Mercedes-AMG presented in Europe the new Mercedes-AMG C63 S Performance, and plugging combination designed with technology transfer from Formula 1™.
The four-cylinder combustion engine has a power output of 176 kW (238 hp), a total of 476 hp (350 kW).
This engine is mated to the AMG Performance 4MATIC+ fully variable all-wheel drive system with active rear axle steering.
The new Mercedes-AMG C 63 SE PERFORMANCE also has an electric motor linked to a special two-speed transmission mounted on the rear axle. This engine supports a 2.0-liter turbo engine that is mounted long up front, and sends power through a nine-speed automatic transmission to the rear axle where the electric motor is located.
The electric car produces 201 horsepower and has, as mentioned above, its own two-speed transmission, which changes gears at about 140 km / h. The electric motor also has an electronically controlled limited slip differential. Power can be sent to the rear or front wheels, enabling all-wheel drive on petrol, hybrid or electric only.
The performance of the C 63 SE is a plug-in hybrid. The battery, however, has a limited capacity of only 6.1 kWh – which allows a unique electric range of about 11 km. The maximum speed in electric mode is 130 km / h.
Power delivery and torque increase occur spontaneously and without delay: as in Formula 1™, the electric assist of the exhaust gas turbocharger eliminates turbo lag of the combustion engine, while the electric car pushes hard from a standstill.
The electric drivetrain and 400 volt high-performance battery is an exclusive in-house development for AMG.
As with Formula 1™, the battery is specifically designed for quick power delivery and uses innovative direct cell cooling.
The power of the combined system is 500 kW (680 hp), the maximum torque of the combined system is 1020 Nm.
The kit allows the Mercedes-AMG C63 S Performance to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4s, reaching a top speed of 250 km/h, optionally 280 km/h.
In terms of design, the C63 is wider than the regular C-Class, resulting in an overall width that is 5.54 cm wider.
The front ribs are widened, and about 5 cm is widened. The car is also 8.3 cm longer than the C43 and C300 models, with a 1 cm longer wheelbase.
The frontal changes boast a reversed opening of the trapezoidal grille that gives way to Mercedes-AMG’s Panamericana signature with its vertical bars.
Inside, there are AMG-specific upgrades to the infotainment system, including a timer and steering wheel-mounted drive selector with dedicated buttons for the exhaust and suspension.
AMG sports seats are optional and many color and upholstery options are offered, including leather, microfiber suede and contrasting stitching.
The price and availability of this C-Class 63 has not yet been announced. With a 2024 model year, it should be launching on the market sometime next year.