The 2023 AMG C63 tests a 4-cylinder engine at the Nürburgring

The 2023 AMG C63 could be the biggest change ever to the model thanks to an all-new hybrid drivetrain. The familiar Mercedes-AMG V8 is gone and in its place you’ll find a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine complemented by an intelligent hybrid system. Mercedes-AMG is serious about this next-generation 2023 AMG C63 and was recently caught testing a camouflaged prototype at the Nürburgring.

The 2023 AMG C63 ushers in a new era for the Mercedes-AMG team that relied on big-bore V8s for its C63 sports sedan. This new model will rely on a streamlined design consisting of a longitudinally mounted version of the M139 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four found in the CLA45 and a rear-mounted electric motor.

The 2023 AMG C63’s M139 Inline-4 will use an electric turbocharger setup, which replaces the conventional CLA45 setup. This unique e-turbo completely eliminates turbo lag and improves response over conventional setups. The rear-mounted electric motor supports the boosted inline 4-cylinder and has its own bespoke 2-speed transmission for better high-speed performance.

The combined power of this advanced powertrain is said to be over 500 horsepower (372 kilowatts), but Mercedes-AMG has not confirmed the final figures. We expect this new 2023 AMG C63 to at least match the old car, which topped out at 503 horsepower with its simpler 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine.

The new 2023 AMG C63 uses the latest Formula 1 motorsport technologies to improve performance and reduce emissions, which is very exciting for racing fans. Of course, the older 4.0-litre V8 from the previous car will always hold a special place in Mercedes-AMG history, however, the brand chose to adapt in order to survive.

We expect to see the production-ready 2023 AMG C63 later this year, where we’ll get a first look at the future of German high-powered sports sedans. This Nürburgring-proven sports sedan may have a radical drivetrain, but we expect some of that familiar Mercedes-AMG flair to remain.

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