder cabriolet is as strong – and no other sound sounds as rich, so characteristic or as seductive.
Power and thrill are not all an often used convertible sports needs, of course. When in place, the cloth cover of the C 63 S tightly seals the cabin due to the wind noise, and the relatively loud buzz of neighboring cars is the only revealing sign that the car you are driving has exceeded a roof Metallic fixed or folding For a canvas.
With the roof down, the cabin is decently protected from the elements for those in the front seats, but less for anyone in the back.
The rear wind deflectors behind the rear headrests and on the header rail promise to add a layer of shelter, but with the side windows facing upwards and in the front seats at least we have Found that they made too small a contribution to be worth their toll on the otherwise svelte style of the car.
Mercedes-AMG C 63 Cabriolet Review : Ride & handling
Four drop-tops seats are comfortable boulevards, designed by accepting their structural limitations of doing nothing as well as just cruising, right?
Again, AMG did not bother to read the script. The C 63 S is as well cushioned and well connected to the road surface as the sedan or coupe equivalent, with a tester describing as “firm flipping” (although he did not use the word “reverse” ).
For some, this can make this car totally unsuitable for casual sunbathing as they imagine life in a modern soft-top to be, but to the hardcore enthusiast, hungry for big rags made with a real sporting commitment, the C 63 S Is cause of celebration.
The car is not, however, so firmly suspended that it will not settle for a comfortable cruise step. The standard adaptive shock absorbers allow reasonable compliance to long waves in their comfort mode, but you can count the number of reflectors in the eye of the average motorway cat using only your back, seat cushion and mounted rear suspension To the iron.
The control of the body of the car, both tense and progressive, its maneuverability is lively, convincing and yet always intuitive and natural, and its steering is adapted to adapt to the response of the car handling, while staying honest Feels for an electromechanical install.
And its non-corrupt, back-driven, grunt-over-grip manipulation adjustable trumps everything. Is it worth the noisy and cumbersome run? In our book, it is, no doubt.
This type of dynamic mounting would simply not work, of course, without a rigid body structure for suspension to push against, but there is nothing more than the simplest suggestion of shouting swing in the car with The roof down.
At its worst, there is an occasional quivering of the roof rails on broken roads with the hood in place. One can also see occasional ruffling in the rear-view mirror that makes its way from the windscreen through the cabin, causing the passenger’s headrests to tilt in turn. By modern convertible standards, none is really worth criticizing.
Do not get tired: the AMG V8 in the back like that are all on the skates. However, perhaps because of an unladen weight greater than that of the C63 S sedan, or its modified axle kinematics, the Cabriolet does not slip well in a benign way and instead takes the attitude a bit More suddenly than the four doors – but only with the ESP switched all the way.
Even so, it is still anything but spikey or unpredictable on the limit. AMG’s intelligent electronic rear differential gives you the option of either accelerating the car into oversteer or “back in” under the trolling accelerator.
Anyway, the positivity of the steering and the consistency of the wheel control of the car makes it easy to balance the directional influences of both front and rear axles and sculpt your way back right with The smooth widening head.