Mercedes-AMG C63 Cabrio Lets Its Top Drop In NY

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Mercedes-AMG have launched their new C63 Cabrio and C63 S Cabrio models at this year's NY Auto Show, with power outputs of 469 HP and 503 HP respectively.

Setting both models apart from the standard C-Class Cabriolet are the flared wheel arches, the wide track and the large wheels which add to the convertible model's powerful look, though it's overall performance that impresses the most when it comes to AMG-badged cars. Agility-wise, the C63 Cabrio makes use of the sophisticated AMG Ride Control sport suspension with adaptive damping adjustment, a rear-axle limited-slip differential and in the case of the C63 S version, dynamic engine mounts.

By fall 2016, Mercedes US customers will be able to enjoy the largest selection ever of Mercedes-AMG C-Class vehicles, now available in Sedan, Coupe and Cabriolet forms. The C63 and C63 S models feature a V8 Biturbo engine in two output ratings, whereas the new all-wheel drive C43 comes with a V6 Biturbo unit.

"The C-Class is a decisive factor in our company's success. The new combination of intensive open-air ambience and powerful V8 engine is unique in the segment and perfectly supplements our large C-Class range," went on to say Mercedes-AMG CEO Tobias Moers.

Of the two C63 Cabrio version, the 'S' is the fastest with a 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) sprint time of 4 seconds flat and an electronically limited top speed of 174 mph (280 km/h). The entry-level C63 Cabrio will hit 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, which is basically the same thing only this version will be limited to 155 mph (250 km/h). Performance is achieved with the help of the AMG Speedshift MCT 7-speed sport transmission which plays a major part in the new C63 Cabrio's sporty character.

Another difference between the two C63 Cabrio versions is the rear-axle limited slip differential which is mechanical for the C63 and electronic in the C63 S (where it's also standard).

As for the "convertible part", Mercedes-AMG have managed to replicate the Coupe's roof line with the multi-layered fabric soft top, while the matte chrome beltline molding extends as far as the soft-top compartment. Other design elements worth mentioning are the laterally positioned optical air outlet openings, the narrow rear reflectors, the chrome-plated twin tailpipes and the narrow, body-colored lip spoiler located on the trunk lid.

Inside the C63 Cabrio you'll find black MB-Tex trim with contrasting top stitching on the instrument panel, a 3-spoke Performance steering wheel, carbon-fiber gauges, Performance seats (as an alternative to the standard Sports seats), plus intelligent functions such as the standard AIRSCARF neck-level heating and the optional AIRCAP deflector. The fully automatic acoustic soft top is available in black, dark brown, dark blue and dark red.

Those interested in knowing about some key optional extras will be happy to hear that they can dress up the C63 Cabrio with goodies such as the AMG Performance exhaust system, AMG ceramic high-performance brakes, AMG Night package, AMG Exterior Carbon-Fiber package I & II, plus a few other unique interior options such as the previously mentioned Performance seats, but also two-tone nappa leather in either red pepper/black or platinum white/black.

In terms of safety the C63 Cabriolet comes standard with Attention Assist and Collision Prevention Assist Plus, which helps to prevent rear-end collisions.

The new Mercedes-AMG C63 S Cabrio will also be available as an "Edition 1" model for the market launch - which will only come in designo cashmere white magno, with chrome-plated tailpipe trims and high-gloss black lip spoiler.

US sales are expected to start by fall 2016.