Determined not to use V6 and V8 blocks for its sports cars, Mercedes is tapping its 2.0 l 4 cylinder to deliver 680 hp to the C-Class.
Mercedes-AMG C 63 SE (2022) Performance – Nothing will ever be the same again for Mercedes, with high-performance sedans also rejecting large displacements to meet their targets, while keeping their CO2 emissions in check. To compensate for this emotional deficit, The AMG wizard stretches his electric arc to its maximum to achieve a stratospheric level of power to improve performance at all costs, but above all stop gaining weight.
We already knew AMG capable of skill making the most of the standard fuel block, given the 421 hp grabbed from the 4-cylinder 2.0-liter A-Class 45 S AMG. Long time owner of the name the most powerful engine on the market per liter of displacementbefore being stripped of the kingdom by that of Ferrari 296 GTB A little while ago, Affalterbach regained his stick in this 2022 back-to-school season, thanks to the new development that this two-liter unit benefits from to reach its peak. 476 hp turbocharged, just 34 hp from the power level provided by the V8 of the old C-Class 63 S AMG. A piece of bravery that the Star company could be proud of.
Yes, but at the time of the all-electric supply, the hybrid seemed to be useful, despite logical weight loss in the conversion from V8 to 4-cylinder. Only, where a small hybrid would be enough to take the grandpa’s 510 hp, AMG wouldn’t be greedy enough to flirt with 700 hp, even if it means making the whole thing too heavy? While the C-Class V8 barely exceeded the 1.7 t on the scales, guest exceeds 2.1 t which will have to be contained through an electronic defense weapon.
Flash performance… in the pan?
A difference of 400 kg which therefore justifies that difference in power, to the credit of150 kW (204 hp) electric motor mounted on the rear axle, thus giving the sedan 4-wheel drive. Its torque (320 Nm) added to that of the thermal block (545 Nm) reaches a combined measure of 1020 Nm. Lorry! But sadly, an incredible kick in the ass is about to happen (0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds) will be controlled after 10s, time 6.1 kWh battery (400 V technology) it will feel the need to recharge itself. It’s frustrating compared to the endless revving of the V8, until it’s even more thirsty. We will have to get used to it. On the other hand, at slower speeds, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 E Performance will be equipped. 100% electric drive, as it can be recharged, but only with a range of 13 km.
More AMG than ever
Available in a sedan or station wagon, covers its design with built-in body protectors on which there are 19 or even 20“ wheels. The shield is obviously more aggressive, while the abundance of aerodynamic attachments keep its plastic. But the biggest detail comes from the removal of the Mercedes logo on the bonnet, replaced here, for the first time, by the AMG logo.
Prices for the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 SE Performance sedans and station wagons have yet to be revealed. But let’s bet that hybrid technology from F1 will probably run the bill for €150,000.
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