Like just about each automotive producer, Mercedes-Benz is plotting a technique that can result in an all-electric future. It’s already rolled out its first long-range battery-electric car, the EQS sedan, and is about to comply with with an SUV model, together with the smaller EQE sedan and utility fashions.
The problem is discovering a technique to electrify the AMG aspect of the automaker’s line-up. There, a producer like Mercedes faces trade-offs between efficiency and vary. And one potential answer — no less than for now — is popping to plug-in hybrid know-how.
That’s the place the 2024 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S E comes into play. Set to take the place of the present, V-8-powered C 63, it depends on a decidedly downsized inline-4 paired with a rear-mounted electrical motor. This is greater than only a alternative for the outdated drivetrain, nonetheless. The new mixture manages to ship an astounding 671 horsepower, 128 hp greater than the outgoing bundle.
Big energy from small displacement
Declaring it a “game-changer,” Mercedes-AMG CEO Philipp Schiemer famous the inner combustion aspect of the C 63 bundle is itself “the most powerful 4-cylinder ever.” It makes 480 horsepower out of a mere 2.0-liter displacement.
Of course, one of many advantages of including the rear electrical motor — which pushes energy out by way of a 2-speed gearbox — is its unimaginable torque. The mixed hybrid system not solely makes 671 hp however 752 pound-feet of torque, 236 lb-ft greater than the present C 63. And that torque comes on all however instantaneously.
The C 63 S E turns into one of the crucial highly effective AMGs ever produced, regardless of the bundle. And it is going to be one of many quickest, launching from 0 to 60 in a mere 3.3 seconds, about 0.5 seconds sooner than at present’s V-8. It will prime out at 174 mph, the one place the brand new mannequin falls brief. The outgoing AMG sedan might attain 180 mph.
During a prolonged Zoom name forward of at present’s official announcement, Schiemer provided up some perception into the brand new mannequin. He acknowledged one factor the 2024 mannequin gained’t ship is that body-rattling roar of the outdated V-8.
“The sound will be, for sure, different, but it will be emotional,” he insisted. Apparently, AMG engineers spent plenty of time engaged on the piping of the brand new gasoline aspect of the C 63 S E driveline to ensure it delivers the type of engine be aware that can nonetheless fulfill, although “We have to follow rules,” added Schiemer, referencing the legal guidelines of physics.
Technically, the brand new AMG mannequin is a plug-in hybrid, by way of it options solely a modest 6.1 kilowatt-hour battery. The roughly 200-pound, liquid-cooled pack will solely ship about 7 miles of vary in all-electric mode. Why trouble, then? AMG might have downsized the pack, most typical hybrids coming in at below 2 kWhs. But that might threat a driver working out of electrons simply once they may want them most — whether or not turning laps on a monitor or blasting down the Autobahn, proper foot planted firmly on the ground.
As for charging up, an proprietor actually will have the ability to plug in, more than likely to a Level 2 240-volt charger. But, Schiemer famous, merely utilizing brake regeneration below much less aggressive circumstances ought to assist preserve the pack at or close to capability.
A greater expertise
Raw energy is one factor. But, like conventional Mercedes-AMG entries, the purpose was to create the “compleat” bundle. It is, stated Schiemer, “not just … pure power but the handling of the car, the feeling of the car. It’s the integration of the car.”
Among the options added to the 2024 mannequin, it will get a rear-wheel-steering system that enables the again rubber flip as a lot as 2.5 levels. At low speeds they flip in sync with the entrance tires, delivering an unusually tight turning radius. At speeds above 62 mph, (100 kmh), they prove of part by as much as 0.7 levels. That enhances high-speed dealing with.
The suspension makes use of adaptive damping, with metal springs at every nook.
As you’d anticipate of an AMG with this type of energy, the C 63 S E Performance will get composite brakes with six-piston mounted entrance calipers up entrance. They’re a blended system which implies that a lot of your velocity really will likely be scrubbed off and that kinetic power reworked again into electrons to maintain the battery pack charged. Drivers can modify the extent of regen and the AMG sedan gives a 1-Pedal mode which, below most circumstances, means a driver can merely modulate the throttle to speed up, sluggish and even come to an entire cease.
Motorists can have a alternative of various driving modes, together with Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Race, Battery Hold, and Slippery, and people settings will immediately modify car features together with steering, suspension, throttle, transmission shifts and braking.
Good appears to be like and massive cash
From a design standpoint, the C 63 S E gained’t get confused with a extra typical C-Class. It has wider entrance fenders, flared wheel arches and a monitor widened by about 3 inches. It’s additionally a bit greater than 3 inches longer, with a 0.4-inch stretch to wheelbase.
It will get a modified grille that hints on the traditional 1954 300 SL race automotive, in addition to a double-domed hood with built-in warmth exhaust vents.
The cabin updates the present C 63 however stays near its general look with AMG-requisite touches corresponding to distinctive infotainment features that allow you to document on-track efficiency. And new sports activities seats can be found.
The 2023 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S E Performance will attain European and another world markets early subsequent 12 months. Unfortunately, Americans will want wait till later in 2023 to take supply as a 2024 mannequin. As for pricing, it might shock nobody if the brand new bundle is available in above the $77,250 Mercedes-AMG asks for the present C 63 S bundle, presumably pushing into the mid-$80,000 vary.
Long time period, anticipate the plug-in hybrids to have restricted purposes, no less than if world regulators maintain to their plans to utterly ban using inside combustion engines.
The method taken by the C 63 S E, stated Schiemer is “a bridging step towards total electrification.” AMG has proven it is able to get into that sport with its model of the EQS — although some have derided it as a type of “AMG Light.”
But keep tuned. The sub-brand has a brand new “axial flux” high-performance motor coming nearer to mid-decade, in addition to a novel AMG-exclusive battery-electric platform. The C 63 is simply step one in what Schiemer calls “our electrification strategy.”