Mercedes simply shows no signs of slowing down. Take a breather, fellas! The German manufacturer’s C-Class range has grown significantly over the past year or two, but at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the brand went all out and dropped the top off its 2017 C-Class Cabriolet family, that comprises of C300 4MATIC, C300 RWD and Mercedes-AMG C43. This is the first time in history, that the C-Class has gone topless. Let’s take a closer look at these recent unveils, and see what they have to offer to the convertible market.
The C300 is pretty much the same as its Coupe brother in almost all aspects. The few things that set it apart are the folding soft top (duh!), open-air personality and Airscarf neck-level heating system. The canvas roof can be raised or lowered in 20 seconds and at speeds of up to 31 miles per hour. Sweet!
If you don’t desire the AMG variant, then there’s just one engine option available. And that is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. This engine is capable of producing 241 HP and 370 Nm of torque, and takes the car from 0-100 kmph in 6.3 seconds. Not bad, eh? Although this is marginally less than the C300 Sedan’s 6.2 seconds, we’re not complaining!
Airmatic air suspension is also an added customization option in the C300, if you so desire! The C300 will be available in the US by late summer and you’ll have an option of 4MATIC or RWD.
-> C43 Cabriolet
The C300 is impressive, but the one that steals the headlines is the red-hot C43 cabriolet. The car is extremely sporty, thanks to the chrome trim, unique badging and not to mention the AMG-spec wheels. These subtle elements gives us a hint of an improved performance over the coupe variant!
“The AMG product portfolio will continue to grow rapidly this year, making the world of Driving Performance more diverse than ever,” Tobias Moers said, chief executive of Mercedes-AMG. “Our new product line continues to expand at a fast pace and, with the C43 Cabriolet, we are offering a younger target group yet another alternative to discover the fascinating world of AMG.”
Similar to the C43 Coupe, the Cabrio is powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine. This engine produces an impressive 362 HP and 521 Nm of torque, and allows the car to sprint from 0-100 kmph in a sweet 4.7 seconds! Again, like the C300 Cabrio, the C43 is 0.1 seconds slower than its Coupe counterpart. But with a top speed of 249 kmph, tick us in the satisfied column! The AMG Dynamic Select menu can tune engine response, steering weight, transmission shift and suspension stiffness to the driver’s liking. You get it, it’s extremely customizable, and we love it!
There has been no word yet on how much the C-Class Cabriolet will cost, but we can safely expect them to be priced slightly more than their Coupe counterpart. The C43 AMG Cabriolet will be available for deliveries this fall. For further details on the C-Class Cabriolet and more news from the Geneva Motor Show, stay tuned.