When news broke that the coming Mercedes-AMG C 63 would give up its demonic-sounding V8 for a hybridized 4-cylinder powertrain, fanatics all around the globe howled dirges and spilled lager on the ground for a fallen comrade. Then AMG confirmed a prototype of the 2023 C 63 S at previous month’s Nürburgring 24 Hours. The energy quantities attributed to the static display put the new electrified C 63 at 661 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, a nifty 158 ponies more than could be had in the erstwhile V8, proving all was not misplaced.
If we can believe our ears when listening to a video clip of a prototype out testing, nonetheless, the demonic section absolutely has been lost. Carspotter Jeroen shot virtually six minutes of the new AMG close to and on the Nürburgring, its exhaust be aware quieter than a vacuum cleaner’s and significantly less attention-grabbing.
To make sure we weren’t imagining the bedlam we applied to hear from an AMG’s quad pipes, we cued up movies of past AMG C 63s roaring through the Eifel Forest. We uncovered that indeed, without a doubt, they did roar. So far, this new 1 does not. Even beneath difficult acceleration, with the exhaust dealing with the digicam, you can find mainly wind and tire noise shrouding a drone interrupted only by equipment shifts. In point, at the 29-second mark, you can find anything someplace else on the monitor producing more sound that the Mercedes filling the screen.
A transient little bit of a single of our investigation video clips shown in which things are headed. A W212 AMG E 63 blasts by way of a trio of corners spouting an absurd volume of growl, crackle, and pop, adopted by an AMG One that, properly, will not.
The specs for the 2023 AMG C 63 S are even now grand, nevertheless. The M139 2.-liter 4-cylinder can make 464 horsepower by alone, getting the highest-output generation four-cylinder on the sector, and helping the sedan to the form of acceleration that may well reset the segment. A debut must take place in the coming months in planning for industry launch early up coming calendar year.