The bad news first: The Mercedes-AMG V8 era is officially over. The massive M177 4.0-liter V8 Twin Turbo engine this Running every AMG 63 Series muscle machine since 2015 he is Not long for this land. Here’s what it will replace: a Formula 1-inspired hybrid engine mating The strongest in the world production car four cylinders (with electrically boosted turbocharger, no less) An electric motor drives the rear axle through a two-speed gearbox. In the 2024 Mercedes-AMG C63 SE Performance, the first AMG to use the all-new drivetrain, this means a maximum of 671 horsepower and a whopping 752 lb-ft of torque. Yes, it will help us overcome the loss of the V8 engine.
The all-new C63 represents a whole new era for AMG, a company that has spent nearly half a century turning Mercedes V8s into tire shredders. The highly advanced transmission in the ’24 C63′ It starts from an impressive foundation: the M139L 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, first developed by AMG for Mercedes-AMG A45, CLA45 and GLA45. In those models, the small turbo was the most powerful four-cylinder engine ever installed in a production vehicle, making 416 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Now, thanks to a neat electrician Turbocharged setup, this engine pumps out more power: 469 horsepower at 6,750 rpm and 402 pound-feet from 5,000 to 5,500 rpm. That means the 1,991-cc M139L engine breaks its record as the most powerful production four-cylinder in history, pumping out a hairy less than 235 hp per liter of displacement—or, in other words, a touch more than 117 hp per liter of displacement. cylinder.
That output comes courtesy of a newly enlarged turbo with electric assist, which means the turbo can wrap the electric power before it takes over the exhaust pressure, helping to eliminate lag and create a sharper response. This is the first production application of electric turbocharger technology, which comes directly from existing hybrid Formula 1 engines and takes advantage of the new 400-volt C63 electrical engineering.
Of course, the new mega turbocharger isn’t the only example of an electric power boost. The new C63 has a 201 horsepower, 236 pound-feet electric motor that drives the rear axle through a two-speed gearbox, helping the gasoline engine during hard acceleration. With AMG Performance 4Matic+ all-wheel drive with drift mode, the C63 puts out a maximum of 671 horsepower and 752 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels, with the petrol engine driving through an AMG nine-speed automatic transmission with a wet clutch in place for a torque converter. Spin for more rapid acceleration and gear shifts.
Mercedes says the new muscle sedan can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds, and power can be transferred from both the longitudinally mounted gas engine and electric motor of the rear axle to the front axle when the rear wheels slide. The two-speed gearbox that transmits the torque of the rear axle drive automatically shifts based on speed and load; The lower of these two is good for up to 87 mph. The engine generates 94 horsepower continuously, with a full 201 horsepower available in 10-second bursts.
400V, 6.1 kWh, 196 lb Lithium-ion battery, liquid-cooled. The hub motor is located above the rear axle for optimal weight distribution. While the new C63 is technically a hybrid, and can reach speeds of up to 81mph on electric power alone, Mercedes-AMG was quick to point out in a press release that “the battery is designed for fast power delivery and pull rather than longer range.” maybe “.
The new C63 bears a passing resemblance to lower-class C-class sedans, but benefits from a lot of AMG-specific changes. The wheelbase has been extended by 0.4 inches, with the front body lengthened by 2.2 inches. Overall, the new C63 is three inches wider in the front fenders and 3.3 inches longer from nose to tail. The new hybrid powerhouse sedan rides on standard 19-inch staggered wheels and tires, with a 20-second option.
The compact performance sedan features standard rear-wheel steering, making the car nimble in tight turns and more stable during high-speed highway maneuvers, and rides on Mercedes’ AMG Ride Control adaptive suspension with steel springs. The new C63 offers eight massive driving modes: Electric, Comfort, Battery Install, Sport, Sport+, Racing, Slipper and Single, each of which alters the driveline output, steering, suspension and audio.
Because, yes, this is a four-cylinder hybrid, meaning that AMG had to resort to the noise of the booster engine to replace the rumble of its old twin-turbo V8. A single woofer in the front bumper and a two-speaker woofer in the rear make a warning noise when the C63 is driven in pure EV mode; When traveling under the power of internal combustion, the system picks up sound from the pressure sensor in the exhaust system and “enriches[es] before being emitted inside via the infotainment audio system, making it possible to experience AMG’s signature sound.” The C63 has cast-iron brakes with six-piston calipers at the front and single-piston calipers at the rear, as well as four levels of regenerative braking ranging from nearly zero To full one-pedal driving.
Inside, it has screens, screens, ambient lighting, glossy edges, screens and screens.
Mercedes-AMG It has yet to reveal when the new Performance C63 SE will go on sale, and the automaker hasn’t revealed a price. We will certainly learn all that information before Mercedes invites journalists to drive this car themselves.
We’ve known for a while that Mercedes-AMG is going in that direction. Big V8s go out of vogue (Even if it’s not an AMG 4.0L V8 who – which big in the grand scheme of things). Some gear heads will cry and scream at this. But if the alternative is things like that — a C-Class with more horsepower and torque than ever before, with pure electric drivetrain built in and turbo tech and Formula 1-inspired hybrid technology — it feels a little weeping over what my past has gone through.
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