Mercedes-Benz AMG’s boss Tobias Möers has confirmed that the next generation Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG will be a hybrid car, and it may offer AWD.
This is part of a growing trend towards the discontinuation of conventional gasoline-powered cars, and is also taking the performance car arena by storm. Several states and countries have also pledged to ban them by a certain date. The Swedish automaker Volvo, as well as other car brands have pledged to discontinue gas-powered cars as well.
The current 2018 C63 AMG S Coupe offers up to 510 HP (375 kW) in the 4.0L V8 biturbo variant, along with an alternate 476 HP (350 kW) variant. The 2018 C63 AMG S Coupe (and the Saloon) can accelerate to a maximum speed of 290 km/h (180 mph). The torque output is an impressive 700 and 600 Newton-metres of torque respectively (516 lb-feet and 442 lb-feet).
While that is impressive for a gasoline-powered car, electric cars achieve that very easily, and without a fancy transmission. For example, the Tesla P100D with Ludicrous Plus generates 920 lb-feet of torque (1,247 Newton-metres) at 588 HP. This is why Tesla cars are near-impossible to beat! Even the $2.99M, 1,500 HP Bugatti Chiron can’t keep up.
That torque-to-weight ratio (1.56 lb-feet per HP) is not even the best that electric motors can do (the 510 HP C63 AMG coupe can generate 1.01 lb-feet/HP). If they make an all-electric version, it should help them to keep up with Tesla, as gas-powered cars are starting to fall behind from a performance standpoint.
Images obtained with thanks from Daimler.