In a dramatic change of long-term plans, latest reports suggest that Mercedes will bring the V8 back to the C and E-Class AMG from 2026 onwards.
The once-mighty AMG C63, known for its thunderous V8 has now inherited a hybridized turbo-four engine, and the upcoming top-of-the-line E63 will settle for an inline-six plug-in-hybrid setup. While the powertrain provides impressive combined outputs, the news left enthusiasts far from thrilled. Some argue that the downsized powertrains may not be sufficient to compete with the BMW M3, boasting a twin-turbo inline-six, and the future BMW M5, rumored to have a hybrid twin-turbo V-8.
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In the corner of Audi, the RS5 and RS7 have both adopted on a V-6 hybrid engine however, a potential lifeline for AMG enthusiasts has emerged. According to two reliable sources reported by Car and Driver, the M177 4,0-liter V-8 engine is set to make a comeback in the C and E-Class AMG models by 2026, after being modified to meet EU7 emissions standards. This powerful engine is already utilized in the AMG GT63 S E Performance and AMG S63, both equipped with hybrid setups.
Fortunately for fans, incorporating the twin-turbo powerplant, PHEV battery, electric motor, and auxiliary equipment into the C and E-Class appears to be a feasible task with only minor bodywork adjustments required. As these models are being evaluated for life-cycle extension beyond 2028, it seems that the hardcore AMG versions will continue production well into the next decade. The eagerly anticipated 2024 Mercedes AMG S 63 E Performance is another step in the evolving landscape of high-performance luxury vehicles.
If this does emerge as the truth, it would refute Mercedes’ intentions to continue downsizing ahead of European mandates for electrification. Is it a smart move?