Mercedes-AMG has staged the world premiere of the C63 Cabriolet on the dawn of the 2016 New York International Auto Show.
Echoing its fixed roof sibling, the range-topping model of the C-Class Cabriolet lineup is set to bring open-top thrills thanks to the new familiar bi-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine. As is the case with the other C63 models, the cabrio will be available with 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque in the standard model and 503 hp and 516 lb-ft in the C63 S. Output will be delivered to the wheels exclusively through a seven-speed automatic transmission.
In terms of performance, the C63 Cabriolet will need just 4.1 seconds until 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) whereas the C63 S is going to be 0.1s quicker. The electronic top speed limiter will be programmed at 155 mph (250 km/h) on the C63 and at 186 mph (300 km/h) if you upgrade to the C63 S.
On the styling front, the changes compared to the coupe are on a subtle level, once we exclude the switch to an electrically retractable soft top. The C63 Cabriolet gets 18-inch wheels painted in titanium grey whereas the S has 19-inch rims featuring a similar look. Those willing to pay more can go for the larger 20-inch alloy wheel set finished in matte black.
Another difference between the two versions is the type of rear-axle limited-slip differential which is mechanical on the C63 and electronic on the C63 S. The hotter version also gets a “RACE” mode for the transmission, whereas the C63 only has “Comfort,” “Sport,” and “Sport+.” In addition, the S has dynamic engine mounts that adapt their stiffness to the driving conditions in an effort to improve handling and comfort.
Both the C63 and C63 S Cabriolets are programmed to hit Canadian dealers this fall.