Mercedes-AMG C43 4Matic Cabriolet debuts at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on March 1, 2016

With the new C43 4MATIC Cabriolet, Mercedes-AMG is revealing the first open-top offering under the C-Class lineup. Like the C43 4MATIC Coupé, the C43 4MATIC Cabriolet is equipped with a 270 kW or 367 hp 3.0-liter V6 biturbo engine, 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission, and AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel-drive technology.

The four-seater vehicle features a discrete suspension with stiffer unique elastokinematics and three-stage adjustable damping. The open-top C43 4MATIC can cover up to 100 km with just 8.30 liters of fuel. Two vehicles under the C-Class family are in attendance at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show — the C43 4MATIC Coupé and Cabriolet models.

Production of Mercedes-AMG is seen to grow at a faster pace this year, leading to a more diverse Driving Performance world. Mercedes-AMG GmbH CEO Tobias Moers said that with the two new additions in the C-Class family, the car maker is targeting a younger group of consumers.

The respective characteristics of the five AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes— Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus, and Individual— can easily be personalized and modified with just a few taps. Drivers can modify key driving parameters such as transmission, steering, suspension, and engine response.

The speed-sensitive sports steering, made perfect with its variable ratio, improves the agile cornering of the vehicle. The power steering assistance can be modified under two modes: Comfort and Sport. The characteristic is automatically activated depending on which mode is selected and/or can be modified under the Individual AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission mode.

Exterior Design

New C43 4MATIC Cabriolet boasts a sporty appearance, making it a true AMG. It features the distinct styling cues of Mercedes-AMG together with the specific light-alloy wheels, highlighting the brand's progressive performance.

The red aluminum insert under the hood, on the other hand, emphasizes the biturbo V6 engine's strengths. Key styling language includes the front apron with sporty air intakes, silver chrome trim, diamond meshes, and rear apron with matt iridium silver diffuser insert.

The diamond radiator grille comes with a high-gloss black louvre, chrome-played pins, and exquisite AMG lettering. Located underneath is the silver chrome front splitter that offers optimal airflow to the cooling modules.

Completing the exterior package are the high-gloss black beltline trim strip and window frame, the two chrome-plated tailpipe trim elements with centerpiece, the black exterior mirror housing, the BITURBO-4MATIC lettering on the front wings, the AMG lettering on the left side of the boot lid, and the C43 lettering on the right side of the boot lid.

Customers may opt for an optional Night package, which includes a high-gloss black trim element in the front apron, two black tailpipe trim elements with a centerpiece, dark-tinted thermal insulation glass from the B-pillars to the rear, and a high-gloss black diffuser-look insert at the rear.

The high-gloss black five-spoke light alloy wheels with a high-sheen enhance the classic AMG styling further. The front axle comes with 225/45 R 18 tires on 7.50-inch by 18-inch light alloy wheels while the rear axle is built with 245/40 R 18 tires on 8.50-inch by 18-inch wheels. Customers may also avail of optional 19-inch or 48.30-cm light-alloy wheels for further personalization.

Interior Design

The interior of the C43 4MATIC Cabriolet reinforces the dynamic bias with various exclusive design cues. The multifunctional sports steering wheel covered in black leather, which perfectly fits in the hand, comes with a flattened bottom section and red contrasting topstitching.

The sports seats also offer better lateral support, keeping the driver in a safe position when pushing the car to its limits. The ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfiber upholstery and the ARTICO dashboard offer a sportier interior.

The armrests, beltlines, center console, and door center panels also come in man-made leather. The designo red safety belts, black floor mats with red edging, and red contrasting topstitching also offer effective highlights inside the vehicle.

The dashboard and the doors are embedded with trim in light longitudinal-grain aluminum that creates a visually appealing look. The AMG instrument cluster displays all necessary information on an organized layout, offering a dynamic, modern driving style. The two tube-shaped round dials, RACETIMER, 280 km/h scale in checkered-flag design, and 4.50-inch or 11.49-cm display completes the authentic sporty appearance of the C43 4MATIC Cabriolet.

For increased comfort, the new open-top vehicle can also be availed with optional comfort features such as AIRSCARF neck-level heating, automatic closing of the boot separator, and operation of the fabric soft top while driving up to 50 km/h.

Other exclusive optional features and specifications include the 100% automatic fabric acoustic soft top that can be availed in brown, black, dark red, or dark blue. The multi-layered structure comes with a number of insulation materials that effectively minimize noise levels.


The biturbo engine of the new open-top vehicle can deliver up to 270 kW or 367 hp and a maximum torque of 520 Nm, allowing the C43 4MATIC Cabriolet to accelerate up to 100 km/h in less than 5 seconds. Its speed has an electronic limit of 250 km/h.

The efficient agility can be attributed to the standard-fit AMG-Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive paired with rear-biased torque distribution, the stiffer elastokinematics, the precise steering, and the improved front axle.

Mercedes-Benz' new engine, which is part of Mercedes-Benz' BlueDIRECT engine lineup, comes with a modified boost pressure that allowed the developers to improve the power output, torque, flexibility, and dynamism of the vehicle.

Cylinder liners are coated with the same NANOSLIDE used in the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One engines. The tough and wear-resistant coating help reduce friction for increased efficiency. The red aluminum insert in the engine cover identifies the AMG manufacturing plant.


9G-TRONIC automatic transmission is specifically made to meet the demands of the new C43 4MATIC Cabriolet. With the software, engineers were able to shorten the shift times of the nine-speed transmission significantly.

The multiple downshift provides faster speed short bursts. Meanwhile, the double-declutching feature under the Sport and Sport Plus transmission modes offer a more dramatic driving experience. Under the Eco and Comfort transmission modes, the ignition adjustments result in faster gear changes.

Sports Suspension

New C43 4MATIC Cabriolet comes with a standard AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with adaptive three-stage adjustable damping, delivering excellent dynamics and outstanding comfort during long hours of driving.

The front axle comes with better elastokinematics, heightened negative camber, and stiffer steering knuckles. Together with the new wishbone guide bearings, the enhanced engineering provides more agile cornering and more precise suspension feedback from the road.

Automatically adjustable damping system comes with three suspension modes: Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus. Drivers can easily select a mode by pressing a button on the center console.

Press Release

The new Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Cabriolet: Open for maximum driving pleasure

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).
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

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.

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.

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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