Mercedes debuted the new AMG C63 S E Performance a few months ago. It arrived with a massive change under the bonnet. Not only did Mercedes replace the V8 with a four-cylinder, the automaker also added an electric motor to compensate for the lack of cylinders. A new video from the Motorsport Magazine YouTube channel shows that the new car’s hybrid powertrain can still propel the saloon to 124 miles per hour (200 kilometres per hour) with ease.
The new AMG C63 features a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder under the bonnet. The rear-mounted electric motor assists the engine in making power, producing a combined output of up to 671 bhp (493 kilowatts) and 752 pound-feet (1,018 Newton-metres) of torque.
Gallery: 2024 Mercedes-AMG C63 S E-Performance: First Drive
When Mercedes revealed the car, it said that the C63 would be able to hit 60 mph (96 kph) in a claimed 3.3 seconds, which is quicker than the outgoing model. While the video only shows the C63 reaching just over 124 mph, the car has a top speed of 174 mph (280 kph) when equipped with the AMG Driver’s package. This is lower than the outgoing model’s 180-mph (290-kph) top speed. Helping the car accelerate is its all-wheel-drive system, a first for the model.
While the C63 got a massive update under its bonnet, the exterior didn’t radically change. Mercedes gave the popular high-performance sedan evolutionary styling tweaks, although the automaker revamped the cabin across the entire C-Class lineup. The C63 features a standalone digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel and an angled screen mounted low on the IP stack for the infotainment settings.
Mercedes hasn’t said exactly when the new C63 would launch, however, the car is expected to go on sale early next year in global markets. US buyers will have to wait until the end of 2023 for the car to arrive for the 2024 model year.