That’s right, folks! The delicious C 450 AMG will get the name swap we were anticipating following Mercedes’ decision to reconsider its AMG strategy and reposition all its AMG Line models as fully fledged Mercedes-AMG variants. Hence, the Mercedes-AMG C 43 bound to make an appearance at next month’s Geneva motor show.
Alongside it, the long-awaited 2017 C-Class Cabrio, Mercedes’ first drop-top ever to wear the C-Class moniker. Since the bigger E-Class Coupe will move upmarket and inherit the upcoming E-Class’ foundation – in fact a variation of the same MRA sporting bigger tracks and wheelbase, the upcoming C-Class Cabrio will rival the Audi A5 cabrio and BMW 4 Series cabrio with the former set to receive an all-new generation as well sometimes next year.
As opposed to the hard-top solution adopted by BMW for its 4 Series Convertible, Mercedes has opted for a canvas roof, keeping the weight in check due to the lower complexity of the system. Engine-wise the new Cabrio will feature four- and six- cylinder units plus the sweet bi-turbo V8 of AMG GT fame destined for the top-of-the-line Mercedes-AMG C 63 Cabrio variant. With 500-510 hp on tap, the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 Cabrio should have the upper hand in its fight with the BMW M4.
Going back to the Mercedes-AMG C 43, you’ll probably be relieved to hear, the move won’t bring any real changes to the cars themselves. The AMG Sports models already featured many technological marvels developed by AMG, in the first place, including the sweet 367 hp 3.0-liter V6 engine and the optimized chassis setup.
Apparently, AMG customers were also slightly confused about what was the fully fledged Mercedes-AMG badge meant to be as opposed to the more ‘humble’ AMG Sport lin. Putting all the eggs into one basket, as the saying goes, would ease the selection process. STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFO STRAIGHT FROM THE GENEVA MOTOR SHOW.
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