A 2.0L four and e-power might not be enough for performance buyers
Report says 4.0L V8 is on its way back
Missing out on the V8s in the latest AMG 63 C-Class and other Mercedes-Benz models? You might not be alone and you might not have long to wait for a remedy. A new report says that the 4.0L twin-turbo V8 will be coming back, though it will take a few years.
The Mercedes-AMG C63 and E63 models that were just launched dropped that V8 for a 2.0L four and electric motors. The four-cylinder is the most potent four in series production, making up to 469 hp on its own before being boosted by the electric motor as high as 671 horses. But, as Car and Driver reports, not everyone is happy with that. Especially when the likes of the BMW M5 is expected to keep its V8 and the Audi competition is likely to have a V6.
According to the report, the 4.0L V8 will come back in 2026. C/D says two sources gave it the same information, and that the V8 is being modified to meet the next generation of European emissions standards. The 4.0L is still in production, found in cars like the 831 hp Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance, but it is a hybrid in that application.
The report says that company engineers involved in the cars said both the C and E-Class vehicles would need only “minor bodywork changes” to help them fit the twin-turbo V8 and everything else.
If the V8 comes back, it could be around for a while. The report says that both the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Mercedes-Benz E-Class are being looked at for life cycle extensions beyond 2028. If it’s approved, they could stick around into the next decade alongside Merc’s electric EQ models.