The new 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is upon us, launching initially in North America with turbocharged four-cylinder C300 4Matic and six-cylinder C400 4Matic flavors. But that's only the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to the vast array of powertrain configurations that will be offered in the new C-Class in markets around the world. Orders will soon be rolling in for gasoline, hybrid and diesel engines with four, six or eight cylinders, driving the rear wheels or all four, with the seven-speed automatic transmission soon to be replaced by a new nine-speed unit. But what enthusiasts are really looking forward to is the next C63 AMG.

As BMW has done with the M3 (and new M4), Mercedes has gradually ratcheted up the cylinder count in its AMG C-Class, graduating from the 3.6-liter V6 in the original C36 AMG to the 4.3-liter V8 in the C43 AMG, then the 5.5-liter V8 in the C55 AMG before going the distance with the sublime 6.2-liter V8 in the C63 AMG. Like its rivals, Mercedes is expected to use turbochargers as a replacement for displacement in the next model, but unlike its Bavarian rival, it won't be losing any cylinders in the process.

Skipping the 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 that has gone on to power other AMG models, the next C63 AMG is still expected to introduce a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 producing between 450 and 500 horsepower. It'll also reportedly keep the same seven-speed automatic transmission (instead of switching to the new nine-speed), but the jury's still out on whether it'll come with rear- or all-wheel drive (or offer buyers the choice). The downsized V8 – codenamed M177 – is then expected to find its way into other models, but the C-Class will be the first to get it when it arrives before the end of the new year ahead.


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      Flex
      • 1 Year Ago
      So the '63' is meaningless seeing as this is a 4 litre V8? Or maybe they'll call it C48 AMG. Or maybe they should just ditch the numbers and call it the C-Class AMG?
      Bobby
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who'd have guessed MB and Lexus would keep na V8s for the next gen performance cars. Regardless, I'm happy I'll still have an option for a V8 in a sport sedan segment
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      Dallas
      • 1 Year Ago
      C36 was a straight six
        anf6789
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dallas
        Just looked under my C36's hood. Looks like an Inline 6 to me! They always get that messed up. Last MB gas Inline 6.
          anf6789
          • 1 Year Ago
          @anf6789
          C55 was 5.4l, as were all the m113 "55" v8s
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        @Dallas
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      Scott Coffin
      • 1 Year Ago
      The original C36 used an inline6 not a V6
      AE86
      • 1 Year Ago
      Long live NA v8's
      Master Austin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Reminds me of the Lincoln LS with it's 3.9L V8. Strap a turbo onto it and your looking at well over 400HP. Its an "odd" configuration just like Mazda with it's 1.8L V6 way back when and it's 2.3L V6.
      Ferrarisimo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Word on the street is that power will be put to the wheels via a 7-speed DCT, not an auto.
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        Matt Mossberg
        • 1 Year Ago
        From what I've read on the e63 4matic, you can still go tail happy and the awd system is heavily favored in the rear (or at least it can be set that way?) I would think MB sells more c63s then e63s in the states and because of this would be more likely to have an option of both rwd and awd for the US. One thing I am not worried about is AMGs ability to produce gorgeous music out of the exhaust.
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      Fun Bus
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a shitty Korean rip off of an european saloon, very forgettable, MB are a joke, at least there are plenty of tasteless badge snobs in the states to lap these dreadful cars up.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Fun Bus
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      brmintz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Umm the new m3 just went from an 8 to a 6..... Come on AB!!!!
      Jonathan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wait. "C300" is going to have 4 cylinders? That makes no sense. Why change the name from "C250"? What's the point of confusing people? Whatever. If they're calling this 4 liter v8 a "C63" nothing really matters any more.
      jon
      • 11 Months Ago
      looking at the future models photos on the mbusa website, this looks to be the same as the non-amg 2015 C300 body with amg wheels
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