Performance will gradually change names on the cars designed by the AMG wing. Indeed, with the reduction of displacements – and the number of cylinders by the same token – you’ll have to get used to it: electrification will gradually replace the thermal mechanicals under the silver stared automaker, which posted this brief video on its Instagram account.
This announcement prepares the introduction of the new Mercedes-AMG C63 E Performance, the performance sedan that will no longer be powered by a majestic twin-turbocharged V8, but rather a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor and its battery pack. The new C63 will therefore be a hybrid car. Remember that the first hybrid creation to wear the E Performance badge was the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance 4-door.
It’s true that the manufacturer had already shown the sedan at the Festival of Speed this summer in Goodwood, England, but the car was camouflaged by a sticker that covered the entire body. This week, on September 21 to be precise, the new C63 will make its appearance on the web. Already, this very short video showed the LED headlights, the multi-spoke wheels, the openings on the front fenders and even the spoiler at the end of the trunk. It’s already been admitted that the new rival to the BMW M4 and Audi RS 5 will be graced with four rectangular exhaust pipes right out of the integrated diffuser, another indication of its high performance level.
Under the hood, the 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine will produce a whopping 661 horsepower (!) thanks to the hybrid system that will consist of this electric motor housed in the rear axle, while a nine-speed automatic transmission will take care of sending all that horsepower to all four wheels. Unsurprisingly, the 4MATIC+ drivetrain will focus primarily on the rear axle for a sportier driving experience.
See you later this week to find out what this new C63 is all about, as it will not only raise the level of performance, but change the character of the car forever, the C63 that made its mark on the automotive landscape with its throaty V8.