Confirmed: The Mercedes-AMG C63 Won't Regain a V8 in the Future
The Mercedes-AMG naming system has long defined entry-, mid-, and high-level cars, but enthusiasts had plenty to say about the brand’s move to a hybrid four-cylinder engine in one of its most iconic current models. The newest C63 dropped its fantastic V8 in favor of a complex four-cylinder plug-in hybrid powertrain, and while we reported on the rumors that have pointed to the eight-cylinder’s return, Mercedes-AMG’s CEO recently put all speculation to bed.
Speaking with The Drive at the recent Monterey Car Week in California, CEO Michael Schiebe said he could “definitively deny” that the V8 would return to the C63 or E63. He also noted that the company felt it was headed in the right direction, with much of the industry following suit, pointing out that “there are many more performance hybrids coming to the market now. Or at least they’ve been announced.”
The upcoming E63 is expected to get an electrified inline-six-cylinder engine to place it a step above the C63 in AMG’s catalog, but it’s clear the shift to fewer cylinders doesn’t mean less power. Despite an almost 800-pound weight gain, the new C63 S E Performance delivers 671 horsepower and a massive 752 pounds of torque. The V8’s sound was a significant part of the overall 63-level package, but it appears to be the only casualty in the shift. That said, the car’s extra weight has garnered some less-than-stellar opinions from some critics.
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