2024 Mercedes AMG C63 Is a Game Changer

The 2024 Mercedes AMG C63 might change the luxury plug-in hybrid game with its F1-inspired hybrid powertrain.
Written by Andrew Kidd
Reviewed by Serena Aburahma
Mercedes is revamping its high-performance luxury C-Class sedan, but it's coming back with a hybrid twist.

A small engine with a secret

Car and Driver
, the high-performance edition of Mercedes' C-class sedan will return as the all-new 2024 Mercedes-AMG C63 S, but with an entirely different powertrain.
The previous generation of C63 was powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 putting out up to 503 horsepower, but the new-generation C63 will be powered by a tiny-by-comparison 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor to produce a whopping 671 horsepower. 
Outside of the powertrain, the C63 is pretty much based on the new-for-'22 C-class but with more energetic styling and a better interior.
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2024 Mercedes AMG C63: Built for performance, not electric range

The new plug-in hybrid powertrain will improve the C63's performance greatly, but fans of the previous iteration's engine growl will find it sounds quite a bit different.
Much like in its Formula 1 car, Mercedes installed an electric-powered turbocharger system to reduce turbo lag, or the power delay you feel in turbocharged vehicles as the exhaust-powered turbine spins up.
While its all-electric range is pretty paltry—a completely charged battery is estimated to provide around 10 miles of driving range—it's probably what you should expect on a vehicle that chose to channel that electric efficiency into performance, not range. 
C&D expects the C63 to hit 0-to-60 in 3.3 seconds.

Size matters not

Because the previous iteration's twin-turbo V-8 engine has been downsized to a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-banger, you might think it'd be less capable. That'd probably be true if this little engine was working on its own.
The automaker predicts that the C63's new hybrid propulsion system will produce 671 horsepower. 
Per C&D, this configuration allows for some limited all-electric driving, but only for roughly 10 miles; the objective is to provide the performance of the outgoing car while improving overall fuel economy. 
The EPA hasn't yet published the C63's fuel economy numbers.

Price and availability of the 2024 Mercedes AMG C63

The 2024 C63 is expected to hit Mercedes dealerships in mid-2023. 
Mercedes-AMG hasn't disclosed the price yet, but C&D expects the C63 to follow the 2022 C-class's pricing structure, beginning with the Premium base trim starting at $85,000—which would be pretty fair for such a high-performance hybrid powertrain.
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