Mercedes C-Class Cabrio, the firm’s first drop-top ever to wear the C-Class moniker, is coming to Geneva – next month. Plenty of time, then, for one last spy photo tour revealing the all-new Mercedes-AMG C 63 and C 43 variants.
Relying heavily on the gorgeous all-new C-Class Coupe for styling inspiration, the all-new Mercedes C-Class Cabrio will be positioned right at the base of the three pointed star’s drop-top line-up. Contrary to BMW’s decision, Mercedes won’t go the hard-top route, opting instead for a canvas roof to keep the weight down.
The engine chapter is quite predictable, too. Mercedes C-Class Cabrio basically inherits the MRA platform of the current C-Class sedan, so four- and six- cylinder units lifted from the Coupe will be joined by the sweet bi-turbo V8 of AMG GT fame destined for the top-of-the-line Mercedes-AMG C 63 Cabrio variant. With 476-510 hp on tap, the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 Cabrio should have the upper hand in its fight with the BMW M4.
Another interesting development concerns the delicious C 450 AMG. Following Mercedes’ decision to reconsider its AMG strategy and reposition all its AMG Line models as fully fledged Mercedes-AMG variants, the C 450 AMG will get the name swap we were already anticipating. Hence, the Mercedes-AMG C 43.
The move won’t bring any real tech changes to the C 450 AMG though. The AMG Sports models already featured the engines and chassis developed by AMG, in the first place, so the ‘new’ Mercedes-AMG C 43 Cabrio will simply continue to rely on the sweet 367 hp 3.0-liter bi-turbo V6 for power.
Why C 43 you might ask? Simple. Mercedes-AMG considers the plate is a subtle nod to the C 43 AMG from the 90’s, as well as simply rhyming too conveniently with the bigger 63 badged models, using a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8.
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