The facelifted version of the current AMG C63 debuted last year with several styling changes, including a new Panamericana grille, revised air intakes, new tailpipes, a new rear diffuser, and restyled taillights. Mercedes is already working on the next-generation version of the sports sedan and according to Top Gear, there will be some significant changes that won’t please some enthusiasts.
The source didn’t reveal any engine changes, so chances are, it’ll be the familiar 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that makes 469 hp and 650 479 lb-ft of torque for the C63 and 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque for the more potent C63 S. Although, due to some rivalry with another German brand, engine outputs might increase by the time the new Mercedes-AMG C63 is revealed in 2021. The seven-speed automatic transmission will probably be carried over, as well as the adaptive dampers, but with updated settings, we reckon. A hybrid might appear in the C-Class family, too, lifted from the E53, pushing power figures up to 429 hp.
Top Gear also claims the C63 is likely to retain its twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, but power will likely be increased to compete with the new BMW M3 that’s coming next year. The new M3 will share the new 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six used by the X3 M, which produces 503 hp in the high-performance SUV. The next-generation C63 S, on the other hand, is expected to produce 542 hp, which would be a respectable increase over the current model.
One thing seems certain though: the next-generation Mercedes-AMG C63 will not be offered with rear-wheel drive. It makes sense since BMW M is also switching to AWD to compete against Audi Sport, although rumors suggest there will be a pure RWD variant of the BMW M3 to keep enthusiasts happy. Hopefully, the C63’s all-wheel drive system and selectable drift mode will offer the best of both worlds.