We’ve known for quite a while now that the new generation Mercedes-AMG C63, if they stick with that name that is, will go down the hybrid route.
New Mercedes-AMG C63: AMG Goes ELECTRIC with 640hp Mega Hybrid
We have also suspected that it might use the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the A45 S with some electric assistance. Now, former Top Gear co-presenter, Rory Reid, claims to have taken a peak at the powertrain, confirming the aforementioned set-up.
On top of that, the journo states that the internal combustionn engine (ICE) won’t use regular turbos, but electric ones, inspired by the company’s F1 car, and it should produce at least 422 PS (416 HP / 310 kW). Add the electric assistance, which is expected with over 200 PS (197 HP / 147 kW) on its own, and you could be looking at a peak output of 640 PS (631 HP / 471 kW) for short periods of time, for a 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) estimated at 3.7 seconds.
Hybrid V8s to power GT and E-Class AMGs
A hybridized V8 will power the upcoming range-topping variants of the GT 4-Door and E-Class, and likely the next two-door GT. Reid states that they might offer a combined 815 PS (804 HP / 599 kW) and 1,000 Nm (738 lb-ft) of torque, albeit for a few seconds in order to preserve the hybrid assembly. The 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint is estimated to take less than 3 seconds.
A small battery, supposedly with a 6.1 kWh capacity, weighing 89 kg (196 lbs), could power the motor. It will be mounted at the rear, together with the electric motor, gearbox and other components for optimum weight distribution.
What’s even more interesting is that the new hybrid construction will reportedly allow both the ICE and the electric motor to send up to 100 percent of the thrust to the front or rear wheels, as needed. It is quite possible that they will throw in a Drift mode into the mix too.
On a final note, Reid states that besides the EQS, the AMG EV range will also include the C43 and C53 models, with dual-motor set-ups and 0 to 62 mph (0-100 km/h) in under 4 seconds.