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Mercedes-AMG stunts on the road this fall with the intro of its drop-top C-Class. The soft-top 2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabriolet a sultry body with high-class / high-tech driving dynamics.
All New Design has Swag on 1000
The C43 convertible has sleek C-Class styling coupled with muscular AMG aerodynamic features. The diamond radiator grille has chrome-plated pins and louvres in high gloss black. The sporty AMG elements gives the whip macho appeal and track-ready performance. The hood has three long vanes flanking the front fascia with big air intakes and diamond mesh. A silver-chrome front spitter ensures an optimal flow of air to various cooling modules.
The AMG C43 is short but not too low slung or sloped back, giving it a more aggressive stance. The coupe sits on 18 inch light alloy shoes- 5-spoke with a high sheen finish. Nineteen-inch light-alloy wheels are available in different styles. And the back of the whip features chrome-plated tailpipes and a matt iridium silver diffuser insert. The ‘AMG’ and ‘C43’ emblems deck out the trunk lid while ‘BITURBO – 4MATIC’ styles the front fender.
Compact Interior has Premium Dynamic Design
The aggressive exterior design lends itself to a more romantic interior with high-class leather and new dynamic driving controls. The Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabriolet has a fabric soft-top that can close at up to 31 mph in 20 seconds. An exclusive fully automatic fabric acoustic soft top, available in black, dark blue, brown, or dark red is made of quality insulation materials that reduce ambient noise.
The whip comes with MB-Tex / DINAMICA microfiber sports seats with MB-Tex instrument panel trim. The man-made leather is also used on the upper edges of the body, the armrests, the door center panels and center console. The familiar AIRSCARF is included to heat the neck during high-speed driving.
The interior is essential black on black, with red topstitching, designo red safety belts and black floor mats with red edging that gives it a sporty flair. Aluminum trim on the doors and dash sets off the black and red.
The driver’s instrument cluster has a checkered flag design with 4.5 inch multifunction color display and RACETIMER. And the flat-bottomed leather-wrapped steering wheel has cool embossing and red contrast topstitching.
Of course the rear legroom is virtually nonexistent but who cares. This whip is more comfortable solo-dolo or with a duo. Then 2 passengers can push the front seats all the way back and enjoy the tranquil ride, or brace for a thrill ride from the V6 Biturbo and 9 speed automatic trans.
Race-ready V6, Stuntastic 4Matic and 9G-Tronic
With 362 horsepower, 384 lb-ft of torque and a top speed of 155 mph, the C43’s V6 sets a new standard in its segment.
The C43’s 3.0 liter V6 Biturbo engine has seen several technical advances including a modified boost pressure allowing for increased power output and torque. For increased efficiency, the engine has a nanoslide coating on the cylinder liners and ECO start/stop technology that reduces the powertrain to ‘idle’ level when stopped or when cruising below 99 mph.
The 9G-Tronic automatic transmission is harmoniously matched to the demands of the Mercedes-AMG C43, with shorter shift times and the ability to skip gears when downshifting. With the AMG Dynamic Select, the driver gets 5 selectable modes; Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus, and Individual that will fine-tune engine response, transmission, speed-sensitive sport steering, and suspension.
Defined ignition adjustments provide faster gearshifts in Eco and Comfort modes. And a double-declutching feature in Sport and Sport Plus modes makes working the paddle shifters a thrill ride.
AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive creates a spirited yet refined driving experience with its rear-torque bias of 31% to 69% (front to rear axle).
As usual the 4MATIC C43 AMG stunts with sport suspension via the AMG Ride Control with adaptive three-stage adjustable damping. The whip has all the right ingredients to deliver outstanding driving dynamics and high-comfort. The race-ready suspension now has stiffer steering knuckles, improved elastokinematics and new wishbone guide bearings for added agility and high-performance handling. Three suspension modes, Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus are customizable via the center console.
Other sporty features include the perforated 14 inch front and 12 inch rear disc brakes both ventilated, and the three-stage electronic stability program.
There’s still info on safety features or prices and add-ons that hasn’t been announced. I’m hoping the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 4MATIC Cabriolet isn’t more than $40k.
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