Review: 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Cabriolet

– Trieste, Italy

Look, I’m sure you could drive the new 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 Cabriolet every single day and be happy as a clam. It’s a great car. But you know what’s an even better car? The AMG C43. And you know what’s an even betterer car? The C63. Which brings me to the range-topping C63 S. It’s even betterer… er. Or something. But seriously, after a day spent driving through Italian and Slovenian wine country, one thing’s for sure: The glory and sound of Merc’s C-Class AMG is even more awesome with no roof over your head.

Pros

  • Lament the death of Mercedes’ old naturally aspirated 6.2-liter AMG V8 all you want; there is replacement for displacement, and the biturbocharged 4.0-liter V8 is proof. I love the immediacy of this engine – the 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque are always available with no lag from the turbos. The seven-speed AMG Speedshift transmission warrants no complaints, either, with rapid-fire shifts and the ability to hold gears during long series of switchback turns.
  • And then there’s that noise. Don’t kid yourself by thinking you’re not going to push the exhaust button to the right of the COMAND infotainment knob. Let that V8 sing loud and proud. There’s a throaty, naturally aspirated quality to the engine note, and plenty of cracks and pops and burbles from the quad-tip exhaust out back. It’s one of the best parts about the C63 Cabriolet experience – with the top down, all that glorious vibrato is just as audible for driver and passenger as i...