Mercedes-AMG C63 loses four cylinders in 2024 but adds a hybrid engine.

Jenita Betsy
Sep 22, 2022

The muscle vehicle from Affalterbach loses its V8 but still performs well as a hybrid. The Mercedes-AMG C63 S E Performance receives technology from Formula 1 to increase power, as well as rear-wheel steering as standard.

Before any hybrid help, the 2.0 litre turbocharged internal combustion four cylinder produces 469 horsepower.

When the hybrid boost is taken into account, Stuttgart's newest muscle vehicle produces 671 horsepower and 752 lb-ft of torque. Porky Pig once said, "That's all, folks." In 2024, the once-fire-breathing Mercedes-AMG C63 will switch from a V8 to a four-cylinder. The time has come even though this has long been anticipated. The good news is that, with the bad news out of the way, the hybrid engine that will replace the hole should be able to produce enough power to compensate for the loss of four cylinders. The C63 S E Performance receives technology from Formula 1 to increase power, as well as rear-wheel steering as standard.

The powertrain is leading the charge with the significant updates to the C63. The internal combustion 2.0-liter I4 is longitudinally positioned in the chassis, features an electronic turbocharger, and powers a nine-speed gearbox. Even though it may be difficult to believe, this 2.0-liter engine produces a stunning 469 horsepower (a preposterous 235 horsepower per litre) on its own, independent of the hybrid system. The M139L engine is identical to earlier Mercedes four-pots, according to the Mercedes-AMG team, although it has a "much larger" turbocharger.

This exhaust-gas turbo isn't just a dull snail shell though; it uses an electric motor to spool the compressor, which lowers the boost threshold and decreases turbo lag. More dynamic control over the car's inputs and a more linear throttle response should result from this. Mercedes chooses to use its 400-volt hybrid system in order to supply the turbocharger as well due to the size of the electric motor and its requirements.

The total output of this brand-new hybrid powertrain is 671 horsepower and a mind-blowing 752 lb-ft of torque. In other words, the C63 S E Performance's already formidable internal combustion engine gains 201 horsepower from the hybrid system. A high-performance battery and an electric motor located at the rear make up the hybrid system. Before the power is sent to the back axle, the two-speed transmission receives input from the 201-hp electric motor. This C63 can reach 60 mph in 3.3 seconds, matching the acceleration of the Ferrari F458 Italia, thanks to the integration of the powerful electric motor and the gasoline engine. What's more, it accelerates to 60 mph in 0.4 seconds less time than the V8-powered C63 S. 

The answer is an emphatic "yes" if you're asking whether the AMG team will employ the hybrid powertrain to better manage traction and wheel slip. The most traction-intensive wheels are powered by the hybrid system via the prop shaft in conjunction with the traction control system. If necessary, the electric motor driving the rear wheels can also drive the front.

With a hybrid, there is adjustable energy recovery, as one would anticipate. The C63 S E Performance runs from level zero, which has no energy recovery and will free wheel like a typical internal-combustion car, to level three, or what the company refers to as one-pedal driving.

This energy returns to the relatively tiny 6.1-kWh battery, which can propel you eight miles without assistance from the gasoline-burning engine and can be charged using the onboard 3.7-kW charger. These numbers are by no means excellent, but the purpose of this onboard battery is to provide a performance boost at low engine speeds, not to provide a long electric-only range. Given the added performance, the battery's weight of 201 pounds is not a bad weight penalty. The battery is also placed above the back wheels, which should improve traction.

A standard rear-wheel steering system that can tilt the back wheels up to 2.5 degrees is included with the new powerplant. When travelling at speeds exceeding 62 mph, the rear wheels steer in the same direction as the front wheels, such as when changing lanes on a highway. Below 62 mph, the rear wheels steer in the opposite direction of the front wheels. As a result, steering radius should be smaller at low speeds and high-speed manoeuvres should be simpler.

The same luxurious features you've come to expect from an AMG-badged Mercedes will also be included in this hybrid C63. The C63 offers a set of second-generation AMG Performance seats up front for an additional cost, but the cabin has the same basic shape and features as the standard C-Class upon which it is based. According to reports, these redesigned chairs are lighter than those from the previous generation and have improved airflow via the bolstered regions.

Mercedes-AMG claims that the next AMG C63 S E Performance will have speakers to enhance the sound, making up for the absence of an exhaust note. In addition to the Acoustic Car Alerting System that is legally needed to warn pedestrians when an electric vehicle is backing up, the C63 will also include external speakers that will simulate a gas engine. Mercedes supposedly enhances the sound by using a sensor that records the exhaust pressure. To further evoke the AMG feeling, this exhaust noise is also played through the car's interior speakers.

It's difficult to predict whether the newest AMG entry will excite us as much as the 6.2-liter V8 or even the turbocharged 4.0-liter C63 versions. However, Mercedes-AMG has demonstrated that it can consistently produce outrageously entertaining and thrilling automobiles, so we'll wait judgement until we get a chance to get behind the wheel and find out what it's all about.

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