will it keep its soul without the V8?

will it keep its soul without the V8?

We’ve known for a long time that the C-Class lineup will change its engine significantly. Indeed, the bi-turbo V8 gives way to a hybrid turbo 4-cylinder. But AMG promises principled performance thanks to a total power of 680 horses.

That is, the V8 is gone. The most powerful C-Class in the range breaks away from it in favor of a turbocharged 4-cylinder and a hybrid. And especially in favor of an impressive combined consumption of 6.9 liters / 100 km and an average emission of 156 grams of CO2 per kilometer. It is almost half as long as its predecessor. However, this new generation C63 S marks an important turning point in AMG’s 55-year history. In addition, like the GT 63 SE Performance (the first AMG-branded hybrid), it transfers technology and know-how from Formula 1 to the road.

In fact, this new sportier C-Class has a two-speed electric motor mounted on the rear axle. This supports a turbo 2.0-liter 4-cylinder mounted up front, instead of the twin-turbo V8 of the previous generation. It is directly connected to the AMG Speedshift nine-speed automatic transmission. As in F1, an electric system that recirculates exhaust gases eliminates turbo response time. In other words, a heat engine and an electric one can produce all their power almost at once. The 150 kW (204 horsepower) electric motor is connected to a compact Electric Drive Unit (EDU) and an electrically operated two-speed gearbox with an electronically controlled limited-slip differential. “The two-speed automatic gearbox on the rear axle, with its specially adjusted gear ratio, allows the transition from high wheel torque at a fast start to steady power at high speeds”, we can read in the press release. Electric actuator it uses second gear at about 140 km/h soonthat is, at a high speed of the electric motor of about 13,500 rpm.

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And what power! We are talking about 680 horsepower and 1,020 Nm of peak torque for this car, which is 170 horsepower more than the previous generation. Therefore, the new C63 SE Performance will be able to swallow 0 to 100 km / h in just 3.4 seconds (property and sedan) and will be electronically limited to 280 km/h for the sedan and 270 km/h for the station wagon. In addition to partial electrification, its close connection to F1 technologies and the loss of four cylinders, the new C63 gets for the first time a four-wheel drive system called 4MATIC+. It even has a skid mode to improve driving pleasure… only on the circuit. Another exception, the new C63 SE Performance has rear-wheel steering as standard. “I am sure that with this technology, which has a lot of knowledge from Formula 1, we will also attract new customers”says Philipp Schiemer, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

Especially as in Formula 1 single seats, The battery (6.1 kWh) of the new C63 SE Performance is designed to generate its energy as well as recover it. On the other hand, the maximum 100% electric range is very limited: only 13 km, as for the AMG GT 63 SE Performance. It’s enough to at least allow you to go home without a sound so you don’t wake up your neighbors.

Mercedes-AMG C63 SE Performance (2022)

A modern and sporty look

Its appearance is no longer a big surprise: we have already seen it under clever disguise. However, this is the first time we see it in broad daylight. And we are not disappointed. The hood has been redesigned to reveal two small protruding lines and a relatively narrow air intake in the middle. Information that is important, this is the first time on a Mercedes AMG that the Affalterbach logo replaces the Mercedes star on the bonnet.

For others, everything is more conventional: the “Panamericana” grille with vertical slats is still de rigueur, as are the new air intakes, redesigned shields, front blade and rear diffuser and four rectangular exhaust channels. Two electronically controlled “Air Panels” are located behind the grille and on the front bumper. These allow the air intake to be regulated as needed. To complete this new look, there is also a special spoiler on the trunk (on the roof for the station wagon version), “E Performance” badging throughout and optional 19-inch and 20-inch AMG alloy wheels.

Mercedes-AMG C63 SE Performance (2022)

Typical Mercedes interior

In the passenger compartment of this new C63 SE Performance, you won’t get lost. AMG Performance twin-spoke steering remains standard. The AMG sports seats feature high-stitching to recall the sporty spirit, as do multiple “AMG” logos and emblems along with carbon fiber trim. On the side of the vessel, The new C63 opts for the now familiar MBUX with a dedicated screen for hybrid vehicles to monitor charge levels and energy flow at all times.

As with all Mercedes with this equipment, you can change the display as you want, especially the standard AMG Sport mode allows you to view the power used, tachometer, speed, the driving mode involved and many other information. Added to this is a button for direct access to the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT driving programs. MBUX also integrates the AMG Track Speed: it is a record of driving data on the circuit, but it is optional. We can’t wait to put it to the test, but for now, we’ll be listening on repeat… with the old generation starting and accelerating so we never forget the V8.