It is fair to say that the decision to replace the next-generation Mercedes-AMG with a V8 from the C63 to replace it with a turbocharged four-cylinder hybrid has misled many. Anyone watching this video may feel increasingly frustrated.
The Mercedes-AMG C63 has long been one of the automaker’s best-sounding models. The 6.2-liter naturally-aspired V8 used by the W204-generation model certainly sounds the best, but even after bringing the W205 model down to the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, AMG engineers were able to give it a thunderous soundtrack. The same cannot be said about the 2023 model.
A handful of prototypes were recently spotted near and near N নrburging, and it would be a trivial matter to describe the sound of the vehicle as ‘silent’. Most of the videos show the C63 cruising but by the time the throttle is opened, the car still fails to deliver the engine or exhaust note which is even faintly exciting.
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The lack of sound in the new C63 should be offset by its performance. In fact, Mercedes-AMG has already confirmed that the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder will work alongside a 48-volt light-hybrid system to deliver 464 hp. The sedan will be an electric motor with some added oomph 198 hp. The car will come exclusively with a rear-facing 4Matic system and a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Powertrain aside, the new C63 is taking shape quite a bit. It will come with modified front and rear fascias and will benefit from the Flard Wheel Arch. The back of this prototype looks particularly meaningful for angular taillights and accent diffusers. Quad tailpipes featuring AMG are also visible.
Mercedes-Benz will sell the new C63 sedan and estate model, but it is unclear whether the current coupe and cabriolet variant will continue through next-generation models.