Mercedes-AMG C63 W206
It’s not all doom and gloom, because the next C63 is going to be powerful
The next-generation C63 will use a four-cylinder powerplant.
We can assure you that this isn’t a delayed April fool’s joke - this is exactly what is happening. The W206 Mercedes-AMG C63 will not use a bi-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8, but instead an electrified-2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder.
Depending on how you see it, it isn’t necessarily bad news, as the new mild-hybrid-equipped C63 will not only match the output of the existing V8 model but will produce far more torque. The new motor will be lighter, which should allow the flagship C-Class to be better balanced, besting the current 54-46% weight distribution split in the W205. The positioning of the compact motor will also allow for a more aerodynamic front end. And let’s not forget about the immediacy of throttle response thanks to electrification. Sure, it won’t sound anywhere near as good, but this is evolution.
That said, reports suggest that many high up in Mercedes-Benz aren’t happy with this decision to downsize the C –including Mercedes-AMG boss man Tobias Moers.
It is believed that the mild-hybrid system will include an electric compressor as well as a belt-driven electric motor-generator. The latter would serve as the engine's starter but would also be able to provide a boost during high loads and recover energy under braking.
The other AMG variant in the line-up - the C43 – is to be replaced by a C53, and will drop its 287kw twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 - and much like the C63 - it will likely feature of a variant of the turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder that currently produces as much as 310kw in the A45 S. Much like with the upcoming C63, the C53 will use a 9-speed Speedshift transmission, and a trick 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system.
Mercedes-Benz’s all-new C-Class is expected to debut sometime next year, with the range-topping Mercedes-AMG C63 likely to only arrive in late 2021 or in early 2022.
As a side note, this isn’t the new C63 by the way; this is a render by famed YouTuber and AMG enthusiast Raziz ‘RokenR’ Rehan based on the E63 facelift.