Heavily disguised prototypes for the next-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class are already out in testing, so it’s not unreasonable to assume engineers are also working on the eventual high-performance AMG variant.
Today we have spy shots of what’s tipped to be the next C 63 AMG, which should join the rest of the new C-Class range in showrooms in late 2014 or early the following year. The biggest change is that the next C 63 AMG will swap the current 6.3-liter naturally aspirated V8 for a new twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8, like the one used by basically the whole AMG family.
The M157 displaces exactly 5461cc with a bore of 98 mm and stroke of 90.5 mm. There are currently four states of output for this engine. In the E 63 AMG and CLS 63 AMG, this means 525 hp in base configuration, which is what the C 63 AMG will likely make now.
As we are still in the very early stages of development many of the details may change as we approach the car’s debut in late 2014, so stay tuned for updates.
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