- The new Mercedes-AMG C 53 will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine.
- This is the same engine used in the Mercedes-AMG A 45 and CLA 45.
- Output should sit in the 400-horsepower range.
Efficiency need not come at the expense of power. This is now the norm as manufacturers are leaving larger engines behind in favour of sophisticated smaller mills. In the new Mercedes-AMG C-Class’ case, what was once a biturbo V6 in the C 43 will be replaced by a turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine with approximately 400-horsepower be known as the C 53.
Now, as far as the actual naming structure for this next C-Class AMG car, reports vary. While some say C 43 while others refer to the new C 53, we agree with the latter. As you may know, the numbers following the letter in name indicate power level. Based on the fact that the CLA 45 offers up 382-horsepower and the current C 43 gets 385, and that the E 53 is privy to 429-horsepower, we suspect that this new AMG C-Class will earn the “53” power classification.
Performance will without a doubt impress with all the usual go-fast bits that AMG does so well, especially on the AMG-light models (in other words, the non-63s.) Factor in fewer kilos over the front axle and this may very well become the most agile modern AMG C-Class of them all. Sadly however, it’ll never sound as good as a W204 C 63 AMG…