The upcoming Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG will have a 4-cylinder hybrid engine
Times change, the priority and the requests of the market evolve. And the houses, of course, are moving in the direction dictated by the demand.
In the last period, as is known, the preferred direction of the builders is electrification from the range.
This is accomplished through the output of various models electrical or hybridseven in versions of the whole unpredictable.
This is the case, for example, of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG.
In all likelihood, in fact, the German sports sedan will abandon the now iconic V8 to gas and the traction rearto hug a new plug-in hybrid powertrain and the four-wheel drive.
But first, some history… Where does AMG come from?
The fact that Mercedes has decided to produce the first hybrid AMG plug-in on the basis of its compact sedan is particularly significant. Let’s take a step back into the history by AMG.
Up to end of the 80s, AMG was only a company of elaborations based on Mercedes-Benz without a involvement directed by the Casa della Stella.
It made itself known already in years ‘70with victories in the touring championships with a Mercedes 300 SEL 6.9 amended ad Affalterbach, the city where the company is based.
With theirs “Rote Sau”, or “Red pig”, AMG won its category in the 24 hours from Spa, and in the following years he continued to harvest successes in competition.
At the same time, they were busy building modified versions and definitely vitaminized sedans from the Starwith a construction purely artisanal.
Only in 1990after two years of collaboration with Mercedes on the competition fields of DTM, where the now former computer was in charge of Mercedes 190 DTMMercedes absorbs AMG, and the Affalterbach House specializes in the production of vitaminized versions of the German sedans.
The C36 AMG, the first anti-M3 Mercedes
The first to be passed under the hands of AMG was precisely the Class C W202, produced by 1993 and the first compact sedan to take the C-Class name.
Thus was born the Mercedes C36 AMGthe first attempt at a “counterattack” against the queen of sports sedans of the time, the BMW M3 E36.
The engine is derived from the 2.8-liter straight-six of the C280. After passing under the skilled hands of AMG, the displacement grows to 3600 cm³ with a power of 280 CV, done to but no by one man.
Contrary to today, moreover, Mercedes not had designed from the components ad hoc for use on vitaminized versions.
Components taken from the most powerful Mercedes are then reused.
Because of this, the crankshaft and of S350 Turbodieselmuch more robust, and the exchange is the automatic to 4 gears derived from the largest S classslow but capable of withstanding the power.
The other AMG C-Classes: in the name of V8
After this first imperfect attempt (the C36, in fact, was very reliable and versatile, but not exactly a track weapon), Mercedes decided to introduce a technical feature What will be trait d’union with among the various AMGs: the use of a V8 engine.
Already the same C-Class W202 received the version during its “life” 55 AMGequipped with a 347 hp V8.
There W203, version produced from 2000 to 2007, escapes partly to this rule.
They were indeed three the versions “by AMG”Of this sedan.
The first was there C32equipped with a 3.2 V6 with volumetric compressor from 354 CV.
Subsequently, came the C55 AMGendowed, finally, with a beautiful V8 aspirated with 367CVcommon to many AMGs such as SLK, CLK and others.
The last, and most unknown, is there first and (for now) unique AMG to diesel fuel.
This is the C30 CDI AMGequipped with a 5-cylinder 3.0 turbodiesel from 231 CVderived from the famous 2.7 of the C270 CDI.
This attempt “outside the box“Produced a very good engine it deserves more consideration, absurd traffic blocks allowing …
We then come to the most iconic AMG C-Class, namely the C63 AMG of the series W204, produced by 2007 to the 2014.
They were equipped with the fantastic motor V8 M156 from 6.2 liters aspirateda fantastic engine, with incredible performance and a unique, evil and threatening sound, with a red zone at more than 7000 rpm.
His 457 CV (also reached 517 in the Performance versions) were more than enough to make the C63 a real one European muscle car.
Thanks to rear-wheel Drive and ai 600 Nm of torque, cornering if she knew how to tame it was a real one beast rare.
The current Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG: the swan song of the V8?
Thus we arrive at the current C63 AMG.
Here the number in the name no longer remembers the displacement, but given the goodness of the engine, you can also forgive it.
We are in fact facing the 4.0 V8 biturbo M177 from 469 And 503 CV (the most powerful exclusive of the S version), directly derivative from the supercar of the House, the Mercedes-AMG GT.
This engine led to the segment of high-performance sedans one characteristic Interesting: i two turboin fact, they are positioned inside of of the V of the engine, so from to limit at least the turbo lag.
This stratagem was later used by other competitors after her, such as the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.
It’s a motor splendidthat lose the urge to turn high and part of the sound of the predecessor, but adds a couple it’s a badness almost impossible to find in the segment now converted to most little ones And light V6.
For the first time, however, one is making its debut in this C-Class series AMG “Light“, The C43 AMG.
This new version comes with a V6 biturbo 3.0 with 390 hp.
This engine is also the first a not to be built to but nobut it is a “mass” Mercedes engine modified by AMG technicians.
Will the next Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG be 4-cylinder hybrid?
This brings us to the next generation, waiting for next year.
The current C-Class series is now at the end of its industrial life.
Both Audi and, above all, BMW presented the new versions of their midsize sedans, the A4 and the 3 Series.
We still know little about the “normal” versions, while interesting news arrives on the next AMG of the Stuttgart average.
In all likelihood, the next Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG will drop out the “his” V8to adopt a new plug-in hybrid powertrain.
It will in fact be a 2.0 4-cylinder turbocharger to push the next average AMG, coupled with a system of traction whole wheat and to one hybrid part Rather thrust.
The 2.0 chosen will undoubtedly be the engine M139 that we have known about the latest A45 And CLA45 AMG.
This engine is capable of 387 PS in the variant “base” And 421 in version S..
These numbers, combined with the amazing ones 211 hp / litermake it already the The world’s most powerful 4-cylinder series.
It has also been leaked that the 421 hp could be safely exceeded from the version “base”Of the next C63 AMG.
Confirmations from this point of view come from CEO from AMG, Tobias Möerswhich he has repeated on several occasions the intention from use this powertrain.
“We have to be creative: we are chasing the maximum performance, and these not I am related to the number of cylinders“He said a few months ago.
Furthermore, in September, Möers practically threw off the mask.
During the presentation of the new A45 and CLA 45 AMG in Frankfurt, in fact, he said: “Expect to see a version still more powerful from this engine on the next one Class C. AMG“.
In support of this thesis, several German sites report rumors that speak of a “basic” version of the C63 with 476 hp, or 7 more compared to the current V8, and an S version that will go to equal the 503 CV of today’s S.
As part hybrid, it will take advantage of an updated version of the system hybrid a 48V taken from the CLS and GT-4 door 53 AMG.
These two cars pair up with the new 6 cylinders in line biturbo from 435 CV a electric motor from 22 CV and well 250 Nm of couple.
Even the system from four-wheel drive will be similar to that of a current Mercedes-Benz, the E63 AMGwhich has a system from four-wheel drive to variable distribution And adjustable by the pilot, who will allow, despite the absence of “pure” rear-wheel drive, to do numbers like this.
Is technological progress always good? It is certainly inevitable
For our part, we think it is a change no doubt painful.
“Do out”An engine as glorious as the V8 Mercedesin all its forms, it does bad to all passionatenot just those of the Star.
It is however a step necessaryif we want the emotions that arouses us a motor thermal remain as much as present progress in technology.
The new ones hybrid powertrain require quite a lot of spaceand many Houses for this reason are progressively eliminating the engines more bulky to make room for electrical components.
Bad or not, we’ll have tohabit: I am necessary changes and inevitablewhich can lead to the survival of ours loved ones engines thermal.
AND you? What do you think? You are favorable or opposites to more and more ample use of powertrain hybrids?