Mercedes-AMG has delivered what you expected: New C 63 SE Performance The V8 says goodbye to the biturbo and moves to a four-cylinder hybrid. And it looks like this is the path of the brand’s sports department, although it is true that it promises to keep the V8 as long as there is demand, with the Mercedes saloon setting new pillars. and yes, hardcore petrol headYou’ll be screaming skyward because it’s a hybrid four-cylinder, but it’s a bet to get 680 hp, 1,020 Nm of torque and 0 to 100 in just 3.4 seconds,
These figures, more typical of a supercar than a sedan, are possible thanks to the combination of the M139—the same four-cylinder that powers the A, GLA and CLA 45—equipped with an electric drive located on the rear axle. And of course this whole plan has been drawn to usher in a new era in AMG is experienced by a consistent beauty And for a much-needed set-up to properly tame the nearly 700 hp that the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 E gives performance.
Musing for the first Mercedes-AMG C 63 that abandons the V8
It will not have the already famous biturbo V8 under the hood, but the design of the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 E Performance does not leave anyone indifferent. It fleshes out all four sides, resulting in a car that is 76 millimeters wider than the traditional C-Class. and 83 millimeters long,
The front is governed by an escorted Pan-American grill, in turn, by a sudden defense in which the air intakes stand out on two sides. The set comes with a splitter finished in carbon fiber and a hood with various ribs, an air intake and, for the first time, lined with the AMG logo on it.
If we take a look at the side view of the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 SE Performance we’ll get 19 inch wheels -Which can be had as an option with 20- wide wheel arches and carbon fiber side skirts and rear-view mirrors. Although for me the icing on the cake is found in the rear, where a spoiler generated in the carbon fiber serves as a prelude to an aggressive diffuser with a quad exhaust outlet installed… we’ll see how well it does Directs the hybrid four-cylinder soundtrack.
The interior is also subject to change starting with one of the most important seats. And it is that this installment of the C63 debuts the newly designed bucket seats, which, along with carbon fiber and Alcantara for the passenger compartment, can leave a very aggressive passenger compartment. The infotainment system does not change with respect to the traditional C-Class except for the menus typical for this version; But what changes the steering wheel,
Now we find the AMG steering wheel That other models of the firm have already been released and this is mainly due to the lack of two satellite controls that allow us to change the driving mode and adjust various parameters according to our needs and tastes.
Nearly 700 hp from the most powerful four-cylinder on the market
But let’s get to the root of the matter: Mechanical section of the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 SE Performance, As a starting point we find the aforementioned M139, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that, for the occasion, develops 476 hp and 545 Nm of torque. But when we have a 6.1 kWh capacity battery charged, it is responsible for giving life to an electric motor located on the rear axle that delivers 204 hp and 320 Nm of additional torque which is managed through a two-speed transmission. is done.
Combining both the mechanics, the Mercedes-AMG hybrid sedan manages to produce a heavy 680 CV and 1.020 Nm across, figures managed by a nine-speed multi-clutch gearbox which is lighter than the conventional one. 0 to 100 takes 3.4 seconds and top speed is 250 km/h, although we can increase it to 280 km/h-270 km/h in case of estate- if we opt for the AMG driver package. All this has been done keeping in mind the 2,145 kg declared on the scale.
To this we have to add the presence of An electric turbo designed to reduce its lag, It is animated by a small 400-volt electrical system that allows the turbo to rotate up to 150,000 rpm and, like the car’s electrical section and all the power in it, is connected to the fuel cooling system to maintain a consistent and mechanical And also the temperature in the electrical section.
In turn, the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 SE Performance gets different retention modes for recharging the battery on the go and with the possibility of driving in fully electric mode. The German saloon has a total autonomy of 13 kms., a low figure but this should not surprise us as it is a power segment that seeks to provide profit and not so much efficiency. Although we can plug the new C 63 into power, the battery can be almost fully charged while rolling.
Another innovation lies in a directional rear axle with a turning angle of 2.5º and in the possibility of activating a drift mode with which all power is sent to the rear axle. Thus, the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 SE Performance aims to be a worthy successor to a line of vehicles powered by V8 engines. We don’t know arrival date or priceBut we can guess that it will not be present in the market until 2023 and it will not be suitable for all wallets, much less.