2024 Mercedes-AMG C63 Silences Doubters with a 671-HP Hybrid Wallop

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We'll miss the V-8 sound, but the caller four-cylinder plug-in-hybrid setup boosts output by 168 hp and 236 pound-feet of torque compared with the aged model.

  • The 2024 Mercedes-AMG C63 S E-Performance swaps the aged V-8 for a caller plug-in-hybrid setup.
  • The powertrain uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four and an electrical centrifugal to harvester for 671 horsepower and 752 pound-feet of torque.
  • AMG claims it volition accelerate to 60 mph successful 3.3 seconds and spell connected to a apical velocity of 174 mph erstwhile decently equipped.

In the distant past, Mercedes mightiness person called a car similar this the 190E 2.0-16 Turbo, but successful this clip and age, 2.0 liters of displacement suffice for the exemplary designation Mercedes-AMG C63 S E-Performance. The "63" is an astir magical number, arsenic it has traditionally stood for Mercedes and AMG V-8 engines of the highest order. But hey, that was the past.

The caller C63 S, arsenic we shall henceforth telephone it successful the involvement of brevity, utilizes a four-cylinder plug-in-hybrid powertrain to nutrient 671 horsepower and 752 pound-feet of torque. It ends the epoch of compact V-8 sedans by AMG, which had begun with the W202 C43 AMG, included the chaotic C63 models with the legendary 6.2-liter V-8, and culminated with the outgoing C63 and its twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8.

Why termination the V-8? First off, the caller C-class isn’t designed for thing bigger than a four. But much importantly, the governmental and regulatory climate—especially successful Europe—favors electrical vehicles and hybrids. With the caller plug-in-hybrid system, AMG has made the champion retired of the concern and added a singular fig of performance-oriented features. Yes, the C63 tin spell 8 miles connected energy only, but that is not what this car oregon this powertrain is about.

Engine and Performance

It is, successful fact, astir contiguous acceleration and other boost via a "kick-down” diagnostic that's reminiscent of existent Formula 1 cars oregon video games. The numbers look good, too: The sprint to 60 mph takes a claimed 3.3 seconds, and apical velocity is governed astatine 155 oregon 174 mph.

The motor is the M139 turbocharged 2.0-liter 4 taken from the CLA45 and GLA45 models, tweaked to beryllium longitudinally mounted, arsenic it is successful the C43 and SL43. But lone successful the C63 S does it travel with an electrically assisted turbocharger, expanding its powerfulness to 469 horsepower. This motor is mated to the P3 hybrid strategy that we cognize from the GT63 S E-Performance, with a rear-mounted, 201-horsepower electrical centrifugal that operates done a two-speed transmission. The main gearbox is AMG’s nine-speed wet-clutch MCT transmission. And the powerfulness is channeled to each 4 wheels done an all-wheel-drive system. That goes for the electrical centrifugal arsenic well: Even successful afloat electrical mode, this is an all-wheel-drive car.

The operator tin bash a batch to tweak the quality of this car. There are nary little than 8 driving modes, positive 4 modes for the regenerative braking. AMG hopes to marque up for the nonaccomplishment of the V-8 dependable done artificial dependable effects, which are transmitted into the compartment for the payment of the occupants and done outer speakers for the payment of bystanders. The property merchandise speaks of a "low-frequency, speed-modulated sound."

Chassis and Body Modifications

The chassis has been tweaked extensively to header with the powerfulness and value of the C63 S. It tips the scales astatine a whopping 4654 pounds, which is S-class territory. The beforehand axle and rear elastokinematics are AMG-exclusive and the alloy suspension uses adaptive dampers that enactment successful 3 chiseled settings. Rear-wheel steering is ever connected board, for much agility astatine little speeds and much stableness astatine higher speeds.

The C63's assemblage has been modified extensively, particularly the beforehand end. It is longer and wider than the regular C-class, and adjacent the wheelbase has grown. An aerial outlet connected the beforehand hood serves arsenic a ocular indicator of this model’s status, arsenic does the rear spoiler. For the archetypal time, the hood sports AMG’s circumstantial overgarment of arms. The C63 S has staggered-width tires measuring 265-width successful the beforehand and 275-width successful the rear, and is disposable with either 19- oregon 20-inch wheels.

While different markets get a prime of sedan oregon presumption wagon, North America gets the sedan only. And that’s a pity, not conscionable due to the fact that the presumption wagon looks good, but besides due to the fact that it could person compensated for the nonaccomplishment of trunk space, arsenic the artillery and electrical centrifugal devour into the sedan's luggage compartment.

Moving towards a four-cylinder is daring, but possibly inevitable for a marque that wants to enactment relevant. The contention is diverse: Audi’s RS5 sticks to a turbocharged V-6, all-wheel thrust and an automatic gearbox; the BMW M3 has a straight-six and offers a prime of rear- oregon all-wheel thrust and manual oregon automatic transmission. Cadillac’s CT4-V Blackwing comes with a turbocharged V-6, rear-wheel drive, and a prime of transmissions, portion Lexus is fitting its rear-wheel-drive, automatic-only IS500 with a classic, people aspirated V-8.

The lone four-cylinder among the group, the C63 S offers modular all-wheel thrust and, similar each AMG, is automatic only. But it attempts to eclipse the contention with its hybrid functions—and acold much horsepower than immoderate of them.

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