But when times comes for its replacement, AMG boss Tobias Moers told CarAdvice in an interview that it will ditch the twin-turbo V8 engine and go for a hybrid powertrain.
“If you apply proper intelligent hybridization or electrification to a car which is capable of having an always-on strategy regarding the battery and the whole system, then it’s amazing what you can get out of them”, said Moers. “Which means for sure the next-generation Mercedes-AMG C63 will be a hybrid – that’s now a given.”
The next C63 is still in its early stages of development, but enthusiasts should expect a force-fed six-cylinder engine, with a small electric motor attached to it. With this move, Mercedes wants to make sure the top-of-the-line C-Class will meet the stringer emissions requirements for the next decade.
Will it sound anything like today’s thunderous V8?
The car’s soundtrack remains an issue for now, but since it’s still a few years away, Moers is confident that engineers will find a solution. “Obviously, if it runs electrical, then there’s no AMG thunder. We are facing severe regulations, especially in Europe, but sound is very important for our customers, no doubt about that. However, I’m confident that we will find the right solution for that issue.”
In addition to dropping a couple of cylinders, the upcoming Mercedes-AMG C63 might also get all-wheel drive. It hasn’t been confirmed yet, but Moers hinted that the rear-wheel drive hallmark could change with the arrival of the next generation model.