Written by Marco Carvajal
Photographs by Marco Carvajal
2019 Mercedes Benz Cabriolet AMG C43 is the Entry level AMG on the C-Class Cabriolet. Powered and optimized with AMG, this is not your regular C-Class. It is fast, strong and efficient, with an engine that produces a large 385 horse power!
The Cabriolet AMG C43 enjoys all the benefits from AMG performance, technology and efficiency, it feels very luxury and expensive but more than that, it is powerful, it is optimized for performance and racing, it is an AMG!
Starting at $63,650 MSRP, this Cabriolet is not the cheapest one on the market, but it is an AMG Mercedes Benz! a very stylish and luxury one. It is the entry level and cheapest AMG Cabriolet for the C-Class, followed by more expensive models like the AMG C 63 Cabriolet at $76,100 and the AMG C 63 Cabriolet at $83,100. If we go for the non-AMG C300 Cabriolet, then the price goes down starting at $51,850 MSRP, a very good entry level price for a luxury cabriolet by Mercedes Benz. However the AMG versions, even if more expensive, also give you much more power with optimized performance, push the accelerator and you will feel the AMG power.
2019 Mercedes Benz Cabriolet AMG C43 – Highlights
- 4-passenger capacity
- AMG-enhanced 3.0L V6 biturbo Engine
- AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9-speed Automatic Transmission
- Horse Power
385 hp at 6,100 RPM
- Max. torque (lb-ft)
384 at 2,500-5,000 rpm
0-60 MPH in 4.6 seconds
- Top speed (electronically limited)
- Displacement 2,996 cc
- Drive System
- AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive with rear-biased torque
18 City MPG / 25 Highway MPG
Fuel economy on this Cabriolet is not very good compared to other cabriolets, but it is actually for driving a 385 Horse Power car with AMG Performance.
The development of the C-Cabriolet started since 2016, when the C-Class started to include a sporty two-door Cabriolet. Now the C-Class has come to a higher level by offering this sporty luxury cabriolet.
AMG – Driving Performance
Mercedes Benz division AMG started about 50 years ago, during the 1960’s, with 2 engineers working at the Daimler-Benz who started to optimized Mercedes Benz engines and cars for racing and performance. The AMG name comes from A as in Aufrecht, M as in Melcher and G as in Grossaspach. Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher were working together in Grossaspach, Germany.
Today AMG has developed from a two-man operation into a global brand. They spent their spare time further improving the performance for MB engines, and became experts in optimizing the performance of Mercedes-Benz vehicles. In 1971 their optimized AMG Mercedes 300 SEL 6.8 became the winner in its class and second place overall, at the 24 hours racing in Spa.
Today all Mercedes Benz vehicles with the letters AMG are fast cars ready for performance with optimized engines and special features, aerodynamic bodies, high-speed capabilities, driver comfort and exterior design to complete a luxury performance car.
The 2019 Mercedes Benz Cabriolet AMG C43 enjoys the result of 50 years of AMG performance evolution with all the characteristics that make this Cabriolet a powerful AMG.
The following are some of the AMG features on the C43:
- AMG-enhanced 3.0-liter V6 biturbo engine
- AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9-speed sport transmission with shorter shift times’
- AMG DYNAMIC SELECT
- AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive
- AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension
- AMG speed-sensitive steering
- AMG Track Pace
2019 Mercedes Benz Cabriolet AMG C43
The new 2019 C43 Class Cabriolet is the entry level on the AMG C-Class Cabriolet. The C-Class AMG Cabriolet line continues with the AMG C 63 and AMG C 63 S. This model is produced at the Mercedes-Benz Bremen plant in Germany. The 2019 C43 has more powerful engine, producing 385 HP.
AMG engineers pay special attention to the drivetrain, axles, brakes, dampers, and body construction in general with the goal to produce a safe and efficient Cabriolet AMG, a work of art for those who love speed and performance.
“With the new C 43 Coupe and Cabriolet, we offer our customers extensively upgraded, visually and technically distinctive entry-level options into the performance world of Mercedes-AMG,” says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
The Sportiness and driving pleasure of the C-Cabriolet have been enhanced with a sharper exterior and interior design, a new digital cockpit with great resolution.
The convertible soft top can easily be operated to be opened and closed, from the outside with the vehicle key using the “Open/Close” buttons. Cargo space is limited.
The C-Class includes standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, it also includes two USB ports, SD card reader, Bluetooth connection and media interface. All the basic technology comes standard without having to buy additional packages.
For those who want more and smarter technologies, the C43 can add packages or subscriptions like COMAND.
2019 Updates for the AMG C43 Cabriolet
- New exterior design with a twin-louver AMG radiator grille, muscular front bumper and new rear bumper with round twin tailpipe trim elements.
- The interior benefits from an optional fully digital cockpit with distinctive AMG displays and the new generation of steering wheels.
- The AMG-enhanced 3.0-liter V6 biturbo engine now delivers 385 hp, producing 23 hp more than the previous version.
- The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C43 Cabriolet is equipped with a Fast-reacting AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9-speed sport transmission and rear-biased AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive, for a fantastic driving experience.
4MATIC All-wheel Drive
4MATIC all-wheel drive makes the most of the available traction by precisely engaging all four wheels only when necessary. Just in case you don’t have enough power and performance, the C43 model also includes 4MATIC, the AWD four-wheel drive system developed by Mercedes-Benz, designed to increase traction on difficult driving conditions. 4MATIC helps you to maximize the use of the right precise traction when needed. Instead of having all four tires do the work equally, 4MATIC features a number of advanced, and quick-thinking innovations to give individual power to each wheel as weather or road conditions change.
The C43 includes several optional packages for an extra charge. For example the optional AMG Performance Studio Package can give your C43 a more sportier look with features like a more expressive front splitter, standard-fit spoiler lip, broader side skirt inserts and flics in the rear bumper finished in high-gloss black. If your budget is not a limit, there is room for improvement.
The C-Class is becoming smarter, the 2019 is able to drive semi-autonomously, it scans the traffic with an improved camera and radar systems that allow it to see up to approximately 1,640 feet ahead, including 295 feet in 3D. An advance feature on the 2019 C-Cabriolet is the future-oriented driving assistance system with S-Class functionality. This new Mercedes-Benz driving assistance systems offers the driver cooperative support, providing better active safety. The surroundings of this cabriolet are scanned by radar across a distance of up to approximately 820 feet to the front, 130 feet to the sides and 260 feet in the rear.
The Mercedes Benz navigation system is very advanced, it does an amazing work. It is one of the most intuitive and user-friendly navigation system.
The new C-Class uses map and navigation data for assistance functions. Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC as part of the Driver Assistance Package, is able to give the driver map-based support and predictively adjust the speed when needed. New improvements include intuitively understandable Active Lane Change Assist and Active Emergency Stop Assist as new functions of Active Steering Assist. The latest-generation COMAND Navigation is available as optional equipment.
The digital cockpit and the center console of the 2019 Mercedes Benz Cabriolet AMG C43 are beautifully designed, with new sporty and luxury materials. KEYLESS-GO starting function is standard.
The standard 48-month/50,000 mile New-Vehicle Limited Warranty by Mercedes Benz is a good basic warranty, but it runs fast. For those who prefer not to have any surprises along the ride, it can be worth to buy an extended warranty before the new car warranty expires, especially consider the high cost of repairs and certain parts on luxury vehicles.
The 2019 Mercedes Benz AMG-enhanced 3.0-liter V6 engine is more powerful than ever, it delivers 385 hp. The peak torque of 384 lb-ft is available in a broad engine speed range from 2,500 to 5,000 rpm. The new C 43 Cabriolet accelerates from zero to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds..it is very fast. The top speed of this Cabriolet is electronically limited to 130 mph.
The C43 offers advance technology making this Mercedes Benz safer and more advanced than any previous C43 Cabriolet, more features standard and a luxury sporty design.
Not only it is more powerful, but it also has more features and better style than ever. Sportiness, sharper design, advanced digital cockpit and a more powerful engine on this luxury two-door Cabriolet. The AMG C43 can be a great choice for those shopping for a luxury cabriolet, who wish to own a luxury 4 passenger car priced near $64K with a fast engine. Those who enjoy performance would love all the AMG features, 4Matic functionality, C-Class semi-autonomous drive, advanced future-oriented driving assistance system with S-Class functionality, with the latest Mercedes-Benz driving assistance systems.
Mercedes Benz keeps building great luxury cars, the new 2019 C 43 Cabriolet is a great entry-level car into the optimized AMG performance line.