I had a fascinating pre-Geneva chat with Mario Spitzner, AMG’s marketing and sales boss, last night about the future for AMG in the UK.
He believes that the forthcoming C63 coupe, which is keeping the 6.2 naturally aspirated V8, along with the SLS, rather than the new 5.5-litre twin-turbo, will provide them with a key weapon to take on BMW’s M division on British roads.
Interestingly, the new coupe has a panoramic glass roof as standard, with no hard-top option. The engineers are convinced that there’s no loss in chassis stiffness and only a 10kg weight gain, although we’ll have to wait until we drive it to confirm that.
There’s certainly evidence out there, in the form of the R8 Spyder, Porsche Boxster and ragtop Jag XKR, that the lid isn’t essential for chassis stiffness, but they tend to be exceptions to the rule.