The Mercedes-AMG C63 will exchange its glorious 4.0-litre V8 for a turbocharged and hybridised 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol-electric setup when the next all-new version arrives, in what has to be the most dramatic drivetrain switcheroo we’ve yet seen from any of the major manufacturers.
The inline-4 already delivers a stout 416 horsepower in S versions of AMG’s newest compact cars, such as the CLA45 S, but the addition of a mild-hybrid setup is expected to see peak power match the 503 hp of the current C63 S while peak torque is said to exceed the current car’s 516 pound-feet.
Autoblog said the C-Class AMG got so good that it’s been showing the segment superstar BMW M3/M4 how a sport sedan and coupe should be done, part of that master class coming via the sound and gravitas conveyed by the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. The M177 AMG V8 makes 469 hp and 479 pound-feet of torque in standard trim, 503 hp and 516 lb-ft in S trim. No matter if the W206 C 63 AMG matches those numbers, or, more likely, exceeds them, plenty of AMG fans will be gutted by their champion falling two cylinders behind the next-gen M3 and adopting economy-car displacement specs.
All-wheel drive will be a non-negotiable option, but one using the same rear-bias adjustability found in the current E 63 AMG. As for bodystyles, Autocar says the full-fat wagon will retire, leaving just sedan, coupe and convertible styles for the C 63 AMG, the wagon only available in C 43 AMG trim.
The series production redesigned C-Class will due next year as a 2021 model, the AMG versions following the year after.