A new Mercedes convertible is always an event. The new Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet with its fabric roof is also very chic. Whether the four-seat drop-top can also deliver in therms of driving fun should be cleared by Auto motor und sport’s first driving report.
Six different engine variants will be offered to begin with, from the C 180 with 156 hp (from 42,215 euros in Germany) to the C 63 AMG S (from 61,690). The new C-Class Cabrio will be available in no less than 12 variants from the end of July, including with the optional Airscarf neck-warming system.
For its first drive, Auto motor und sport chose the C 250 d, in elegant white with red leather and a black soft top. So noble, so elegant. The fabric roof turned quietly buzzing and with an eerily complex choreography under the cover over the cargo area. There, it restricts the loading volume a bit, with 285 instead of 360 liters when stowed away. The roof mechanism was taken straight from the S-Class convertible. The whole thing weighs around 120 kg and has been designed to work flawlessly for more than 20,000 opening or closing operations.
The C250d comes as standard with a nine-speed automatic transmission. A precision instrument, which fits perfectly with the powerful diesel (204 hp, 500 Nm from 1,600 rpm). A very relaxed and refined drive combination. If sportiness is what you are after, you can choose one of the AMG models. The base Mercedes-AMG C43 comes with two valuable assets: 4Matic and a strong and rev-hungry 367 hp turbo V6. It takes under five seconds to reach 100 km/h, with a top speed of 250 km/h.
Because the sun has the chased the rain away alongside the Adriatic Sea, Auto motor und sport opened the soft top in an instant at the touch of a button: 20 seconds. This goes even while driving with a 50 km/h speed limit for roof operation, designed so generously that it is not an obstruction in city traffic.
A short drive through the Mediterranean air doesn’t take its toll on the cabin comfort or around the A-pillars. The intensity of the air flow can be controlled with button presses for the side windows and the Aircap difusser placed on the windshield frame, plus the automatic wind deflector which raises subtly behind the rear seats.
The gasoline powered C 300 (from 51 438 euros in Germany) is the next candidate for the first test drive. He too shines with a cultured driving nature and a refined, smooth shifting 9G-Tronic gearbox. The fact that the engine has four cylinders and 1.991 cmc doesn’t affect the dynamic character of the C-Class Cabriolet, neither does it amplify driving noise.
With 245 hp on tap, it also offers even on winding, steep mountain roads ample power reserves for a very vivid open-top driving experience. Even if surprisingly fun to drive, the C300 cannot, of course, hold a candle to the fully fledged Mercedes-AMG C 63 S (from 91,690 in Germany) variant with 510 hp and a maximum torque of 700 Nm sent to the rear wheels. The fun factor remains very high, especially on tight bends, the simple modulation of the gas pedal being enough to send the C-Class Cabrio in controlled but uterly fun oversteer – the fast convertible has the same chassis as the AMG coupe.
Going back to the harbor and reach the end of the test, Auto motor und sport finally took note of the comfortable air suspension and sensitive steering, with the new Mercedes C-Class Convertible moving up as elegant as it looks.
Source: Auto motor und sport