Mercedes set to debut the C43 Coupe and Cabriolet in Geneva

Just last week it was announced that Mercedes-AMG was going to debut its new C43 4Matic Coupe at the Geneva Auto Show in March. Now, just a day before its official debut, Mercedes has announced the Mercedes-AMG C43 4Matic Cabriolet. Like the Coupe, the Cabriolet comes with a fairly powerful V-6 engine, AMG performance 4Matic all-wheel drive, and a 9G-Tronic automatic transmission. Of course, the Cabriolet comes with one feature the coupe doesn’t – a retractable top.

We were expecting to see a C43 Cabriolet soon, but we didn’t expect it to debut at the same time as the coupe version. Tobias Moers, the Chief Executive of Mercedes-AMG, said, “The AMG product portfolio will continue to grow rapidly this year, making the world of Driving Performance more diverse than ever. Our new product line continues to expand at a fast pace and, with the C 43 4Matic Cabriolet, we are offering a younger target group yet another alternative to discover the fascinating world of AMG.”

So, we know there is eventually more coming to the product line, but before that happens, let’s take a closer look at the new C43 drop top. Surely it’s bound to pose some good competition for those wanting to obtain a performance-oriented convertible.

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  • 2017 Mercedes-AMG C 43 4Matic Cabriolet
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    9G-Tronic automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    367
  • Torque @ RPM:
    383
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.7 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

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As you can see, the C43 Cabriolet shares a lot of the same exterior styling as the C43 Coupe. That same Front fascia is carried over with those distinctive corner vents and mesh-filled air dam. On the sides, the light-alloy wheels and finish are accented by chrome trim that wraps around the waistline of the cabriolet and gets thicker as it wraps around to the back of the drop top roof. The “BITURBO-4MATIC” badge has also been added to the front fenders, just like we saw on the C43 Coupe.

Around back there are certain changes that had to be made to incorporate the drop top

Around back there are certain changes that had to be made to incorporate the drop top. The deck lid is significantly shorter to accommodate the door and storage space for the top. This design will surely cut down on cargo room storage in the rear, but I think that is a fair price to pay if you enjoy soaking up some sun as you drive. Outside of the different decklid, the rear is the same. The horizontal, corner vents on the rear fascia are the same, and that grey-colored rear diffuser that accents the chrome exhaust outlets was also carried over from the Coupe. Mercedes did a good job keeping the Cabriolet just as sporty as the coupe. It’s nice to see it didn’t have to compromise exterior styling too much to accommodate the drop top.

An optional “Night” package is also available with the C43 Cabriolet that brings dark-tinted thermal insulation glass for all rear windows, a gloss-black front trim insert, black exterior mirror housings, high-gloss black beltline trim around the windows and the chrome plated exhaust outlets.

Interior

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Inside, the C43 Coupe is upholstered in Artico man-made leather and Dinamica microfiber. The dash, beltlines, door panels, center console, and armrests are also wrapped in Artico to give the car a sportier ambiance inside. All that leather is held together with red contrast stitching. Like the C43 coupe, the Cabriolet also has design red seat belts and black floor mats that have red edging.

The background of the instrument cluster is done in a checkered-flag design, and the speedometer reads up to 173 mph

The instrument cluster has two tube-shaped round dials, and a 4.5-inch color display in the middle. The background of the instrument cluster is done in a checkered-flag design, and the speedometer reads up to 173 mph. Optional features specific to the Cabriolet include AirScarf neck-level heating, a fabric soft top that can be operated at up to 31 mph, and automatic closing of the boot separator. The soft top is available in black, brown, red, and dark blue.

Outside of these options, the interior is every bit the same as the interior we saw on the C43 coupe. It’s not a bad design, and does look to be rather comfortable, so I don’t see too many folks having a complaint about that.

Drivetrain

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The C43 Cabriolet is powered by a 3.0-liter, biturbo, V-6 that produces 367 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque

The C43 Cabriolet is powered by a 3.0-liter, biturbo, V-6 that produces 367 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels via a 9G-Tronic automatic transmission. The 9G-Tronic has been specially tuned for use in the C43 models with shortened shift times and the ability to downshift more than one gear at once. The responsiveness of the engine and transmission is altered by each driving mode available. Sport and Sport Plus modes make for a more powerful and emotional shifting, while Eco, Comfort, and Sport modes experience faster shift times. In manual mode, the transmission is shifted via paddles on the steering wheel. Special tuning allows the transmission to remain in the selected gear even with the engine at the red line.

Just like the C63, the C43 Cabriolet has AMG’s ride control system with adaptive three-stage adjustable damping and a mode select button. The 4Matic all-wheel drive system is rear-biased with 69 percent of engine torque sent to the rear wheels and 31 percent going to the front wheels. This bias sets the C43 Cabriolet up for some fun cornering without the risk of understeer. All told, the C43 Cabriolet can hit 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and has an electronically limited speed of 155 mph. Not bad for a V-6 drop top.

Safety

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The C43 Cabriolet comes standard with a three-stage electronic stability system, along with newly developed steering knuckles, spring link supporting joints, and elastokinematically adapted links, just like the Mercedes-AMG C63. The rear axle is also configured for higher driving dynamics. The sports suspension system has three-stage adjustable damping. This setup provides precise and direct suspension feedback from the road and increases the C43’s agility during cornering. Sport steering also helps to make the C43 more agile, and can be adjusted between “comfort,” “sport,” and “individual” mode. These adjustments are made automatically depending on what driving mode is selected, or can be customized in individual mode.

To help bring the C43 to a stop in a hurry, the car is equipped with internally ventilated compound brake discs that measure 14.17 inches in the front and 12.60 inches in the rear. In addition to these features, the C43 Cabriolet also has all of the standard safety features included in other C-class models.

Prices

We expect the C43 Coupe to hit your pocketbook somewhere in the $50,000 range, so the C43 Cabriolet will probably come in somewhere between $55,000 and $60,000. We’ll update you when prices are released closer to the C43 Cabriolet’s official launch.

Competition

BMW M4 Convertible

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The BMW M4 Convertible is a bit more expensive than what we expect the C43 Cabriolet to go for, but it is as close as you can get with an M car since BMW has said there will be no M2 convertible. With its 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine, the 425 horsepower M4 can hit the 60 mph sprint in just 4.4 seconds. It offers up a sporty exterior and luxurious interior that comes par with luxury, performance convertibles in this segment. The M4 starts out at $74,200, which is at least $10,000 more than where the C43 will probably start out at, but then again, it more powerful and faster. In this case, you’ll get what you pay for. If you want more power and faster sprint times go with the M4, but if you’re more interested in the comfort and luxury, the C43 might be your best bet.

Read our full review on the M4 Convertible here.

Jaguar F-Type Convertible

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The Jaguar F-Type Convertible was first introduced in 2013, and so far it really hasn’t changed much, but it does offer a six-speed manual which actually makes the convertible version a little more desirable than the Coupe. The F-Type convertible is powered by a 3.0-liter, supercharged, six-cylinder that delivers 380 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. The sprint to 60 mph only takes 5.3 seconds, and top speed comes in at a whopping 171 mph. The downfall to the F-type convertible is its price. The base price starts out at just over $80,000 and can reach much higher if you decided to indulge in all of the extra options available. It may not compete all that well with the C43 as far as pricing goes, but it would be fun to line up the F-Type and C43 convertibles for a good run around the track.

Read our full review on the Jaguar F-Type here.

Conclusion

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I’m surprised to see that Mercedes is coming out with the C43 Coupe and Cabriolet at the same time. To be honest, I expected to see the C43 Cabriolet debut about six months after the Coupe – just to help encourage more interest in the convertible model before it officially goes on sale. For the most part, the C43 Cabriolet is nothing more than the coupe with the top cut off and a shorter decklid, but it still retains its own style. Personally, I think the convertible should have been toned down a little more in the front as convertibles are meant to be more for cruising than being aggressive on the road. Either way, the C43 will surely be a hit for those looking to get their hands on a performance drop-top without spending the $80,000 that some other models command.

  • Leave it
    • Too similar to the C43 Coupe
    • Not coming to the U.S.

Press Release

Mercedes-AMG is unveiling the first open-top member of the still young C-Class family in the shape of the new C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet. Just like the C 43 4MATIC Coupé, the all-season Cabriolet features a combination of 270 kW (367 hp) 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine, fast-acting 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission and standard-fit AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive. The open-air enjoyment for four people is backed by the brand’s hallmark Driving Performance thanks to discrete suspension with stiffer elastokinematics unique to AMG and three-stage adjustable damping. Driving pleasure is accompanied by high efficiency as the open-top version of the Mercedes-AMG C 43 consumes a mere 8.3 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined figure).

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Mercedes-AMG is bringing two models from the C-Class performance family to the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. In addition to the C 43 4MATIC Coupé, the sports car and performance brand based in Affalterbach is now also showcasing the C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet. "The AMG product portfolio will continue to grow rapidly this year, making the world of Driving Performance more diverse than ever. Our new product line continues to expand at a fast pace and, with the C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet, we are offering a younger target group yet another alternative to discover the fascinating world of AMG," says Tobias Moers, Chief Executive of Mercedes‑AMG GmbH.

The 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine in the new Cabriolet delivers impressive performance with its 270 kW (367 hp) maximum power and peak torque of 520 Nm: sprinting from rest to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds, its speed is electronically limited at 250 km/h. The agile driving experience is mainly thanks to the standard-fit AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive with rear-biased torque distribution, the newly developed front axle, the stiff elastokinematics and the highly precise steering.

The highlights

3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine with modified engine management, increased boost pressure, and noticeably enhanced dynamism and flexibility
9G-TRONIC automatic transmission with double-declutching function during downshifts and particularly short response times in "Sport Plus" mode
AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive with rear-biased torque distribution of 31 to 69 percent (front axle to rear axle)
AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with adaptive three-stage adjustable damping, with a mode-selection button, as in the
Mercedes-AMG C 63
AMG DYNAMIC SELECT Switch for a dynamic, individually selectable driving experience with five modes and AMG-specific parameterisation
Three-stage ESP® Electronic Stability Program
Front axle with newly developed steering knuckles and spring link supporting joints, elastokinematically adapted links as in the Mercedes-AMG C 63
Rear axle with elastokinematics configured for higher driving dynamics
Large brakes with internally ventilated compound brake discs, perforated with 360 mm diameter on the front axle, 320 mm diameter on the rear axle
AMG design with unique front and rear apron as well as specific exhaust tailpipes
Diamond radiator grille with pins in chrome and louvre in high-gloss black
18-inch AMG 5-spoke light-alloy wheels, painted in high-gloss black with a high-sheen finish
AMG instrument cluster in chequered-flag design with 280 km/h scale and AMG main menu
Multifunction sports steering wheel in leather with deep indentations in the grip area, flattened bottom section and red contrasting topstitching
Upholstery in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre in black with sports-seat look and red topstitching
Fully automatic all-season fabric soft top offering outstanding climate comfort and an exceptionally low noise level, which can be opened or closed in just 20 seconds when driving at a speed of up to 50 km/h
There is also an optional fabric acoustic soft top available, for further enhanced climate comfort and an even lower noise level
Boot capacity of 285 to 360 litres ideal for longer journeys

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AMG: the 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine

The new 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine is part of the BlueDIRECT engine family from Mercedes-Benz. Technical advances including a modified boost pressure allowed the AMG engineers to increase the engine’s power output and torque as well as its dynamism and flexibility to typical AMG levels. With 270 kW (367 hp) and 520 Nm, the V6 engine sets new standards in its segment. The same NANOSLIDE® coating of the cylinder liners is used in the Formula One engines of MERCEDES-AMG PETRONAS. Especially tough and, therefore, wear-resistant, this coating also reduces friction, thereby contributing to higher efficiency. The AMG powerplant can be identified by the red aluminium insert in the engine cover.

Short shift times, high efficiency: 9G-TRONIC

The 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission is specially matched to the demands of the C 43 4MATIC. By specifically adapting the software, the AMG developers have been able to significantly shorten the 9-speed transmission’s shift times. The multiple downshift allows faster short bursts of speed, while the double-declutching function in the "Sport" and "Sport Plus" transmission modes makes for an even more emotive driving experience.Furthermore, defined ignition adjustments allow even faster gear changes than in the "Eco" and "Comfort" modes.

"Manual" mode can be selected by pressing a button on the centre console. The gear changes are based on the selected transmission mode, and the driver can now change gear using the paddles on the steering wheel. Also, the transmission stays in the selected gear and does not automatically shift up when the engine speed reaches the limit.

With automatic adjustable damping: the sports suspension

Equipped as standard with the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with adaptive three-stage adjustable damping, the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet has all the right ingredients to deliver outstanding driving dynamics and exceptionally high comfort on long journeys. The front axle has been provided with stiffer steering knuckles, improved elastokinematics and increased negative camber. In combination with the likewise newly developed wishbone guide bearings, this design results in significantly more agile cornering plus more precise and direct suspension feedback from the road. The driver can select the automatic adjustable damping system’s three suspension modes "Comfort", "Sport" and "Sport Plus" using a button on the centre console to fully customise the driving impression.

Characteristics at the tap of a finger: AMG DYNAMIC SELECT

With the five AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes "Eco", "Comfort", "Sport", "Sport Plus" and "Individual", the characteristics of the C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet can be individualised even further at the tap of a finger. The available range extends from efficient and comfortable to very sporty. This modifies key parameters, such as the response of the engine, transmission, suspension set-up and steering.

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To increase efficiency, the ECO start/stop function and the gliding function reduce fuel consumption in "Eco" mode: when the driver releases the accelerator in a speed range between 60 and 160 km/h, the clutch is disengaged and the engine is decoupled from the powertrain. The electronics reduce the engine speed to idle level, and the driving resistance is reduced by the compression and frictional forces of the engine in overrun mode.

Direct and with clear feedback: speed-sensitive sports steering

With its variable ratio, the speed-sensitive sports steering enhances the agile cornering of the new C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet. It impresses with its precise and exceptionally authentic feedback. The power steering assistance can be varied in the "Comfort" or "Sport" setting. The corresponding characteristic is automatically activated depending on the selected AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission mode or can be personalised in "Individual" mode.

Muscular with an emphasis on width: the exterior design

The Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet is likewise sporty in appearance, making it instantly recognisable as a member of the AMG family. Hallmark features include the distinctive AMG design and the specific light-alloy wheels. They underscore the progressive nature and performance of the brand. The engine cover with red aluminium insert accentuates the strengths of the new twin-turbo six-cylinder engine.

The AMG design includes the front apron with sporty distinctive air intakes, diamond meshes, silver chrome trim, as well as the rear apron with matt iridium silver diffuser insert. The diamond radiator grille features chrome-plated pins, a louvre in high-gloss black and AMG lettering. Below this, the silver chrome front splitter ensures an optimal flow of air to the cooling modules.

Additional highlights are the black exterior mirror housings, the high-gloss black beltline trim strip and window frame, and the two chrome-plated tailpipe trim elements with centrepiece. Further distinguishing features include the new "BITURBO – 4MATIC" lettering on the front wings as well as the "AMG" and "C 43" lettering on the left and right of the boot lid respectively.

Customers are also able to order the optional Night package, which includes dark-tinted thermal insulation glass from the B-pillars to the rear, a trim element in the front apron in high-gloss black, a diffuser-look insert at the rear in high-gloss black and two tailpipe trim elements in black with centrepiece.

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AMG 5-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in high-gloss black with a high-sheen finish round off the design visually. Size 225/45 R 18 tyres on 7.5 x 18 light-alloy wheels are fitted at the front, while the rear axle comes with 245/40 R 18 tyres on 8.5 x 18 wheels. Attractive 48.3 cm (19-inch) light-alloy wheels in various designs are optionally available for even greater individualisation.

Sporty look with model-specific details: the interior design

The interior reinforces the car’s consistently dynamic bias with numerous specially designed details. Ideal for a committed driving style, the multifunction sports steering wheel in black leather features a flattened bottom section and red contrasting topstitching, and fits especially well in the hand.

The enhanced lateral support offered by the sports seats keeps the driver in a secure position even when pushing the car to its limits. The upholstery in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre and the dashboard in ARTICO create an exceptionally sporty ambience. The man-made leather is also used on the beltlines, the armrests, the door centre panels and the centre console. Red contrasting topstitching, designo red safety belts and black floor mats with red edging add attractive highlights. The trim in light longitudinal-grain aluminium embedded in the dashboard and the doors provides effective contrasts.

The AMG instrument cluster delivers all relevant information in a clearly arranged layout optimised for a dynamic driving style. An authentic sports car look and feel is provided by two tube-shaped round dials, 11.4 cm (4.5-inch) multifunction colour display, RACETIMER and 280 km/h scale in chequered-flag design.

Suitability for everyday use is additionally enhanced by intelligent comfort functions such as optional AIRSCARF neck-level heating, operation of the fabric soft top while driving (up to 50 km/h, initiated below 5 km/h) and optional automatic closing of the boot separator.

Exclusive options include the fully automatic fabric acoustic soft top, which is available in black, dark blue, brown or dark red. The multi-layered structure incorporating various insulation materials effectively reduces ambient noise and thus reduces the interior noise level.

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