We’ll surely miss the sweet V8 sound of the outgoing Mercedes-AMG C63 but its successor certainly made up for it with its new hybrid setup. Recently, the three-pointed star marque unveiled the 2024 Mercedes-AMG C63 S E Performance with design and performance overhauls, which we will break down here.
The new AMG C63 S adopts the same longitudinally-mounted 2.0-liter inline-four engine partnered with an electric motor similar to the AMG C43. Although it features a plug-in hybrid system, it is only capable of covering a range of eight miles in pure electric power. That’s because the primary purpose of the Formula 1-sourced tech is for providing the car with extra oomph.
Together with an electrically-assisted turbocharger, the new AMG C63 S is capable of going up to 469 hp at 6,750 rpm and 402 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 to 5,500 rpm. All that power is distributed via a nine-speed wet-clutch MCT (Multi-Clutch Technology) transmission.
Right off the bat, the electric motor can kickstart the car with its 201 hp and 236 lb-ft torque output to push its all-wheel-drive system to an estimated sprint time from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds while the speed of the hybrid is maxed out at 155 mph, or 174 mph with the optional AMG performance package.
The new AMG C63 S has a lot of new features including a reengineered chassis for better weight and power management as it now weighs 4,654 pounds. It also has a revised steel suspension with adaptive dampers containing three modes.
To accommodate the changes in the powertrain, the car has a longer and wider nose now. Likewise, its wheelbase has grown.
As hinted by its earlier spy shots, the range-topping AMG C-Class is highlighted by redesigned Panamericana front grille, air intakes on the sides of the front bumper, quadruple exhaust tips, rear diffuser, rear spoiler, and 19- to 20-inch wheels.
The new AMG C63 S is still available in its wagon guise, but USA customers are only limited to its sedan form.