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2024 Mercedes-AMG C63 S E Performance Is Ready to Rumble... Literally

Don't let its four-cylinder powertrain fool you, the new C63 is a serious machine in the vein of every iteration before it.

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Andrew Krok
Cars are Andrew's jam, as is strawberry. After spending years as a regular ol' car fanatic, he started working his way through the echelons of the automotive industry, starting out as social-media director of a small European-focused garage outside of Chicago. From there, he moved to the editorial side, penning several written features in Total 911 Magazine before becoming a full-time auto writer, first for a local Chicago outlet and then for CNET Cars.
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To help soften the blow of the V8's demise, Mercedes-AMG shoved an absolute ton of power into the new C63.

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The 2.0-liter I4 under the hood produces 476 horsepower and 402 pound-feet of torque on its own, making it the most powerful I4 you can buy, and it's not much less than the last C63 made with double the displacement.

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But once you include the electric motor mounted at the rear axle, net output jumps to a prodigious 680 hp and 752 lb.-ft. 

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And thanks to a whole host of complicated mechanicals, both methods of propulsion can provide motive force to both axles. It's some wild stuff.

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A good deal of the C63's battery development came from the efforts of Mercedes' in-house Formula 1 team, which engineered the electric side with lightning-fast delivery and recuperation in mind. 

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In its strongest setting, it'll handle up to 100 kW of regeneration, a properly nutty number that should keep the battery topped off during on-track driving.  

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Every straightaway is met with impressive and immediate thrust as the battery discharges as quickly as it can, accelerating better than any C63 I've driven before, as the four-cylinder howls its way up the tachometer.

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Previous iterations of the C63 had mega handling chops, and the new one is no exception.

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The standard adaptive suspension does an excellent job keeping pitch and roll under control.

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Keep scrolling to check out even more pictures of the 2024 Mercedes-AMG C63 S E Performance.

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