The high-performance variant of Mercedes' entry-luxury C-class sedan will return as the 2023 C63, but with a whole new engine.
Mercedes-Benz updated the popular C-Class for 2022, with new looks, mild-hybrid powertrains, and new technology.
Previously powered by a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 engine with 469 or 503 horsepower, the new C63 will have a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder hybrid powertrain with 500 horsepower.
To help mitigate turbo lag, the downsized engine uses an electrically powered turbocharger system related to the one found in Mercedes-AMG’s Formula 1 race car.
Mercedes-AMG has also revealed that the C43, the brand's entry-level sports car, will be making a comeback to the lineup.
The C63 is set to return to the Mercedes-AMG lineup as a 2023 model after a two-year gap. The car is expected to be unveiled by the end of 2022, with sales beginning early next year.
Mercedes-AMG hasn't released pricing yet, but we expect the C63 to follow the new three-tier layout introduced with the 2022 C-class, with the Premium base trim starting around $70,000.
The 2021 C63's twin-turbo V-8 engine has been replaced by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder.
The new high-performance hybrid power system will produce roughly 500 horsepower when combined, making it a natural rival to performance sedans like the BMW M3 and the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing.
The important thing to remember is that Mercedes-AMG isn't losing performance with the advent of smaller engines, so acceptance of the shift will come down to engine sound and people's perception.