But because this is an AMG, it’ll be more powerful. The next Mercedes-AMG C 63 will have more than 500-horsepower
This piece of news is unfortunate for one reason alone: the superb handcrafted 4.0-litre V8 is on its deathbed. Relatedly, we will sorely miss its unmistakable rumble although AMG can build a mean 4-pot. That the next Mercedes-AMG C 63 is assigned to be electrified demonstrates the direction all future AMG products will take.
The important aspects are that the 2021 AMG 63 will make 503-horsepower and up to 553 lb.-ft. of torque, as well as gaining an AWD driveline to compete more directly with the likes of the Audi RS 4 (not yet for North America…) and the next BMW M3 and M4s.
The powertrain will combine AMG’s turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder M139 engine, which already produces up to 416-horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque, on its own, in the new Mercedes-AMG A 45. To it will be mated a 48V integrated starter-motor EQ Boost mild-hybrid system similar to the one found in the CLS 53 4MATIC+ but that will be more powerful. In the CLS, the starter-motor’s output is of 22-horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. Additionally, the battery’s capacity will grow beyond that of the CLS’ 0.9 kWh as well as a 9-speed torque-converter MCT Speedshift automatic gearbox.
Said 4MATIC AWD system will be akin to the one found in the Mercedes-AMG E 63 where, depending on the selected drive modes, power can be fully allotted front to rear. In other words, expect a “drift” mode in the next C 63.
Other than the power gains, there will be loses… As in, the 4-cylinder engine is roughly 100 lb. lighter than the V8 it replaces. And despite the addition of EQ Boost, the weight over the front axle will be lower than the current C 63 which should translate in better steering feel.
The next-generation Mercedes-AMG C 63 will return as a Coupe, Sedan and Convertible. Unfortunately, a wagon version will likely elude us once more. Thank goodness for the AMG C 43 wagon. Incidentally, the 43s will meander over to 4-cylinder engines from the V6s eventually.