It’s a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder – who else is going to miss that sound?!
Mercedes has introduced the new AMG C63 and there’s bad news for fans of the V8 grunt – the big motor is no more. Instead, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder motor is installed and its the first ever hybrid C63.
If that sounds like the C-Class performance variant has been neutered, rest assured that it still manages to produce 680bhp and 1020Nm of torque with 0-62mph acceleration in 3.4 seconds and all-wheel drive (although you can select rear-wheel drive only). Plus, active rear wheel steering.
It boosts an aggressive well-set stance and certainly stands out from the regular series C Class. There are flared wheel arches, a power bulge, air vent, larger lower air intakes and the front of the cars is slightly longer to make room for a bigger cooling system.
It’s lowered, has side skirts and 19-inch wheels are standard with 20-inch optional. At the back there’s a lip spoiler (there will also be an estate version and that gets a roof spoiler), plus quad exhausts and a new diffuser.
The engine is based on the motor in the AMG A45 S where it produces 421bhp. In the C 63 it churns out 476bhp, but is combined 204bhp motor to come up with the 680bhp total – 170bhp more than an M3. Yet it achieves 40mpg with 156g/km CO2 emissions.