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Big changes for the 2024 Mercedes-AMG C-Class

The C63 S E PERFORMANCE is faster with half the number of cylinders

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No, this isn’t another electrification story, but it still will hurt some purists. Why? Because the 2024 Mercedes-AMG C63 S E PERFORMANCE is a reflection of changing values. Whereas the current AMG C63 features a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with 469 horsepower (or 505 as the C63 S), the 2024 version will feature 671 horsepower from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four — that’s 469 horsepower from the engine, and 201 horsepower from the electric motor.

2024 Mercedes-AMG C63 S E PERFORMANCE
2024 Mercedes-AMG C63 S E PERFORMANCE

In my world, C-Class means it’s Mercedes-Benz’s compact series (though it has grown since its inception, like most cars do), and that’s still true. But if you are wondering where the “63” comes in, that’s a valid question because wasn’t Mercedes’ method based on engine size, like a 6.3-liter?

Considering the 2022 version is only 4.0 liters, this isn’t a new thing. However, the 2023 C-Class, which was redesigned this past year, already has an AMG model called the C43 4MATIC with a turbo 2.0-liter four combined with a rear-mounted 48V electric motor that, in combination, puts out 402 horses. Apparently there is precedent for this brave new world of AMG, though the new 2024 C63 S E PERFORMANCE model is on a whole new level.

2024 Mercedes-AMG C63 S E PERFORMANCE
2024 Mercedes-AMG C63 S E PERFORMANCE

“The C63 S E PERFORMANCE … is a real game-changer. With its revolutionary concept, it brings a completely new approach to the segment, which until now has been primarily characterized by the promise of pure performance,” says the Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, Philipp Schiemer.

Mercedes claims the tech that has trickled down from Formula 1—an electric support of the exhaust gas turbocharger — renders turbo lag obsolete. The electric motor also helps with acceleration from a standstill, so this plug-in hybrid can perform the 0-60 mph sprint in 3.3 seconds, which is performance never seen from a four-cylinder sedan before. At over 4,600 pounds, to have a four pull that much weight and get those numbers is nothing short of miraculous.

2024 Mercedes-AMG C63 S E PERFORMANCE
2024 Mercedes-AMG C63 S E PERFORMANCE

“The new [car] is a technological masterpiece that takes a new approach … The immediate response of the electric drive at the rear axle, the rapid torque build-up as well as the fast power output and also draw of our battery are very special features. Add to this the standard-fit rear axle steering and the fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive with Drift Mode – the new C63 once again illustrates the high level of technical expertise that AMG possesses,” adds Jochen Hermann, Chief Technical Officer.

This new all-wheel-drive AMG (the model’s name a mouthful, so please forgive the brevity at the moment) will no longer be available as a coupe, but a sedan and wagon are available if you live outside North America. For you Yankees and Canucks, you’ll have to settle for the sedan.

But then there’s that missing V8 sound …

Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in the Southwest.

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