Next-generation Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG will get a new turbocharged 4.0-liter V8

Article by Christian A., on January 6, 2013

The successor to the existing naturally aspirated 6.2-litre V8 powered Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG will be powered by an all-new turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 powerplant that comes from Mercedes-Benz’s AMG performance off-shoot. This is the same unit that will be used for the future Mercedes SLC sports car. Mercedes developed the unit using modular lines.

It is believed to have the same individual cylinder capacity, bore centre spacing and other specs with the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder intended for the Mercedes A45 AMG and Mercedes CLA45 AMG.

Sources said that the new unit, which is expected to offer more than 450bhp in the first state of tune but could generate as much as 600bhp, will later replace the naturally aspirated 5.5-litre V8 that’s exclusively used by the Mercedes SLK55 AMG, offering a step upward to AMG’s bigger turbocharged 5.5-litre V8. AMG boss Ola Kallenius only implied that the company will soon offer smaller engines.

He didn’t officially confirm the new engine to Autocar at the Los Angeles motor show at the later part of last year. But he said that downsizing to 5.5 as well as more advanced direct-injection technology is to be expected in the future.

The successor to the C63 AMG will feature a new engine as well as be the first of the company’s performance saloons to be available with either rear- or four-wheel drive in right-hand drive versions.

You’ll be fascinated by how the Mercedes C63 easily combines sensual clarity with stylish sporting character. The overall design of this powerful V8 top model showcases motorsport influence and captivating technology. The Saloon and Estate’s exterior characteristics are enough to identify them as part of the Mercedes-AMG family. The C63 and C63S have specific design elements that makes it easier to distinguish one from the other.

New C-Class has an emotional and sensual surface design featuring reduced, minimalist forms and an added, positive tension that gives it an overall dynamic character. It stands on wider tracks and powered by an eight-cylinder engine “for a completely standalone front end”. Its aluminum front wings are stamped with “V8 BITURBO” lettering and are wider by 14 millimeters (each side). Its front end is now longer by 54 millimeters. Structure-wise, the C63’s body-in-white is reinforced in specific areas to compensate for the generation and transmission of extreme longitudinal and transverse forces (via the drivetrain and running gear).

As a product of Mercedes-AMG, the C63 comes with accents that highlight its sporting character. It has two distinctive power domes on its long aluminum bonnet, which work well with its (wider) wings, giving it a more muscular look. Its “twin blade” radiator grille with AMG lettering is positioned lower, with an “arrow form” – which helps lower its visual center of gravity.

The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG also features an “A-wing” in three-dimensional form, functioning as an “airflow guide” for its three cooling air intakes. Optimum airflow towards its cooling module is ensured by its flics while the front splitter (found along the lower edge of its front skirt) functions to reduce lift.

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