This is the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 SE Performance, a car with a very long name and more horsepower than ever. The list of faster technologies is as long as your arm, and Mercedes would like to point out that much of it stems from Formula 1 know-how.
Big Power Four banger
Mercedes says the supercharged 2.0-litre engine in the new C 63 SE Performance is the world’s most powerful four-cylinder, producing 238bhp per liter (476 total) with no lag thanks to an electrically spooled turbo like the one on Lewis Hamilton’s F1 car . Combined with a two-stage electric motor on the rear axle and all-wheel drive, the C 63 will take off from the assembly line like a rocket and accelerate to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds.
The engine, turbo and motors combine to produce 680 hp and over 750 lb.-ft. Torque makes it the most powerful C 63 to date.
engine and battery
The E Performance’s electric motor is located on the rear axle and produces 204 hp with an electronic limited-slip differential and a two-speed gearbox for start and efficiency. The AMG-developed 6.1kWh battery is positioned above the axle, with each of its 560 cells individually cooled to keep the battery at an efficient average temperature. The motor and battery give the C 63 SE Performance an all-electric range of just over 13km and thanks to the AWD system’s mechanical connections to the front axle, it can send electric torque to the front wheels when needed.
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Both the sedan and station wagon versions of the C 63 are 83 mm longer than the normal C-Class, with a front track width that is 76 mm wider. The wheelbase has also grown by 10 mm, while active air deflectors behind the front apron allow air to be ducted as required. There’s a new grille, front bumper, side skirts and rear bumper/diffuser, as well as a red-backed E-Performance badging on the sides. 19-inch wheels are standard, with 20-inch forged wheels optional.
Inside, there’s a new AMG steering wheel and sports seats, while the MUBX multimedia system has received some new hybrid-specific gauges.
There are eight driving modes in total, including Electric, Comfort, Battery Hold, Sport, Sport+, RACE, Slippery and Individual. Their functions are fairly self-explanatory with each adding or withholding electric boost as needed, but Battery Hold is particularly interesting as it limits use of the electric motor to keep battery charge at a constant level during regenerative braking. You can have your 680hp super sedan and be eco-friendly at the same time.
Brake regeneration has four levels, where 0 means almost no assistance from the electric motor and 3 means driving with a pedal like in a full electric vehicle. The adaptive dampers have three modes, Comfort, Sport and Sport+ and of course there is a drift mode.
The C 63 SE Performance will be available with sedan and station wagon body styles, although the long roof version won’t make its way to the US. With half as many cylinders and a lot more power, the C 63 SE Performance is packed with F1-inspired tech and will likely come at an F1-inspired price. We can’t wait to try it out.
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James Walker is an automotive journalist at Torque News, focusing on Lucid Motors. If it has wheels, he’s interested, and he’s excited to see what kind of cars the EV revolution will bring us. Whether it’s fast, slow, new or old, James wants to look around and share it in print and on video, ideally with some twisty roads. You can get in touch with James TwitterInstagram and LinkedIn.