Mercedes-AMG has recently teased the 2023 C63 on social media while also confirming that they will finally reveal the high-performance sedan on September 21. This was not the first time that the German carmakers have shown the 2023 C63 to the public, as they had brought a camouflaged prototype example to this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. Pricing hasn't been revealed by Mercedes, but we expect it to cost around $70,000.
Not much information is out there about the BMW M3 rival. But one of the few things that have been confirmed by Mercedes-AMG is that the 2023 C63 will ditch the twin-turbo V8 engine the 2021 model had. Instead, the new C63 will come with a four-cylinder plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain. The 2023 Mercedes-AMG C63 will also only be offered with 4Matic, unlike its rear-wheel-drive predecessor.
Mercedes-AMG has also confirmed that the 2023 C63 will have the E Performance badge on it. This was first used on the AMG GT 4-Door and it will soon be worn by a variant of the SL roadster.
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The hybrid powertrain that will be present in the new C63 will have a 2.0-litre M139 four-cylinder engine that is also present in the "45" models, but here it has been mounted longitudinally and will produce more power, according to AMG. The inline-four engine will work with a 48V mild-hybrid system and an electric exhaust gas turbo to produce 469 HP. There will be an additional electric motor that will up to 201 HP and 235 lb-ft of torque. In total, the 2023 C63 will produce 670 HP and 552 lb-ft of torque. This is 160 HP and 36 lb-ft more torque than the outgoing C63 S. This will be coupled to a 9-speed automatic transmission with a rear-biased 4Matic+ all-wheel drive system.
Car enthusiasts around the world will undoubtedly be disappointed by the cylinder count reduction. But with the hybrid powertrain producing 670 horsepower, there's no doubt that the flagship C-Class will be quick enough to compete with the BMW M3.
The reveal event for the 2023 Mercedes-AMG C63 is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, September 21. It's possible that the C63 Estate will also be revealed to compete with the BMW M3 Touring and the Audi RS4. The next CLE, which will presumably replace the current C-Class and E-Class two-doors and compete with the BMW M4 and Audi RS5, will likely fill the role of a coupe, while the new GLC 63 crossover will also include the 4-cylinder engine.
One more thing to keep in mind is that the new BMW M series cars that are due in 2023 will be plug-in hybrids as well. But unlike Mercedes, BMW promises to continue with the inline-six and V8 until at least 2030 and has no plans to reduce the size of their combustion engines.
Pricing for the 2023 C63 has not yet been announced by Mercedes-AMG, but we anticipate it will follow the new three-trim structure introduced with the 2022 C-class, with the base Premium trim priced around $70,000 and rising from there. Upon its release, you can expect to see the new C63 take on the likes of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, the Audi RS 5, and the most popular BMW M3.
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