Mercedes-AMG finally announced the debut of the new C63 coming on September 21st. The M3 rival replaces the V8 from the preview generation with a more powerful plug-in hybrid setup and is named E Performance.
The video teaser posted on Instagram shows a silver C63 from various angles, revealing some design details including the side skirts, LED lighting units, AMG-style alloy wheels and the carbon fiber rear lip spoiler.
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The truth is, we’ve already seen most of the C63’s aggressive bodykit, since AMG displayed a lightly camouflaged prototype a few months ago at Goodwood. This was wrapped in a special livery that did little to hide the design of the performance-focused sedan, including the extra bits from Affalterbach.
Compared to the less powerful Mercedes-AMG C43 4Matic, the C63 has slightly sportier front bumper intakes, unique side grilles with “turbo” lettering, a more prominent rear spoiler and more powerful rectangular quad exhaust pipes. The performance flagship of the C-Class range will be available in both sedan and estate flavors, unlike the family-friendly BMW M3 Sedan/Touring and Audi RS4 Avant.
But more important changes are hidden under the bodywork. It has been confirmed that the new C63 will be equipped with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that produces a combined 661 hp (500 kW / 670 PS) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque, which is much more than the 500 hp (380 kW / 510 PS) of its twin-turbo V8-powered predecessor.
These class-leading figures will be achieved thanks to a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a 48V mild-hybrid system and an electric turbo that produces 464 hp (350 kW / 470 PS), plus a rear-mounted electric motor that contributes an additional 198 hp ( 150 kW / 201 PS) to the rear wheels. The model will come as standard with the rear-wheel drive and user-friendly 4Matic+ four-wheel drive system and a nine-speed automatic transmission.
We’ll learn more about the new Mercedes-AMG C63 E Performance – including its much-anticipated performance figures – on September 21. Note that the E Performance badge was introduced by the flagship AMG Four-Door GT, and will gradually find its way onto the electrified “63” variants of the C-Class, E-Class, AMG GT sports car and SL roadster.