AMG brought a near-production C 63 prototype to Britain’s Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this year, and now the unmasked car is about to premiere. So far, it can be seen from the side view, which hints at the traditional extension of the sedan in the fenders, large wheels and a sharply cut radiator grille.
Much is already known about the rival for the BMW M3. Unlike its rear-wheel drive predecessor, the next generation will be sold exclusively with 4Matic all-wheel drive.
Four-cylinder Mercedes-AMG C 63 captured on the Nürburgring. Sounds interesting
The predecessor’s four-liter V8 is officially a thing of the past. The folks at Affalterbach have reiterated on numerous occasions that the new C 63 will take over the 2-liter M139 four-cylinder from the AMG “45” numbered compact models, but with more power and longitudinal storage. The electric motor located at the back will draw the necessary energy from the 6.1 kWh battery, so the car will be a plug-in hybrid with the possibility of recharging from the network.
Halving the number of cylinders will no doubt upset purists, but with an estimated combined output of around 670bhp, the top of the C-Class should be suitably quick.
It is not yet clear whether the station wagon will also see its premiere. We will learn more at the official premiere scheduled for September 21.