New Mercedes-AMG C63 spotted: price, specs and release date
The new Mercedes-AMG C63 has been spotted testing for the first time, and rumours suggest it could be about to lose its trademark V8. Read on for more.
- Mercedes-AMG C63 spotted
- Similar design to outgoing car
- Expected to adopt hybrid power
- Could use A45S’ 4-cylinder engine
- Reveal expected in 2021
- Sales to start in 2022
- Likely to cost from £80,000
The upcoming Mercedes-AMG C63 could ditch the old car’s 4.0-lite V8 and become the first hybrid 63 model ever. This prototype is your best look yet at the upcoming BMW M3 and Audi RS4 alternative.
New Mercedes-AMG C63 design
These images of a prototype Mercedes-AMG C63 being tested show that the new car won’t look dramatically different to the outgoing model. It’ll share the same rounded silhouette as the outgoing saloon with winder wheel arches, a huge front grille and a bumper peppered with air intakes.
You can expect larger wheels than on the standard Mercedes C-Class, along with lowered suspension, remodelled side skirts and, as you can see on this prototype, a set of four large square exhaust tips.
Mercedes is expected to offer the new AMG C63 in saloon, estate, coupe and cabriolet forms, just like the outgoing car.
New Mercedes-AMG C63 engine and driving
AMG chief, Tobias Moers, revealed earlier this year that the next AMG C63 will indeed come with a hybrid drive system. Rumours have speculated that this will take the shape of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with approximately 420hp (lifted from the AMG A45S) paired with an electric motor producing around 100hp.
There’s a chance the new car will retain the current model’s 4.0-litre V8 and use an electric motor to give it an additional boost. Mercedes is developing such a drive system for use in the upcoming AMG GT73 – an even more powerful version of the range-topping GT63S four-door – but the AMG C63’s significantly lower price-point makes this unlikely.
New Mercedes-AMG C63 price and release date
Mercedes appears set to reveal the revised C-Class at some point in 2021, so you can expect to wait until 2022 to get your hands on the new AMG C63. Adding extra hybrid tech will make the new car more expensive than the model it’ll replace, so get ready to part with at least £80,000 to park one on your drive. That’s around £5,000 more than the new BMW M3 Competition.
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