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2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Convertible

#32
in Midsize convertibles
2017 MODEL

$72,850 - $80,850

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Overview

The AMG division from Mercedes, are known to make cars that are truly bonkers when it comes to performance. One such vehicle is the Mercedes AMG C63, a saloon that is a true brute on the road tied up in a neat luxurious and solid German package. Now, Mercedes has decided to release the drop-top version and it’s called the 2017 Mercedes AMG C63 convertible.

When it comes to dropping tops, the Merc AMG C63 convertible is one of the most gorgeous vehicles to look at from the outside. Unlike the coupe version, the convertible top makes the other design elements shine even more to make look like a real head turner.

The innards of the C63 convertible are the same as all the other version of the C63. Which implies that the car is still the manic, tire shredding widowmaker we know all know it to be but, in a much more sexier avatar.

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Pros

Gorgeous looks

Powerful V8 engine

Top notch interior

Cons

Fuel thirsty engine

Pricey

Stiff ride

What's New?

After witnessing a major change in the engine compartment in the outgoing model, the 2017 Mercedes AMG C63 Convertible carries on with a little to no changes from the outgoing variant.


Features

Power

469 hp

479 lb-ft

MPG

17 city

22 hwy

Engine

V8 cyl

4 l

transmission

7A

0 to 60

4.2 sec



Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Convertible AMG C 63

AMG C 63

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$72,850

Configurations
AMG C 63 2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
Transmission: 7A MPG: (17/19/22)

 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Convertible AMG C 63 S

AMG C 63 S

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$80,850

Configurations
AMG C 63 S 2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
Transmission: 7A MPG: (17/19/22)

Expert Review


carhp editor Last updated 21 days ago

When it comes to dropping tops, the Merc AMG C63 convertible is one of the most gorgeous vehicles to look at from the outside. Unlike the coupe version, the convertible top makes the other design elements shine even more to make look like a real head turner.

The innards of the C63 convertible are the same as all the other version of the C63. Which implies that the car is still the manic, tire shredding widowmaker we know all know it to be but, in a much more sexier avatar.

Features

The 2017 Mercedes AMG C63 is available in only one well-loaded trim. The engine is a 4.0L Biturbo engine which comes as standard. The standard list of features include LED DRLs, LED headlamps and taillamps, 7-inch infotainment screen, AIRSCARF neck-level heating system, front bass system and Bluetooth audio streaming amongst other features The Merc AMG C63 convertible comes with an MSRP of $72,850.

Trim

Mercedes AMG C 63 convertible

MSRP

$72,850

Key

Features

  • FrontBass system
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • AIRSCARF neck-level heating system for front seat
  • 7" high-resolution color central screen
  • Console-mounted touchpad/rotary central controller
  • High-resolution color multifunction display
  • SiriusXM Radio with 6-month All Access trial
  • HD Radio receiver
  • Prewiring for Garmin MAP PILOT
  • Mercedes-Benz mbrace Connect services
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • LED headlamps and LED taillamps

Engine

“The top of the line Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S do everything you'd expect a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 to do. The 469-hp or 503-hp banshee bellows up to 60 mph in four seconds or less, en route to 180 mph. It's a hammer compared to the ATS-V's chainsaw or BMW's M-Series scalpel. You choose the right tool for your job.”-carconnection

Engine and Transmission

The engine on duty in the 2017 Mercedes AMG C63 convertible is a 4.0L bi-turbo V8 motor that is paired with a razor sharp 7-speed automatic gearbox. The engine produces 469 hp and 479 lb-ft torque direct to the rear wheels. The real-life feels and power of the car makes the engine stats look rather conservative. The C63 Convertible is actually a tire-shredding muscle car in the guise of a German coupe.

The Merc AMG C63 convertible is the fastest car in the segment on paper. Not too far behind with a little less power is the Chevy Corvette 460 hp.

Models

Mercedes AMG C 63 convertible

BMW M4 convertible

Chevrolet Corvette GrandSport w/2LT convertible

MSRP

$72,850

$74,700

$73,905

Engine

4.0L V8

3.0L i6

6.2L V8

Transmission

7 Speed automatic

6 Speed manual

7 Speed manual

Horsepower

469 hp@5500rpm

425 hp@5500rpm

460 hp@6000rpm

Torque

479 ft-lb@1750rpm

406 ft-lb@1850rpm

465 ft-lb@4600rpm

Acceleration

Push the pedal to the metal and the following acceleration on the Merc AMG C63 convertible gives you the amazing feeling of wind blasting at your face. The throttle response is almost instant and you are pushed into your seat in no time. 0-60 mph comes up in 4.2 seconds while a quarter of a mile takes 12.7 seconds.

Almost all the vehicles in the segment post almost similar 0 to 60 mph timings ranging from 4.1 seconds to 4.3 seconds. But the Chevy Corvette takes the cake by being the fastest at 3.8 seconds

Models

Mercedes AMG C 63 convertible

BMW M4 convertible

Chevrolet Corvette GrandSport w/2LT convertible

0-60 MPH

4.2 sec

4.3 sec

3.8 sec

Quarter mile

12.7 sec

12.4 sec

12.1 sec

Engine

4.0L V8

3.0L i6

6.2L V8

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

9.3

8.8

9.3

Ride and Handling

There is no denying that the Merc AMG C63 convertible is a hefty car and the weight does become apparent when really pushing the car to the limit. But, the car is still one of the best handling cars in its segment. It hugs the corners like a much more expensive car and pulls out of them through the help of its seamless power delivery.

The suspension and overall ride quality is great over smooth tarmac but the moment you encounter a bad patch of road, the ride quality becomes unnerving with rattles and creaks making their way inside the cabin.

Braking

The Merc AMG C63 features a set of 15.4-inch brake rotors in the front and 14.2-inch brake rotors in the rear. The overall brake feel and response are optimized to near perfection. A 60-0 mph halt comes up in 109 ft.

All the cars in the segment stand almost neck to neck with each other. Braking distance amongst the car ranges from 107 to 109 ft.

Model

Mercedes AMG C 63 convertible

BMW M4 convertible

Chevrolet Corvette GrandSport w/2LT convertible

Brake Front (in.)

15.4

15

13.6

Brake Rear (in.)

14.2

14.6

13.3

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4206

4070

3487

60-0 MPH (ft.)

109

107

N/A

Fuel Economy

Fuel economy is hardly an issue for people looking to buy the Merc AMG C63 convertible. But, it still can’t hide away the fact that the C63 returns a poor gas mileage of around 19 mpg combined and that too when driven conservatively.

In response, all the other rivals register the same stats when it comes to fuel economy.

Model

Mercedes AMG C 63 convertible

BMW M4 convertible

Chevrolet Corvette GrandSport w/2LT convertible

MPG (city)

17

17

16

MPG (highway)

22

24

25

MPG (combined)

19

19

19

Interior

“A multilayer fabric power soft top resides under a hard tonneau when the vehicle is operating in al fresco mode, at which point the tasteful matte-chrome element that surrounds the passenger compartment comes into full view.”-Kelley Blue Book

Seating and Comfort

Since the car shares its innards with its cousins the Merc AMG C63 offers a high-quality cabin with a lot of expensive and soft-touch materials laden throughout the interior. The seats are heavily bolstered and offer a great a seating surface with just the right amount of support all around. The rear seats, however, are best left for the kids because they are too cramped for even a normal sized adult.

The Merc AMG C63, Chevy Corvette and BMW M4 are almost neck to neck in terms of interior space in the front but the M4 nicks it from the C63 when it comes to rear space.

Model

Mercedes AMG C 63 convertible

BMW M4 convertible

Chevrolet Corvette GrandSport w/2LT convertible

Passenger capacity

4

4

2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.7/54.8/42.0

40.4/55.3/42.2

37.9/55.2/43.0

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

35.6/51.7/32.0

37.1/49.8/33.1

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Infotainment System

The infotainment system on the Merc AMG C63 convertible consists of a 7-inch center mounted hi-def touchscreen. All the features on the screen can be accessed through the help of a centrally mounted knob which can be a tad over sensitive at times. All in all, the bevy of features make the MMI a little complicated but nothing that one can’t get used to over time.

Interior Features

Some of the interior features of the Merc AMG C63 are

  • 7-inch infotainment screen
  • Leather upholstery
  • Premium audio system
  • Steel and carbon interior inserts

Cargo Capacity

Convertibles are infamous for being short on boot space due to the added heft of a soft top. The Merc AMG C63 convertible follows the suit and offers a tiny 8.8 ft.cube of boot space.

The winner in the segment is the Chevy Corvette with a boot space of 10 ft.cube. The BMW M4, on the other hand, has the smallest boot in the segment at 7.9 ft.cube.

Model

Mercedes AMG C 63 convertible

BMW M4 convertible

Chevrolet Corvette GrandSport w/2LT convertible

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

8.8

7.9

10.0

Exterior

“There are massively flared wheels arches, an ultra-wide stance, and gigantic wheels. Funny enough, Mercedes says it had to redesign a lot of the standard Cabriolet’s exterior to accommodate the bigger engine and wider track.”-topspeed

Dimensions and Weight

The elephant in the room is the curb weight of the Merc AMG C63 drop top, the car is around 250 lbs heavier than its 2 door cousin at 4206 lbs. But, the drop-top adds a lot of charm and smartness to the overall image of the car. The flared fenders and mean front fascia pop out, even more, when the top is lowered.

At 55.2 inches in height and 187 inches in length, the Merc C63 convertible is the tallest and longest vehicle in the segment by a good margin.

Model

Mercedes AMG C 63 convertible

BMW M4 convertible

Chevrolet Corvette GrandSport w/2LT convertible

Curb weight (lbs.)

4206

4070

3487

Length(in)

187.0

184.6

177.9

Width(in)

73.9

73.6

77.4

Height(in)

55.2

54.6

48.7

Ground clearance (in)

4.4

4.7

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

111.8

110.7

106.7

Track width (in) F/R

64.4/62.7

62.2/63.1

63.5/62.5

Exterior Features

Some of the key exterior features of the Merc AMG C63 convertible are

  • Flared wheel arches
  • Aggressive front fascia
  • Quad exhausts
  • Blackened alloy wheels

Safety

Being a flagship German sports coupe, safety features are aplenty on the Merc AMG C63 convertible. All the basic features such as airbags, ABS, ESP, emergency brake assist are present on the C63.

There are no high-end features such as night vision camera etc on offer but an optional safety pack can be included to add some extra active safety features.

  • Adaptive braking technology
  • COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS ATTENTION ASSIST
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
  • Emergency-sensing Brake Assist (BAS)
  • Advanced Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • 8 air bags

Competition

Mercedes AMG C63 VS BMW M4

The BMW M4 has always been the biggest competitor of the Merc AMG C63 and for good reason. The way the BMW delivery its power is very different and much more streamlined than the Merc. When it comes to interior, they are almost neck to neck but the C63 takes it away by much less than you think.

Simply put, the C63 convertible is a muscle car with looks to kill and the M4, on the other hand, is sedated car that is much more low key to look at and drive.

Mercedes AMG C63 VS Chevy Corvette

Chevy Corvette is America’s answer to the German sports cars. The car has a cult following in the States and the newest ‘Vette is the most powerful car yet. When it comes to performance, the car has proven pedigree and it loves to lay down its power in the most spectacular and attention-grabbing fashion.

The Corvette is definitely a serious car to drive but it just doesn't matches the opulence of its German rivals. The cabin from both these cars are vastly different in terms of fit and finish.

Final Verdict

The Mercedes Benz AMG C63 Convertible is one hell of a car to look at and in terms of driving pleasure as well. The car has so much yet so little going on at all times. It can turn into a speed demon at one tap but can also provide you with drop top pleasure at sane speeds. There is not a lot at fault except the jarringly stiff suspension and a disturbingly expensive base price. All in all, if a numbingly fast, capable and luxurious drop is what you need and you only settle for the best, the C63 Convertible should definitely be your next pick.

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