The C63 will soon debut as the flagship version in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class family. However, the purists probably won’t be happy at all because the new performance C will have a tiny four-cylinder engine under the bonnet. The outgoing C63 from the W205 model family had twice the number of cylinders and twice bigger displacement.
Seen in this video testing around the Nurburgring in estate form, the new Mercedes-AMG C63 will adopt an electrified 2.0-litre turbocharged engine. Supported by an electric motor, the mill will produce somewhere around 600 bhp (447 kilowatts), which is a serious punch. However, as you can hear in this video, the powertrain probably won’t generate an appropriate soundtrack as expected from a C63.
Gallery: Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate New Spy Shots
Performance-wise, it’s difficult to predict how capable the new top dog in the C Class family will be. We are hearing it will be offered only with a nine-speed automatic gearbox. You probably think ditching the V8 would result in a weight diet for the new C63, though considering the hybrid-related hardware, we actually believe the new generation will be slightly heavier than the model it replaces.
Just like before, the range-topping C Class will continue to be available as both a saloon and an estate. The latter will go directly against the first-ever BMW M3 Touring, coming later this year with a 3.0-litre inline-six turbo engine. The two cars are expected to have similar performance capabilities and we are eager to see the first drag races between the fastest estates from Bavaria and Stuttgart.
As a final note, just yesterday Mercedes unveiled the C43, which also has a 2.0-litre engine under the bonnet. The electrified unit makes 400 bhp (300 kW) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque, which is slightly more than the current C63 with its 385 bhp (287 kW) and 384 lb-ft (520 Nm) of torque coming from a 3.0-litre V6 engine. A nine-speed automatic gearbox and an all-wheel-drive system route the power to all four wheels.