Mercedes-Benz launched its latest generation C-Class in January at the Detroit Auto Show, with the new sedan taking on the styling of the latest S-Class and shrinking it down to a more nimble, affordable size. Even though the new sedan is not going on sale here until September, the German luxury maven is reportedly already working on future variants – maybe even a C-Class AMG convertible.

Autocar recently spotted the C63 AMG successor testing ahead of a rumored 2015 release, and it says that not only will its sedan, coupe and wagon bodystyles return, the British publication says there's even a new convertible version in the works, and AMG will get in on the topless fun, too. The next AMG C-Class is heavily rumored to house a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 with about 480 horsepower. The new engine will replace the current 451-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8, a move that would be consistent with AMG's trend towards downsized engines with forced induction. Interestingly, Autocar maintains that the next C63 will continue to be a rear-wheel-drive only affair – bucking the trend that has seen Affalterbach fitting its 4Matic all-wheel drive to more and more of its models.

Rarely one to comment on future product, Mercedes is declining to confirm that a C-Class convertible is in development, AMG or otherwise. However, Christian Bokich, Mercedes-Benz USA Product and Technology PR Manager, has commented to Autoblog that "there could be another C-Class coupe on the way within the next 2-3 years."

While it would certainly be nice to hear the whistle of the next C63 AMG's twin-turbo V8 with the top down, it sounds like we might be waiting quite a while to have that dream fulfilled.


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      carguy1701
      • 10 Months Ago
      While I applaud them sticking with RWD, the notion of a vert sounds silly to me. Would this C63 vert be the only vert based on the C-class range, or would there be non-AMG verts too?
        Kay Vee
        • 10 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        Interesting question, and only time will tell. But it doesn't seem as too bad an idea to have a more luxurious convertible in the regular Mercedes line-up next to the smaller, sportier and more playful SLK. Besides, looking at how (especially the German) car manufacturers are so damn keen on having a model on offer for pretty much whatever niche there is and whatever niche that still has to "discovered" (created is a better choice of words), an extra convertible makes sense. Sell they most likely will anyway. And even if it wouldn't, development and production costs can be kept very low due to the fact that it wouldn't take much more than throwing a set of new sheets on an already existing platform that hardly calls for any modifications. Better yet, if they design it as such that the convertible is the main product, then they don't even need to go through the relatively-expensive-but-then-again-not-all-that-expensive hassle of adding extra rigidity and such.
      wooootles
      • 10 Months Ago
      So it will continue to be an axe murderer with headlamps...
        Hi
        • 10 Months Ago
        @wooootles
        The next C63 had BETTER get BOTH a DCT and ALL WHEEL DRIVE if it want's to compete in 2014. If not, educated buyer will just buy Audi or Porsche instead.
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Hi
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      Kay Vee
      • 10 Months Ago
      It makes sense from an economical point of view. After all, companies need to sell, and surely there's more than a handful of people willing to wire some money to Mercedes for a high-powered, relatively small yet more "classy" convertible than the current SLK offering. I for one have no interest in such a model whatsoever, yet all the more in the sedan version. It's a bit of a pity that the humongous but also near-ancient 6.2L V8 is going to have to go, but I trust the folks over at MB and AMG to deliver just as much fun and punch with less displacement. Hey, maybe they can make it a hybrid? ;)
      shotterboy
      • 10 Months Ago
      Please God, let it be a hardtop so I can avoid buying a dated 335i convertible. And let's not even speak of the 435i.
        Kay Vee
        • 10 Months Ago
        @shotterboy
        If a convertible is in the works, a coupé version most definitely will be as well. Just hang on to your money a little while longer... ;)
      NissanGTR
      • 10 Months Ago
      You do mean the douche/women edition.
      carguy1701
      • 10 Months Ago
      Also, if this AMG vert does in fact turn out to be real, lets hope there isn't a repeat of what happened with the AMG CLK-class cars (the vert sold in such greater numbers that they stopped bringing it over after MY 2005, even though the vert had a wet noodle chassis compared to the coupe)
      Xjerky
      • 10 Months Ago
      Wait, so the E-class (and CLK-class) convertibles were based on the C-class, then what is this C-class convertible based on?
      SloopJohnB
      • 10 Months Ago
      And yup….Audi S6 can be tuned to 500+ hp with its 4.0L twin turbo V8. The C63AMG will be hot right from the factory and probably has a few more ponies in the bin...
        Kay Vee
        • 10 Months Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        But the S6 isn't the actual Audi counterpart for the C63 AMG coupe/convertible, the RS4 is, though that one doesn't have a coupe version of course, I know. The previous generation did have a 2 door convertible though. But apparently sales weren't good enough to continue that line-up. The S6/RS6 models are meant to oppose Mercedes E-Class and BMW 5.
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Kay Vee
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          carguy1701
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Kay Vee
          It won't get a DCT, Rob, because Mercedes doesn't have a DCT for it. It'll have the MCT.
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