The C63 Could Drop Four Cylinders
The Mercedes-AMG C63 is a fantastic car with a fire-breathing V8 engine that enthusiasts absolutely love. However, according to Autocar, the company could drop the V8 mill for a four-cylinder hybrid powertrain. That car could come as early as 2022. Does this mark the end of the Mercedes V8?
Mercedes isn’t just looking to the C63. The car company could consider axing the larger displacement engines in a variety of vehicles in favor of the four-cylinder hybrid package it will put in the C63. Luckily, though, it’s not all bad news.
The New Powertrain Might Not Be So Bad
The engine that Mercedes-AMG will use is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that’s already available in some other Mercedes cars. This engine is no slouch. Mercedes manages to get 416 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque out of it. Pair that with a mild-hybrid system and an integrated 48V motor, and you’re looking at a powertrain that has the potential to punch out over 500 hp.
That is actually more than the current twin-turbo V8 that’s in the car. While the new powertrain would lack the overall feel and exhaust note of the V8, 500 hp in the C63 sounds pretty good to us. As we said above, that powertrain won’t hit until at least 2022, so if you want your C63 powered by a V8, you’d better snatch one up pretty quickly.