Mercedes-Benz’s AMG Performance division today unveiled the new 2023 Mercedes-AMG C 63 SE Performance, with the words “AMG” and “Performance” giving not-so-subtle hints about the priorities and, we think, capabilities of this plug-in. hybrid style.
According to AMG, this car incorporates key skills and technologies from F1. Thus, the 2.0-liter turbo engine of 469 horse power, placed long in the front is supported by a two-speed electric motor on the rear axle. Most importantly, the help of an electric exhaust turbocharger eliminates the lag of the combustion engine, while the electric motor propels the car from a standstill to high acceleration.
Both the power train and the 400-volt high-performance battery were developed by AMG exclusively for its models. The battery is specially designed to provide fast energy and take advantage of automatic cell cooling. Combined system output is 671 horsepower, maximum combined system torque is 752 lb-ft – two new highs for the C-Class.
There are eight driving modes: Electric (so yes, it can be driven in electric mode), Comfort, Battery Hold, Sport, Sport +, Race, Ski and Individual. The brake power adjustment can be set to one of four levels (including 0, which does nothing).
This version is the first time the C 63 has been equipped with AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive that transfers power to the road and even includes a controlled traction control. The C 63 also comes standard with rear axle steering, unique in the segment.
Beyond its capabilities, the C 63 has different physical characteristics compared to the regular C-Class, starting with its 50mm longer and wider front. Overall it is also longer, at 83mm, and the track is wider at the front, at 76mm. The length of the wheelbase is 10 mm.
Another unique feature of the C 63 S is the narrow air channel in the middle of the bonnet that leads to these two “power domes”. On the same hood, a black AMG badge replaces the silver Mercedes star, a first on an AMG production model. At the front, the grille is AMG specific with its vertical pillars. Similar side skirts, a rear apron with a large diffuser, as well as two outer tails with trapezoidal ribs complete the design.
Distinctive interior features include AMG sports seats with unique trim and stitching, and redesigned AMG Performance seats are available as an option. The MBUX infotainment system, meanwhile, has many AMG-specific features and options.
“The new C 63… is a game-changer. With its revolutionary concept, it brings a completely new approach to the segment, which until now was characterized by the promise of pure performance. With a maximum output of 671 horsepower, we deliver on the promise that. But the intelligent hybrid concept of the P3 offers much more. I am sure that with this technology, which includes a lot of knowledge of Formula 1, we will also attract a new group of customers. »
– Philipp Schiemer, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG.
No word yet on North American launch dates, but we’ll let you know in the coming weeks.