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Zero to 60 is accomplished in a mere 4.6 seconds. And top speed is set at 130 mph. OK, it is not supercar numbers but still quite impressive. Under the hood of the even more powerful 2019 Mercedes-Benz C43 Cabriolet resides a 3.0-liter bi-turbo V-6 engine specially hand built by the AMG division in Affalterbach, Germany.
Step on the throttle of all-wheel-drive luxury convertible and the powertrain cranks out 385 horsepower (up by 23 from its predecessor) at 6100 rpm and 384 pounds-feet of torque at 5000 rpm. Mated to a 9-speed auto gearbox, the soft-top convertible C43 is equipped with a razor-sharp electro-mechanical rack-and-pinion steering. The sport-tuned suspension is handled adeptly by an independent four-link system. Both front/rear have coil spring, double tube shock absorber tubular torsion bars to boost ride quality and comfort. Bringing the dream-of-a-ride to a stop are 14.2-inch front and 12.6-inch rear caliper discs. To vary the driving experience, Mercedes comes in eco, individual, comfort, sport and sports+ modes, the latter best suited for the speedway. Or you can press the M button for shifting on your own.
Walk up to the four-passenger C43 and the first element that will grab your attention is the AMG badge embossed in the arrow-shaped twin-blade radiator grille with the familiar three-pointed star, flanked by LED headlamps and daytime running lights. The revamped rear bumper acquires new round twin tailpipe chrome trim and an efficient side air outlet. The cabin is lavish and elegant as is expected of any AMG-equipped Benz with dual-zone auto a/c, 50/50 rear seat, Burmester sound system, panoramic sunroof, newly designed flat-bottomed steering wheel with paddle shifters, brushed-aluminum door trim and open power trunk. The dash, doors and center console are covered in rich Nappa leather upholstery. A touchpad can be used to toggle navigation, climate, audio and phone controls, which are displayed on a huge 10.2-inch display screen. And who can miss the gracefully centered Mercedes analog clock on the dash? Indeed, all the materials and craftsmanship are top-notch.

Standard safety features include dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag, four-wheel antilock brakes, electronic stability program, pre-safe (partial braking in an emergency), rearview camera, keyless go/start, blind spot and active brake assists, roll bars, daytime running lights and tire pressure monitoring system.

Base-priced at $63,650 and up to $78,105 with options, top-down cruising enthusiasts will find the exquisite C43 to their taste. Take a seat behind one of the finest-handling, stylish convertibles, power down the top and stroll down the neighborhood for an exhilarating jaunt.

Tires: 225/45R18 front; 245/40R18 rear
Wheelbase: 111.8 inches
Length: 184.8 inches
Width: 79.4 inches
Height: 55.4 inches
Fuel capacity: 17.4 gallons
City: 18 mpg
Highway: 25 mpg
Weight: 4,231 pounds
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