Mercedes-AMG is changing the game by introducing an advanced hybrid drivetrain for the first time to power its beloved C 63 performance sedan.
Inspired by technology transfer direct from Formula 1, the combination of the world’s most powerful production four-cylinder engine with a Mercedes-AMG-developed Electric Drive Unit (EDU) mounted on the rear axle produces truly astonishing levels of performance – a combined total of 500kW and 1020 Nm.
A highly potent turbocharged combustion engine claims the mantle of the world’s most powerful four-
cylinder production engine with an astonishing output-per-litre of 176 kW. The seamless combination of this unit mounted longitudinally in the engine bay with a powerful two-speed electric motor positioned on the rear axle not only demonstrates the viability of hybrid technology as a source of powerful acceleration and outstanding responsiveness, but also delivers 50:50 front-rear balance. Experts refer to this layout as a P3 hybrid.
In addition, with the help of an advanced onboard battery, the C 63 S E PERFORMANCE can store recuperated energy, and also draw electric power from an external charger via an onboard charging port. The electrical energy stored in this high-performance battery weighing just 89 kilograms can generate continuous output of 70 kW and peak output of 150 kW for up to 10 seconds, in addition to output from the combustion engine.
The AMG-devised battery has been designed for fast power delivery and draw, rather than the longest
possible electric driving range. Nevertheless, an all-electric range of up to 15 kilometres allows a practical operating radius – for example, a quiet and emission-free commute from a residential area to the outskirts of the city or to a motorway.
For the first time in the storied history of this model, the C 63 S E PERFORMANCE is fitted with rear-axle steering. This standard inclusion operates with a maximum steering angle of 2.5 degrees. At speeds of up to 100 km/h (variable, depending on the AMG DYNAMICS setting), the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to the front wheels. This leads to a virtual shortening of the wheelbase, which results in significantly more agile turn-in, less steering effort and improved manoeuvrability. In turning or parking situations, the turning circle is noticeably reduced.
The new Mercedes-AMG C 63 S E PERFORMANCE will be on sale to the public from 15th December at