Hail the Cab: Take a look at the latest Merc C-Class

  • AMG performance – even the roof is fast
  • High-tech engine in a luxury medium car
  • Made for drivers who love, well, driving
2016 C-CLASS CABRIOLET: Image: Mercedes-Benz SA / Quickpic
2016 C-CLASS CABRIOLET: Image: Mercedes-Benz SA / Quickpic

Mercedes-AMG is launching the first drop-top member of the still new C-Class family – a C43 4Matic Cabriolet – the convertible version of the C43 4Matic Coupé.

The all-season Cabriolet has a combination of a 270kW three-litre V6 biturbo engine, fast-acting 9G-Tronic auto transmission and standard-fit AMG Performance 4Matic all-wheel drive.

“The open-air enjoyment for four people,” Mercedes-Benz SA says, “is backed by the brand’s hallmark Driving Performance thanks to a suspension with stiffer elasto-kinematics 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 fuel at a modest rate of 8.3 litres/100km (NEDC combined).”

2016 C-CLASS CABRIOLET: Image: Mercedes-Benz SA / Quickpic
2016 C-CLASS CABRIOLET: Image: Mercedes-Benz SA / Quickpic

Florian Seidler, co-CEO of Mercedes-Benz SA and executive director for, Mercedes-Benz cars, told The Corner in a media release: “The AMG product portfolio will continue to grow rapidly. With the C43 4Matic Cabriolet we’re offering a younger target group yet another alternative to discover the fascinating world of AMG.”

…AND THE CAR’S HIGHLIGHTS

The three-litre V6 biturbo engine delivers 270kW at 5500rpm and 520Nm from 2000-4200rpm through all-wheel drive and, MBSA says, can take the car to 100km/h, from rest, in 4.8sec. Top speed is limited to 250km/h and the AWD has rear-biased torque distribution.

Here’s how MBSA rates the car’s highlights:

⦁ 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine with modified engine management, increased boost pressure, and noticeably enhanced dynamism and flexibility
⦁ 9G-Tronic auto transmission with double-declutching function during downshifts and particularly short response times in Sport Plus mode

2016 C-CLASS CABRIOLET: Image: Mercedes-Benz SA / Quickpic
2016 C-CLASS CABRIOLET: Image: Mercedes-Benz SA / Quickpic

⦁ AMG Performance 4Matic all-wheel drive with rear-biased torque distribution (31/69%, front/rear)
⦁ AMG sport suspension with adaptive three-stage shock-absorbers, same as in the Mercedes-AMG C63
⦁ AMG switch for a dynamic, selectable, driving experience with five modes
⦁ Three-stage electronic stability control
⦁ Large brakes with internally ventilated compound and perforated brake discs, 360mm diameter front and 320mm rear
⦁ AMG front and rear aprons, model-specific tailpipes

2016 C-CLASS CABRIOLET: Image: Mercedes-Benz SA / Quickpic
2016 C-CLASS CABRIOLET: Image: Mercedes-Benz SA / Quickpic

⦁ 18″ AMG five-spoked polished alloy high-gloss black wheel rims
⦁ AMG instrument cluster in chequered-flag design with 280km/h scale and AMG main menu
⦁ Multifunctionand leather-wrapped sport steering-wheel with flattened bottom section and red stitching
⦁ Fully-auto all-seasons fabric soft-top that, at 50km/h or less, will open or close in 20sec. Better-insulated top is an option
⦁ Boot capacity of 285 to 360 litres

2016 C-CLASS CABRIOLET: Image: Mercedes-Benz SA / Quickpic
2016 C-CLASS CABRIOLET: Image: Mercedes-Benz SA / Quickpic

The nine-speed auto transmission allows multiple downshifts for, the automaker says, “faster short bursts of speed” or changes can be achieved manually through paddles on the steering-wheel. Sport, Eco and Comfort modes can be selected.

An engine stop/start function and “gliding” – disconnected the drive train when its not needed – help to reduce fuel consumption. The car’s computer reduces engine speed to idle.

Buyers can opt for a ‘Night Package’ which includes darkened thermal insulation glass from the B-pillars to the rear, a trim element in the front apron in gloss black, a rear diffuser-look insert (also gloss black) and two black tailpipe trim elements.

Other wheel sizes are also available.

As with all Mercedes-Benz cars, the AMG C43 Cabriolet is delivered with a six-year or 100 000km maintenance plan.

PRICE
Mercedes-AMG C 43 Cabriolet – R1 039 900

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