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Say Goodbye to the V8-Powered Mercedes-AMG C63

It looks like the end of the road for AMG’s fire-breathing V8 engine and the Mercedes-AMG C63 could be the first to drop it.

According to Autocar, the next generation Mercedes-AMG C63 is likely to swap its V8 engine for a 4-cylinder hybrid unit. It will be the first AMG model to get an electrified powertrain and is expected to be launched sometime in 2022.

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The new AMG C63 is expected to use the 2.0-liter M139 4-pot that powers the A45 hatchback, which is likely to be equipped with a 48V integrated starter motor. Despite being half the size of the current V8 engine, the 2.0-liter hybrid is rumored to produce 503 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. While we are glad that it would pack performance worthy of the AMG badge, the throaty V8 exhaust note will be sorely missed. The C63 could get a 9-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive.

Until then, the Mercedes-AMG C63 will continue to be offered with a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 engine. In base trim, this engine produces 469 hp and 479 lb-ft, while the C63 S gets the 503 hp version that churns out 516 lb-ft of torque. The claimed 0-60 mph time is 3.7 seconds and according to Mercedes, it will hit 180 mph.

Source: Autocar

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