New Mercedes-AMG C63 revealed: everything you need to know

September 21, 2022 by

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The all-new Mercedes-AMG C63 is finally here, and this new super-saloon is boasting some pretty impressive performance figures. Read on for all you need to know.

  • New Mercedes-AMG C63 revealed
  • 2.0-litre four-cylinder replaces V8
  • First ever plug-in hybrid C63
  • 680hp and 1,020Nm of torque
  • 0-60mph in 3.4 seconds
  • All-wheel-drive system borrowed from AMG GT 4-door

The new Mercedes-AMG C63 has been revealed, and the BMW M3 alternative is quicker than ever, even though Mercedes has ditched the V8 in favour of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and an electric motor.

It’s also sporting a much more aggressive design than before, and is the first ever C63 to get all-wheel-drive.

New Mercedes-AMG C63 design

The new Mercedes-AMG C63 arrives on the scene looking a lot meaner than before, so you’re not going to mistake it for a hum-drum C220d.

Up front, you get flared wheel arches, a power-bulge in the bonnet with a central air vent and some huge lower air intakes. The front of the car is also slightly longer than the standard Mercedes C-Class to make room for the cooling system.

Looking down the sides, the car is slightly lowered and has some side skirts for added sportiness. As standard you get 19-inch wheels, however 20-inch units are available,

The rear of the car sees the addition of a lip spoiler for the saloon model and a roof spoiler for the estate, as well as quad “externally ribbed” exhaust tips and a new diffuser lower down.

New Mercedes-AMG C63 engine

It’s under the bonnet of the new Mercedes-AMG C63 where the biggest change has taken place, because the whopping V8 engine of the previous generations has been ditched in favour of a 2.0-litre four cylinder. AMG fans may wish to take a moment to process this news.

It’s based on the engine found in the Mercedes-AMG A45 S. In that hot hatchback, it produces 421hp, however it’s been tuned up to 476hp for the C63. But that’s not all.

You see, this is also the first ever C63 to get a hybrid system, and this isn’t just to boost its eco-friendly credentials. The rear-mounted motor is borrowed from the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door, and produces 204hp.

This makes for a combined system output of a whopping 680hp and 1,020Nm of torque. That’s 170hp more than you get in a BMW M3 and is enough to launch the C63 from 0-60mph in just 3.4 seconds. Should be more than enough to make you forget about the lack of a V8 burble.

New Mercedes-AMG C63 driving

The new Mercedes-AMG C63 will need all that power to get around the added weight of the hybrid gubbins, as it now weighs in a 2,111kg in saloon form. That’s over 400kg more than the old car.

To help handle all this weight in the corners, the C63 gets adaptive dampers, and, to add to the firsts for this car, all-wheel-drive. All the power is sent to the rear in normal conditions, however it can send power to the front if it detects some slippage.

If you fancy hooning your C63 around on a racetrack, don’t worry. You can select rear-drive only mode, just like on a BMW M5 CS, and turn your tyres into smoke.

New Mercedes-AMG C63 interior and infotainment

The new Mercedes-AMG C63 shares its basic interior design with the normal C-Class, however there are some racy titbits to set it apart.

The most obvious difference is the huge AMG bucket seats to hug you tightly in the bends. You also get an AMG steering wheel with some drive mode dials and a selection of unique trim options.

The massive portrait infotainment screen is the same as you get in the C-Class, only now you have some AMG specific graphics. There is also an AMG shortcut button at the bottom of the screen to take you straight into your driving mode selection menu.

New Mercedes-AMG C63 price and release date

Mercedes are keeping quiet for now on the pricing of the new AMG C63, however you can bet that it’ll cost more than the previous generation. That car was £77,000, so something closer to £90,000 is likely.

You can expect to see the new Mercedes-AMG C63 hit the showrooms at the beginning of 2023.

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