Mercedes-AMG has unveiled the C 63 S E Performance, a 500 kW plug-in hybrid offshoot of the C-Class with know-how from Formula 1, which will be launched as a saloon and estate, but the development of the electric part of the powertrain was clearly focused on boosting performance.
What is new for the AMG version of a C-Class, however, is the combustion engine part of the PHEV: instead of the four-litre V8 turbo, a two-litre four-cylinder with 350 kW is installed under the front bonnet - as with the combustion engine variants of the C-Class to be unveiled in February 2021, there are no longer any six- or eight-cylinder models. Incidentally, the "civilian" PHEV models of the C-Class can travel up to 100 kilometres and can also be charged with up to 55 kW DC - with the AMG version, only 3.7 kW AC is possible with the small battery.
The C-Class had to be heavily modified to accommodate AMG's elaborate PHEV powertrain in a P3 configuration. The front end is 50 millimeters longer, and the front fenders are wider. Overall, the sedan and wagon are 8.3 centimeters longer and 7.6 centimeters wider, thanks primarily to the wider track on the front axle. But the wheelbase has also grown by one centimeter.