Mercedes C63 AMG confirmed for 2015

13 Jan, 2014 3:21am Jack Rix

Mercedes C63 will arrive in 12 months time with new downsized 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8

Mercedes has only just pulled the covers off the all-new C-Class in Detroit, but a hot V8-powered C63 AMG won't be too far away. Speaking with Auto Express, Tobias Moers, AMG's product chief, confirmed that he'll be keeping a close eye on the new BMW M3 reveal in Detroit as his rival to that car is "about a year" away. 

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Rumours have been circulating about what will power the new C63 AMG, as Mercedes continues its mission to improve fuel consumption right across the range, while power outputs continue to grow. The naturally aspirated 6.2-litre V8 in the current car has now died with the discontinuation of the SLS AMG supercar, replaced by a 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 in the SL63 AMG, S63 AMG and E63 AMG. But something even smaller is on the way for the hot C-Class.

A new 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 has been the bookies' favourite for a while now, and Moers confirmed that the speculation is true. "You are now familiar with our 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine? Well you can imagine what happens when you put two of those together," he said.

Moers refused to be drawn on a power output, but admitted that AMGs tend to deliver a little more power than the competition. With the new BMW M3 producing 424bhp from its new turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine, expect the C63 AMG to deliver well over 450bhp in standard trim and over 500bhp with the optional Peformance Pack.

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