The next-generation Mercedes-AMG C63 could ditch V8 power all together, in favour of an emissions-friendly plug-in hybrid four-cylinder powertrain – according to a new report.
Britain's Autocar claims the new C63 will be the first of a number of upcoming AMG models to use an electrified version of the brand's new 'M139' 2.0-litre turbo four which debuted in the A45/CLA45 twins, and should be launched around 2022.
In addition to the four-cylinder plug-in hybrid performance drivetrain, the new C63 will likely employ a 4Matic all-wheel drive system for maximum traction off the line, which should help it achieve a 0-100 figure close to the mid-3.0 second mark.
On its own, the M139 four-pot develops a healthy 310kW and 500Nm in its most potent 'S' form, so a powerful electric motor could easily push system outputs to over 400kW and 700-800Nm.
Currently, the rear-driven 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8-powered AMG C63 S develops 375kW and 700Nm.
The British publication also claims a detuned version will be used under the bonnet of the next C43 (or whatever it'll be called), potentially augmented by less potent mild-hybrid tech.
It's believed the next-generation model will continue to be offered in several body styles, though Autocar reckons the C63 Estate may not be replaced.
Beyond the AMG C-Class range, the electrified four-cylinder motor is likely to be rolled out across the AMG GLC and GLC Coupe lines as well.
This report follows comments from AMG boss, Tobias Moers, in April 2018. He told CarAdvice "for sure the next-generation Mercedes-AMG C63 will be a hybrid – that’s now a given".
"We need to have a close look at viable alternatives, because we have to be creative and I’m chasing performance and that’s not strictly linked to the number of cylinders."
"If you apply proper intelligent hybridisation or electrification to a car which is capable of having an always-on strategy regarding the battery and the whole system, then it’s amazing what you can get out of them."
Those concerned about whether halving the cylinder count will dull the theatrical soundtrack AMG models are known for, Moers reckons the company will find a way to continue catering to its customers.
"Obviously, if it runs electrical then there’s no AMG thunder. We are facing severe regulations, especially in Europe, but sound is very important for our customers, no doubt about that. However, I’m confident that we will find the right solution for that issue."
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