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New York – On the heels of the attractive Coupe crossover, Mercedes reminded the world why sedans are still the standard in auto beauty with the introduction of the stunning, 2017 AMG C63 Cabriolet Wednesday morning.

The low-slung, drop-top version of the C-Class Mercedes – introduced to the world in Geneva earlier this month – now gets the brand’s ground-thumping, V8-powered, AMG performance. Mercedes shoppers will now have a choice of a 469-horsepower, turbo-V8 in the AMG C63 or a 503-horse turbo V8 in the AMG C63 S. An AMG 43 is also available with a turbocharged V-6. The AMG Cabriolet joins a C-class sedan and coupe in the US market.

“The C-Class is a decisive factor in our company’s success. The new combination of intensive open-air ambiance and powerful V8 engine is unique in the segment and perfectly supplements our large C-Class range,” says Mercedes CEO Tobias Moers.

The AMG 63 S will reach 174 mph and hit 60 mpg from a standing start in four seconds flat. The AMG model is distinguished by flared wheel arches at the front and rear, a wider track and large wheels. It will hit dealer showrooms this fall.

Henry Payne is auto critic for The Detroit News. Reach him at hpayne@detroitnews.com. Or Twitter: @HenryEPayne

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