First the bad news: The era of the V8 in Mercedes-AMG is officially over. Gorgeous 4.0-liter M177 eight-cylinder twin-turbo engine this is has been driving every muscle machine of the AMG 63 series since 2015 is I don’t miss this land. Here’s what it will replace: a Formula 1-inspired hybrid powertrain that incorporates a marriage the most powerful in the world production-car four cylinder (with electric assisted turbocharger, not less) to an electric motor that drives the rear axle via a two-speed gearbox. In the 2024 Mercedes-AMG C63 SE Performance, the first AMG with a completely new drivetrain, this means a maximum of 671 hp and an impressive torque of 752 Nm. Yes, it will help us overcome the loss of the V8.
The all-new C63 ushers in a whole new era in AMG, the company that has been turning Mercedes V8s into noisy tire shredders for almost half a century. Extremely complex “24 C63” drivetrain starts with an impressive foundation: the 2.0-liter M139L four-cylinder four-cylinder turbo engine first developed by AMG for Mercedes-AMG A45, CLA45 and GLA45. In these models, the tiny turbocharged engine was the most powerful four-cylinder engine ever installed on a production vehicle, delivering 416hp and 369Nm of torque. Now, thanks to cool electricity turbocharger configuration, this engine delivers even more power: 469hp at 6,750rpm and 402lb-ft from 5,000 to 5,500rpm. This means the 1991cc M139L breaks its own record as the most powerful four-cylinder production engine ever, pumping an hair less than 235hp per liter of displacement – or just over 117hp per liter of displacement. cylinder.
This power output is due to the newly enlarged electric-assist turbocharger, meaning the turbocharger can supply electricity before exhaust pressure takes control, helping to eliminate lag and achieve a sharper response. It is the first application of this turbocharger technology to production cars that comes directly from today’s Formula 1 hybrid powertrains and uses the 400-volt electrical architecture of the new C63.
Of course, the huge new turbocharger is not the only case for an increase in electric power. The new C63 has a 201hp electric motor with 236Nm of power that drives the rear axle via a two-speed gearbox to assist the gasoline engine during rapid acceleration. Thanks to the AMG Performance 4Matic + all-wheel drive with Drift mode, the C63 transmits a maximum of 671hp and 752Nm of torque to all four wheels, and the gasoline engine is powered by an AMG nine-speed automatic transmission with a wet clutch in place of the torque converter for faster acceleration and shifting gears.
Mercedes says the new muscular sedan can accelerate from zero to 60mph in 3.3 seconds, and power from both the longitudinally mounted gas engine and the rear axle electric motor can be transferred to the front axle as the rear wheels slide. Two-speed gearbox that automatically transmits torque to the rear axle motor depending on speed and load; the lower of the two is good for 87mph. The engine delivers 94hp continuously, and the full 201hp is available in 10-second bursts.
400 volt, 6.1 kWh, 196 lb., liquid-cooled, lithium-ion battery The axle motor is located above the rear axle for optimal weight distribution. While the new C63 is technically a plug-in hybrid and can reach speeds of up to 80 km / h on electricity alone, Mercedes-AMG quickly noted in a press release that “the battery is designed to deliver and retrieve energy quickly and not the longest possible range.” . “
The new C63 resembles the slightly smaller C-class sedans, but benefits from a host of AMG-specific changes. The wheelbase has been lengthened by 0.4 inches and the front end has been lengthened by 2.2 inches. Overall, the new C63 is a full three inches wider on the front fenders and 3.3 inches longer from nose to tail. The new hybrid muscle sedan runs on standard 19-inch alternating wheels and tires, with the 20-inch option.
The compact performance sedan has a torsion rear axle as standard, making the car more agile in tight corners and more stable during high-speed maneuvers on the highway, and it also rides on the Mercedes AMG Ride Control adaptive suspension with steel springs. The new C63 offers eight driving modes: Electric, Comfort, Battery Hold, Sport, Sport +, Race, Slippery and Individual, each of which adjusts driveline power, steering, suspension and sound.
Because yes, it’s a four-cylinder hybrid and that means AMG had to resort to enhanced drivetrain noise to replace the rumbling rumble of that old twin-turbo V8. A single speaker in the front bumper and dual-speaker soundbar in the rear emit warning sounds when the C63 is driven in clear EV mode; while traveling, under the influence of internal combustion, the system picks up the sound from the pressure sensor in the exhaust system and “enriches.”[es] further before it is broadcast into the interior via the entertainment system, so you can experience the characteristic AMG sound ”. The C63 has iron rotor brakes with six-piston calipers at the front and single-piston calipers at the rear, as well as four levels of regenerative braking, from near-zero regeneration to full ride on a single pedal.
Inside, it has screens and screens, ambient lighting, glossy finishes, and screens and screens.
Mercedes-AMG has yet to disclose when the new C63 SE Performance will go on sale and the carmaker has not disclosed the price. We will certainly find out all this information before Mercedes invites journalists to drive the vehicle on their own.
We have known for some time that this is where Mercedes-AMG is heading. The big V8s are going out of style (even if there was no AMG 4.0 liter V8 engine that great in the grand scheme of things). Some gears will cry and grind over it. But if the alternative is something like this – a C-Class with more power and torque than ever before, with clean plug-in electric driving, and F1-inspired turbo and hybrid technology – then it’ll be a bit silly to cry over what went down the road.