The next generation of Mercedes-AMG C63 will be 4WD, putting an end to the age of Merc’s super-saloons quick rear-wheel drive. Following the present E63 footsteps, a source confirmed to TopGear.com that the next generation hot C-Class, due in 2021, will be fitted with Drift mode, AMG’s front driveshafts decoupled system.
Furthermore, the C63 is probable to maintain its 4.0-liter V8 twin turbo, although with enhanced power to counter the threat presented by next year’s fresh BMW M3. That uses the new twin turbo of 3.0-liter straight six seen recently in the X3 M, where it develops 503bhp. We know that the C63 is probable to generate 542bhp in the form of flagship S.
Combine this with the multi-clutch transmission from 4WD and Merc and we would expect a 0-62 mph time in the three-second low range. 4WD Hybrid’s traction and all-weather usability is likely to appear in the C53, which will produce about 429bhp if it borrows the petrol-electric power station directly from the current E53 and CLS53. Don’t worry too much about that–with sheer inner combustion energy, the top-line AMG C-Class should survive another generation.