Mercedes-AMG to ditch the V8 for a hybrid in the future C63
Big changes on the next-generation C63...
The Mercedes-AMG C63 has always been known for its glorious V8. The legendary 4.0 litre, twin turbocharged V8 is widely known for its immense power output and for the stunning and raucous noise, but this will change, apparently.
AMG have recently announced that the future C63 will use the 2.0 litre 4-cylinder engine found in the new Mercedes-AMG A45 -the most powerful 4 cylinder ever made, with 416hp- paired with a 48V mild-hybrid system.
Combined, the future C63 should deliver around 500hp. This is big news, because most of the buyers of the hot Mercedes have bought it mainly for its V8 engine. Furthermore, the powertrain change wouldn't make the performance any better, considering the hybrid system adds enough weight to the car to be just as heavy as the older V8-powered model.
AMG have come to this shocking decision after EU announced that by 2021, all car manufacturers are required to have an average of 95g/km of C02 emissions in their model ranges. Obviously, a turbocharged 4-cylinder emits lower emissions than a twin-turbocharged V8.
The new powertrain could make its way into the 43 version as well, and most probably, the C-class would only come with 4-cylinder engines.
However, the changes don't stop there. Rumors say the next-generation model will also feature a new all-wheel-drive system, for more grip and composure. Times have changed, and the Mercedes-AMG division has certainly moved towards electrification.
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