The 510 hp of the 4.0 V8 of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz C63 S AMG Cabriolet S dispense strong emotions on the mixed routes and in the circuit. But this refined “discovery” is also enjoyable in relaxing driving.
2020 Mercedes-Benz C63 S AMG Cabriolet Overview
The charm of the bodywork discovered and the grit of a mighty V8 is the far from the secret of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz C63 S AMG Cabriolet, recently updated as the remaining models of the “C family”. This is a discovery that at first glance leaves little to the imagination: the designers have seasoned the sleek body of unmistakable references to sportiness, such as the large air intakes in the front shield and the “Panamericana” mask, inspired by that of the two-seater AMG GT Coupe. Behind, however, stand out the small spoiler on the edge of the bonnet, the vertical air vents in the corners of the bumper, and the carved extractor, which has two pairs of exhaust terminals embedded on the sides of the aggressive quadrangular section.
The two variants of the new four-seater Mercedes-AMG convertible, namely the C Cabrio 63 and the C Cabrio 63 S, share the well-known 4.0 V8 with direct petrol injection, supercharged by twin turbocharger. It is credited with 476 hp and 650 Nm of torque in the first case, and 510 hp and 700 Nm in the S configuration: these are the same values as the previous edition which, in any case, maintain the AMG C 63 with a clear advantage over the younger sister AMG C 43 equipped with the 3.0 V6 twin-turbo 390 bhp ( where the first contact of the sedan with the same engine). If the cavalry was not enough to show that the AMG flags wink to the most demanding purists and lovers of “extreme” cars, the choice of traction, which is posterior and not integral as in the case of the “43”, also confirms this.
2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet Engine Specs; Performance & Price
The declared performances are a true supercar, with a “0-100” in 4.2 seconds for the Mercedes-AMG C Cabrio 63 “Normal” and 4.1 seconds for the S (of which we have no reason to doubt, given the extraordinary vigor of the V8 biturbo); the latter, in addition to being more powerful, is also free of electronic limitation of the maximum speed, and promises a good 280 km / h peak, against the 250 km / h of the 476 hp sister (and the AMG C43: in both cases these are self-limited values). The list, still unofficial, starts at about 95,000 euros for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet 63 “standard”. For the more powerful version, roughly 10,000 euros are needed, even with 19 “alloy wheels as standard (instead of the 18” spokes with 10 spokes), always with mirror-turned finish, and combined with section tires differentiated between the front and rear axles (255/40 R 18; post .: 285/35 R 18 for the “base”; 255/35 R 19 and 285/30 R 19 in the case of the “S”).
The “restyled” C range had its debut at the Geneva Motor Show last February, while the “63” had been reserved for the New York Motor Show stage a few weeks later. As in the past, the refined Mercedes average, which is also the most appreciated by customers in terms of sales numbers, continues to be offered in four body variants: sedan, family, coupe, and convertible. For the first version AMG 63 start at about 83,000 euros, which go up to 85,000 for the station wagon. Among the two-door versions, for our test, we chose the 2020 Mercedes-Benz C63 S AMG Cabriolet. In the guide in couples, you can appreciate the canvas top very well insulated, as well as operated even in motion up to 50 km / h. In order not to “dirty” the line of the tail (moreover rather high and massive), when the car is uncovered the folded roof comes under the bonnet (stealing a little ‘space to the trunk, capable of 285/360 liters against 355 liters of the Coupé).
|Displacement cm 3||3982|
|N or cylinders and arrangement||8 av of 90 °|
|Maximum power kW (CV) / revolutions||375 (510) / 5500-6250 revolutions|
|Max torque Nm / rev||700 / 2000-4500|
|Emission of CO 2 grams / km||236|
|Distribution||4 valves per cylinder|
|N or gear ratios||9 (automatic) + reverse|
|Front brakes||self-ventilated discs|
|Rear brakes||self-ventilated discs|
|The declared performances|
|Maximum speed (km / h)||280|
|Acceleration 0-100 km / h (s)||4.1|
|Average consumption (km / l)||9.6|
|How large is it|
|Length / width / height cm||475/188/140|
|Weight in running order kg||1925|
|Trunk capacity liters||285/360|
|Tires (standard)||255/35 R19 ant. – 285-30 R19 post.|
2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet Redesign & Changes
On the track, the absolute protagonist is the 4.0 V8 biturbo, close relative to that of the AMG-GT. To reduce the overall dimensions, the two turbocompressors are mounted inside the V formed by the banks. Furthermore, in the case of the Mercedes-AMG C Cabrio 63 SActive mounts based on drive mode selector settings become stiffer (to reduce V8 movements and increase accuracy in direction changes) remain “softer” to encourage comfort by absorbing vibrations. New nine-speed automatic transmission (previously seven-speed) MCT AMG Speedshift, in which the torque converter was replaced by a clutch in an oil bath that allowed to reduce both the weight and the timing of engagement of the marches. The gearbox can also be used in manual mode by acting on the steering wheel paddles, in which case it allows you to scale several gears at the same time. And, as in sports doc, it does not automatically increase the ratio when the limiter is reached (a spy suggests the change). Furthermore,
All variants of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 are equipped with electronically controlled active suspension: based on a sophisticated four-arm front and multiple-arm pattern at the rear, they provide continuous damping control on each wheel according to the driving style and regulation preselected by the pilot among the three available (Comfort, Sport, and Sport +). Given the high number of horses available, there is also a self-locking differential with electronic control (standard, makes the difference in driving at the limit), flanked by Torque Vectoring, a device that exploits the distribution of torque between the rear wheels to improve the distance of curve.
The AMG Dynamics is also the prerogative of these sports versions, with specific SP settings with a choice between Basic, Advanced, Pro, and Master; the latter, which leaves greater freedom to the rear axle, is dedicated to the use on the track and reserved for the “S” version, which also features AMG Traction Control traction control adjustable to nine levels. The AMG Dynamics is a predictive calculation of the car’s behavior: the system analyzes several physical parameters (for example speed, steering angle and yaw) and adjusts the response of the electronics even anticipating, according to Mercedes, the actions of the driver, but without giving the feeling of being “invasive”. On the track, we could also appreciate the Race mode of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz C63 S AMG Cabriolet as well as the C Coupé 63 S, ideal for fully exploiting the performance of these cars. The other modes are Slippery (for slimy surfaces), Sport, Sport + and Individual (customizable: for example, Race engine and Comfort suspension …). In any case, the management of the manual transmission and trim mode remain independent of the driving programs.
2020 Mercedes-Benz C63 S AMG Cabriolet Safety Features
Like the “quieter” versions, also the Mercedes-AMG C Cabrio 63 Sit has the most advanced driver assistance devices that, however, are charged separately: 732 euros are required for adaptive cruise control with stop & go function, and 951 for monitoring the blind spot of the rear-view mirrors combined with the warning of inadvertent abandonment of lane. The latter devices are also included in the richer assistance package (€ 2,562), together with the autonomous braking which also detects cross-traffic, the protection system in the event of a rear-end collision and the automatic maintenance of one’s own lane. The automatic emergency braking with low safety warning and obstacle detection is, instead of series, like the seven airbags (one of which is dedicated to the driver’s knees) and some functional accessories that in a car of this class do not they may be missing,
In the passenger compartment, luxury, technology, and sporty
The seats in ecological leather and microfibre are standard for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz C63 S AMG Cabriolet, together with details in lacquered black and aluminum, while they cost 2,379 euros the contoured Performance AMG heated seats, and air-conditioned if combined with Nappa leather upholstery; these armchairs integrate the Airscarf (typical endowment of the uncovered versions), a system of air jets that heat the cervical area, making the open roof gear more comfortable with low environmental temperatures. Among the options, there are the profiles in carbon fiber/aluminum, matt silver fiberglass or oak, walnut and ash wood. It also specifies the graphics of the digital dashboard (a display of 12.3 “, on request): configurable in Classic, Sports and Supersport style, allows you to view additional information such as the accelerometer, the engine delivery parameters or the turbo pressure; Furthermore,
More information on the car’s functions (including driver assistance systems) can be found in the 10.25 “multimedia system screen, complete with the Comand online navigator and AMG Track Pace app (a sort of standard onboard telemetry in the and on request for the standard version). Specific to the Mercedes-AMG C Cabrio 63 S(and optional for the C 63) also the Performance steering wheel with additional displays and controls: a knob for the direct selection of the travel programs (in the left race) and additional buttons (in the right race) to set the other AMG functions. Too bad for some oversights common to other versions: one for all the control of the parking brake, not very convenient for drivers and, in an emergency, unreachable by passengers (it is in the dashboard, at the bottom left of the steering wheel).
It does not take much to realize that the 2020 Mercedes-Benz C63 S AMG Cabriolet is not a parade convertible on the trendy promenades: there are several, inside it, the quotes console: from light alloy pedals to the telemetry almost from Formula 1 (it shows, among other things, speed and lateral and longitudinal acceleration on all the points of the circuit faced, while the tire pressure sensors also show the temperature). Other details are the aluminum inserts alternating with those in carbon fiber/fiberglass that surround the center console, dashboard, and doors, the steering wheel full of commands and the wide possibilities of calibration of the main organs of the car.
2020 Mercedes-Benz C63 S AMG Cabriolet Fuel Economy & Perfoamance Test
After selecting the Sport + driving mode, the more balanced (because it leaves the Esp free, but not too …), we start the powerful V8: the sound is simply exciting. At the touch of a button we close the hood of “our” Mercedes-AMG C Cabrio 63 S: the operation, very quiet, requires 15 seconds (plus another five for the complete ascent of the four crystals) allows us to enjoy a comfort of march superfine, from luxury sedan, with very few noises coming from outside. We immediately appreciate the low and elongated driving position, on the racing seat that wraps around like a shell and makes the car feel “good” with the hips, in the body guide, but the steering wheel (in Alcantara, to allow a better grip), is not of the little ones and has an “angular” crown, which disturbs when it is held firmly. As for road consumption, in our test, conducted on a mixed mountain path and on the freeway, the onboard computer indicated an average consumption of 8.3 km/liter… A non-astronomical value.
On roads closed to traffic (or in circuit) the 2020 Mercedes-Benz C63 S AMG Cabriolet Sit confirms a pure sport, so ductile, reactive and obedient to the orders of the pilot, to transmit the feeling of “gripping” directly the front wheels through the steering wheel: the steering, in fact, is very well calibrated, inserts the car in the corners with little angle, without forcing, and micrometrically corrects any smudging. It is really a show to drive this Cabriolet in all curves, where it shows off a nice flat attitude, but also a motor that gives the car such a progression to magically shorten the straights: in short, it is like being practically always engaged in the curve, and is a great pleasure to enjoy in peace, given that, in case you exaggerate,
Compiled by an exuberant engine and very prompt to the minimum pressure on the accelerator, with the 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet 63 SIt is relatively easy to try out fun drifting at the exit of the curve (obviously in the circuit: the “code” is progressive and well manageable with steering wheel and gas, counting on the efficient rear wheel drive and the generous footprint of the tires. torque, the thrust paste to the seat already from 2500 rpm, and with fast and dry passages as shotguns, the new nine-speed gearbox is very fast and has a very good logic (we have appreciated even in a mountain up and down). V8 pushes up to 6900 rpm when the gearbox (in manual mode) lets the limiter “enter”, which intervenes, however, when the engine still seems to have something to give, while in automatic it actuates the gearshifts at 6750 rpm. all accompanied by a really engaging sound, not to say corsair. Especially in climbing, with gratifying automatic doublets, seasoned with evocative gurgling in a release.
Pros and Cons
- Change. Sweet and fluid when you go for a walk, it’s very fast and with the right logic when it comes to giving a good performance.
- Engine . Especially when the Sport + mode is selected, the V8 is capable of exaggerated thrust, in addition to a baritone and exhilarating hue.
- Driving quality. The powerful brakes and dynamic qualities are purebred sports. But the driving is pleasant even at parade speeds.
- Baule. The internal finish is not perfect and the compartment has an irregular shape, which undermines its usability, not to mention that when the hood is lowered, the capacity is lower than that of a small car.
- Parking brake. In an emergency, it is unreachable by passengers as it is located in the dashboard, at the bottom left of the steering wheel.
- Optional. They are not few, and they make the already high price of the car rise inexorably.
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