It’s a marvel that convertibles still exist in an epoch when many drivers caring reduction about pushing than they do about phone connectivity and in-car infotainment. Put a tip down and, some-more mostly than not, object glisten washes out that colorful center-console display. No matter how good a breeze blocker is, resistance customarily reduces hands-free communication to shouting, “I’ll call we back.” And these are a new problems. Like roaches and polyester, a tort lawyers and their hatred to risk that scarcely gathering convertibles to annihilation in a 1970s are still with us. Carmakers have had usually intermediate success with alternatives such as removable roof panels and retractable hardtops. Sunburn is still sunburn.
So yes, we are a long, prolonged approach from a time when many any vehicle on a marketplace offering a droptop variant, that creates a new 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-class automobile all a some-more exciting. Convertibles are inherently entertaining, that is one reason a character is some-more common in two-seat sports cars, though a C-class automobile is a loyal four-place convertible. Based on a C-class coupe, a automobile likewise will be offering in 4 graphic models when it goes on sale in a fall. The four-cylinder C300 is a bottom car, accessible with possibly rear- or all-wheel drive. There’s a large burst adult to a all-wheel-drive, six-cylinder C43 AMG on a subsequent rung. At a tip of a indication operation are dual rear-drive, eight-cylinder cars, a Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S. All C-class cabriolets have turbocharged engines and involuntary transmissions, a nine-speed section with a four- and six-cylinder engines, a seven-speed one with a V-8s.
Perhaps some-more importantly, they all have a same arrange of utterly literally over-the-top automobile record that Mercedes has used in other droptops aloft adult in a pecking order. For days when a C-class is sitting underneath a prohibited sun, Mercedes offers special sun-reflecting chair leather. At speed, a Aircap complement deploys a spoiler from a windshield header, that is as bizarre looking as it is effective. Wind-deflecting abilities are protracted with a outrageous breeze blocker behind a behind seat; on a turnpike breeze resistance is as if we were roving during half a speed. The discretionary three-layer acoustic tip seals and insulates good adequate that we competence consider you’re in a coupe when a tip is up. If it’s chilly, a Airscarf opening in a chair backrest—a complement recently underneath authorised fire for apparent transgression in Germany—will blow gentle atmosphere on your neck. Alas, Airscarf comes usually on a customary seats, so if we opt for a competition seats in a AMG cars, you’ll have to lift your blood heat by driving.
That should be easy enough, as a 362-hp C43 is quick. Even operative opposite a claimed 4145-pound quell weight, a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 always feels powerful. Not so a C300, as a 241-hp 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder feels usually as indolent here as it does in a coupe. Both cars have mixed expostulate modes (Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Individual) and steering-wheel-mounted change paddles, though usually in a C43 can a nine-speed involuntary be sealed into primer mode. Shifting with a paddles is quick, though left to a possess inclination a delivery is substantially smarter than we are, skipping as many gears as indispensable to keep a engine singing.
The C43 gets bigger brakes, 14.2 inches in hole in a front and 12.6 in a rear, contra 13.0 inches front and 11.8 behind in a C300. The C43 also has a sportier cessation balance and a quicker steering ratio, as good as a rear-biased (31/69) torque separate for a all-wheel-drive system. Both cars float on a same staggered tires, 225/45R-18 in a front and 245/40R-18 in a rear. The C300 we gathering rode gently on a discretionary atmosphere suspension, and even when we dialed adult a expostulate mode to Sport+ it never felt overly harsh. The C43’s adaptive cessation also seems to be tuned on a some-more gentle side, nonetheless with improved physique control. There’s a outrageous opening in opening between a C300 and a C43, one that creates we consternation if Mercedes competence find room for a 330-hp V-6–powered C400 it sells in other markets though doesn’t nonetheless devise to offer in a United States.
Yet a four- and six-cylinder models still resemble any other some-more than they do a V-8–powered cars. Of a full-bore AMGs, we gathering usually a C63 S, and from a impulse we dismissed it adult and goosed a stifle to hear a lionlike bark of a competition empty it was apparent that this savage is distinct any other compress convertible—from Mercedes or any other carmaker. The 4.0-liter V-8 interconnected with a seven-speed involuntary is a obvious and proven multiple in other AMG models including a C sedan and coupe. (Mercedes told us that it will offer a sum of 48 AMG models lineup-wide by a finish of 2016.) Here in a C63 cabrio, a twin-turbo V-8 creates 469 horsepower, and in a C63 S a overwhelming 503, rivaling many muscle-car engines for energy density. Torque in a S is an equally considerable 516 lb-ft, a series that also speaks to a fundamental reduction of a cabriolet’s structure, that somehow resists a engine’s efforts to turn it into a 4250-pound martini garnish.
Mercedes claims 4.0 seconds for a C63 S in a scurry to 60 mph, or 0.7 second quicker than a explain for a C43 version. It is also fast, attack an electronically singular tip speed of 174 mph, according to a carmaker, since obtuse models are capped during 130 mph. Both C63 and C63 S get limited-slip differentials; a former’s is automatic while a latter’s is electronic. The S also gets energetic engine mounts. Like a coupe, a C63 automobile advantages from a wider lane and some-more disastrous cove facilitated by a dedicated behind cessation that’s not common with a C300 and a C43. The result? It nails during a highway like that grizzly bear in The Revenant. Unfortunately, a steering isn’t utterly so lively; a C43’s shelve indeed has some-more highway feel. The float can be brutally unbending in a Sport+ expostulate mode (and we didn’t even try a additional C63-only Race mode), though dial behind a settings and a C63 S feels roughly as agreeable as a C300. For fans of AMG’s residence tuning—count us among them—the C63 S automobile will feel both informed and sublime.
The matter rings loyal aesthetically, as well. The automobile is roughly a CO duplicate of a coupe, with a same mini–S-class styling and pleasing interior. Ditto a apparatus list, that includes many of a Mercedes record that used to be indifferent for a top-of-the-line S-class. But now semi-autonomous pushing and other modernized reserve facilities such as collision warning and unconstrained braking are accessible via a C-class indication line, including a cabriolet. And, of course, Mercedes also offers a finish COMAND infotainment complement in a convertible.
This era of C-class already has lifted a bar for Mercedes-Benz’s many renouned model, and a introduction of this automobile can usually assistance a code continue to attain during a plan of stuffing any niche—even one that seems perennially during risk of disappearing.