With BMW just unveiling the wagon version of its latest M3 performance car, the focus is about to shift to the Bavarian marque’s arch-rival.
The outgoing model has been a huge sales success for Mercedes in Australia and it consistently ranks in the top three best-selling AMG models Down Under.
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That means that the new version has high expectations of buyers who like sports cars.
So what’s new, what’s old and what else do we know about the 2023 Mercedes-AMG C63?
When will the Mercedes-AMG C63 2023 be launched?
As the C63 has not yet been unveiled, Mercedes-Benz Australia is not yet saying anything about timing.
But car guide understands that it will sprint to Australian dealers in the second half of 2023.
As for an official reveal date, that’s also unclear. But as Benz is about to trickle down more information on the new C63, a full reveal should take place in the coming months – certainly before the end of 2023.
What will the 2023 Mercedes-AMG C63 look like?
This is easier to predict because the fifth-generation C-Class is already on sale in a normal non-AMG version.
With the recently unveiled Mercedes-AMG C43 as a guideline, it’s not hard to see what it will look like. Our render gives an idea of what to expect.
As with the previous C63, the new version is unlikely to feature over-the-top performance car designs, and will instead take a more understated approach.
That’s not to say buyers won’t add extras like more aggressive wheels and aerodynamic features like spoilers and the like.
What engine will the 2023 Mercedes-AMG C63 have?
This is one of the most controversial points regarding the next-generation C63. For those who love the sound of a throaty V8, we’ve got some bad news. Mercedes confirmed last year that all variants of the new C-Class would use a four-cylinder engine, including the C43 and C63.
That means the much-hyped AMG-developed 4.0-litre V8 from the outgoing version would be dropped in favor of a modified version of the 2.0-litre turbocharger four-cylinder engine found in the AMG A45, CLA45 and GLA45.
Under the hood of the aforementioned small AMG models, the spirited engine pumps out 310 kW of power and 500 Nm of torque.
The 2023 C63 version of the 2.0-litre unit is expected to be paired with a 400-volt electric turbocharger — technology borrowed from Mercedes’ Formula 1 program — and an electric motor on the rear axle. It will feature 48 volts mild hybrid tech too.
As a result, Benz has promised that the internal combustion engine will produce at least 350 kW, while the total system power could reach 500 kW, easily making it the most powerful four-pot in the world.
The torque is expected to reach 750 Nm. That is more than the output of the C63 S of 375 kW/700 Nm.
The small AMG models also come with the 4Matic four wheel drive system and it looks like the C63 will also switch from rear-wheel drive to all-legged traction. The transmission will be a nine-speed torque converter car.
But don’t mourn the loss of the V8 – it will still be applied to bigger models like the following E-Classbased AMG and more.
How much will the 2023 Mercedes-AMG C63 cost?
Mercedes only sold the flagship S version of the outgoing C63 in Australia, but it’s unclear if there will be both a C63 and a C63 S in the new generation.
The 2021 C63 S sedan was priced over $168,000 before on-road costs, and the car cost just under $171,000.
Of course we don’t know the prices of the C 63 for 2023 yet, but given the new technology that will be included, the pattern of rising prices with new generation cars, the higher material costs and the fact that Benz increased regular C-Class prices quite a bit with the new model, you can bet it will be more expensive than the outgoing car.
Could it exceed $200,000 in Australia? You should think they would keep it under $200k considering the price of rivals like the BMW M3 (from $160,500) and Audi RS4 (from $155,400), and to separate it from its bigger stable mate, the E63 S (from $258,800).
What about the coupe and convertible?
They are still available in Australia, priced at $180,678 for the coupe and $202,177 for the convertible. Remember that these two variants could be your last chance to get into a V8-powered C-Class.
Benz will reportedly drop the C-Class and E-Class coupe and convertible in favor of one combined model — possibly called the CLE-Class — that will sit between the medium and large models.
This is part of Mercedes’ strategy to drop lower-volume models as the company shifts its focus to electric vehicles. Some of its smaller models are also on the chopping block, but Benz has yet to announce which ones.
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