How will BMW respond?
The Mercedes-AMG C63 Sedan remains the biggest rival for the BMW M3, although the latter is all-new. But have zero doubt the folks at Affalterbach are paying extremely close attention to Munich's latest high-performance luxury sedan, which has long been considered the segment's benchmark. How can AMG outdo the M3 when the C63 is due for a complete redesign? Rewrite the rules.
According to Autocar, the 2022 Mercedes-AMG C63 will indeed ditch the V8 engine, a fact we learned exactly one year ago. The latest M3, just to note, features a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six. However, the 2022 AMG C63 won't replace its V8 with a six-cylinder, but rather an electrified version of the automaker's new turbocharged 2.0-liter M139 engine. Yes, this means the next C63 will be a four-cylinder, but don't think for a moment it won't deliver the goods.
As a reminder, the engine can produce 416 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque without any electrical assistance. It's also already been tuned for longitudinal mounting and a mild-hybrid electrical assist system. The engine will utilize a 48-volt integrated starter motor similar to the one currently found in the CLS 53 4Matic+, as well as other AMG vehicles. This gear-mounted motor alone is capable of producing 22 hp and 184 lb-ft of electric boost. All told, expect the next AMG C63 to exceed the output of the current car's maximum of 503 hp and 516 lb-ft.
But again, most of this information isn't exactly new. So what is? For starters, the new model's powerplant's weight is concentrated lower, meaning a lower center of gravity which will further improve overall agility and driver control.
Also, AMG is working on a new four-wheel-drive system which, like the M3, will give the C63 rear-wheel-drive-like characteristics in specific driving modes. AMG already has experience with a similar system in the latest E63. This new system is very important for AMG because it'll be used in all next-generation AMG models, meaning no more pure RWD AMGs.
And then there's this piece of information: the next C63's powertrain setup direct utilizes some engineering lessons learned from the still delayed all-new hypercar, Mercedes-AMG One. Although specific details remain under lock and key, the fact that the new C63 has at least some hypercar engineering is a bragging right BMW can't make.