Mercedes-Benz is actively working on the development of the future AMG C63, which it is now testing on the circuit.
The latest images show prototypes for the sedan body style of the new C63. The prototypes for the wagon model are also tested and can be seen in the video below. The latest prototypes have lost much of the camouflage of previous tests, revealing design details such as flared wheel arches, front bumpers, boot spoiler and four square exhaust tips.
The powertrain will consist of a 2.0-liter in-line turbocharger-4 found in the latest generation of AMG compact cars, but with a power even higher than the maximum of 416 hp of those cars and will also receive a boost from hybrid technology similar to that used in Formula 1, as well as the upcoming AMG One.
Mercedes is working on an electric monster
With the new C63, an electric-assisted turbocharger will help increase the 2.0-liter engine power to 442 hp. There will also be an electric motor integrated with the engine in a mild-hybrid configuration to power the auxiliary functions as well as to serve as the starting motor. On top of that, there will be a much more powerful engine at the rear axle to bring the combined power to a maximum of 643 hp. This rear engine will be mated to its own 2-speed transmission.
The figure of 643 hp will probably be reserved for a C63S E Performance model.
However, there will be a weight penalty due to the complex propulsion group. In other words, the hybrid technology will add about 250 kilograms and bring the total weight to about two tons. Part of the big charge is due to a large battery that should provide decent electrical autonomy.
Conventional elements, such as a 9-speed automatic system, an all-wheel drive mechanical system, adaptive suspension and drift mode, are likely to be present in the new C63.
Performance estimates include an acceleration of 0-100 km / h in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 290 km / h.