Performance takes a whole new turn with electric cars, but heat engine cars haven’t said their last words. At least that’s the message Mercedes-AMG sends with this new generation C 63 S, now with the suffix E PERFORMANCE.
From Formula 1
The Mercedes-AMG C 63 SE PERFORMANCE it offers mechanics that have never been seen in a production car. It starts with a front-mounted 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with an electric-assisted turbo, which produces a whopping 469 horsepower at 6,725 rpm and 402 lb-ft of torque between 5,250 and 5,500 rpm, making it even more powerful. production of 4 cylinders in the world. This engine is mated to a dual-speed automatic transmission.
In addition to the gasoline engine, an electric motor with a maximum output of 150 kilowatts (201 horsepower) and a torque of 236 lb-ft is installed at the rear. It first sends its power, at a percentage determined by driving conditions, to the rear wheels via a two-speed automatic transmission with an electronically controlled limited-slip differential. A 400 volt battery derived from Formula 1 with a capacity of 6.1 kilowatt hours, each cell which is individually cooled by liquid flow, is placed above the electric motor. This is designed to deliver power as quickly as possible and not increase the power range. In addition, the manufacturer mentions that the car can travel 13 kilometers in electric mode.
So total power is 671 horsepower, an increase of 168 horsepower over the previous C 63 S powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. Torque, meanwhile, reaches 752 lb-ft. All power is transmitted to the wheels via the fully variable 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system, a first for the C 63 S. The electric motor can direct power to the front wheels even though it is placed at the back with a transmission. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is a matter of 3.4 seconds despite the car’s weight of 2,111 kg. In addition, to improve the vehicle’s agility, the rear wheels can be inclined up to 2.5 degrees is standard on the C 63 S.
Electronically controlled mechanical interaction
What’s the point of offering a plug-in hybrid system if the primary goal isn’t fuel economy? As with supercars, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 SE PERFORMANCE does so in the name of performance. In this particular case, the power supply aims to reduce the time and waiting time of the heating process. For example, if you press the accelerator, the electric motor will already give an impulse while waiting for the turbo – also electrically activated – to charge the 4 cylinders to pour out its power.
As with the all-electric car, the electric motor allows the regeneration of the program in four stages. Level 0, which provides a slope similar to that of a free-wheeling car, is very low, while level 3 allows one-pedal driving in all conditions.
In addition, eight driving modes are offered: Electric, which allows electric driving up to 125 km / h, Comfort, which reduces fuel consumption and electricity input up to 25%, battery maintenance, which allows storing the battery for future use . , Sport, which allocates up to 65% of electric power, Sport+, which provides 80% of electric power, Race, which unlocks the machine at 100% with its “Boost mode” button, then “Slippery” mode to drive it. surfaces with less grip.
These driving modes affect engine performance, power transmission, steering response, suspension firmness, throttle response, four-wheel steering and electric vehicle regeneration.
Style to match
As if that wasn’t enough, all the dimensions have been changed from the standard C-Class. The C 63 S is longer, the fenders and tracks are wider, changing the proportions and enhancing the car’s muscular appearance. One of the details that keeps the sound is the opening in the middle of the hood that serves as an air channel; it is not visible when looking at the car from the front, it is hidden between two pronounced lines on the bonnet. Other additions include exhaust pipes, upper trunk spoiler and 19-inch wheels (20-inch optional).
On board, the seats are the piece of resistance with special upholstery. The rest of the dashboard is of course decked out in AMG sauce, and it’s especially the MBUX screen with various tables specific to the hybrid engine that grabs attention.
The price of this C 63 SE PERFORMANCE has not yet been announced. As a rough guide, the 2021 version was selling for around $98,000 before options. Although Mercedes-AMG has not revealed when it will be released, it is likely to arrive in the summer of 2023 as a 2024 model.
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