2015 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
The AMG version of the C-class has delivered the goods in the past, and there is every reason to believe the new model won't disappoint. The bummer is that it loses its predecessor's naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V-8 engine, although the downsized, twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 that replaces it should pacify all but the most nostalgically minded brand aficionados. This car will aim to bring supercar power within the reach of upper-middle-class customers. And it will impart a considerable halo effect over the entire C-class lineup.
The C63 AMG is a derivative of the W205 C-class; as such, it shares many chassis, powertrain, and electronics components with the current and next-generation E-class and S-class. The AMG version will continue to be offered with rear-wheel drive, but a 4MATIC all-wheel-drive derivative is possible down the road.
The C63 AMG moniker will be even more misleading than before, given the displacement of the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8. This new engine, which is shared with the upcoming AMG GT, will make well over 450 horsepower, and future Black Series iterations could easily pack and additional 100 horses. As with the current C63, the new version will only be available with an automatic transmission; there are no manuals in AMG's present or future. We believe the AMG gearbox will keep seven speeds for some time; Affalterbach’s torque-rich engines certainly do not require the nine-speed transmission which Daimler has announced for non-AMG models.