Four-seat drop-tops are comfortable boulevardiers, engineered in acceptance of their structural limitations to do nothing as well as just cruise, right?
Yet again, AMG didn’t bother to read the script. The C 63 S is every bit as yobbishly damped and unapologetically well connected to the road surface as either the equivalent saloon or coupé, with one tester describing it as “flipping firm” (although he didn’t use the word ‘flipping’).
To some, that may make this car entirely unsuited to the laid-back sunbathing they imagine life in a modern soft-top to be, but to the hardcore enthusiast, starved of big rag-tops done with true sporting commitment, the C 63 S is cause for celebration.
The car isn’t, however, so firmly sprung that it won’t settle to a comfortable cruising gait. The standard adaptive dampers allow for reasonable long-wave compliance in their Comfort mode, but you could count the number of reflectors in the average motorway cat’s eye using just your backside, the seat cushion and the iron-mounted rear suspension.
The car’s body control, meanwhile, is at once taut and progressive, its handling is keen, compelling and yet still intuitive and natural, and its steering is expertly matched for pace to the car’s handling response while, wonderfully, remaining honestly feelsome for an electromechanical set-up.