The next-generation W206 Mercedes-AMG C 63 is tipped to get an all-wheel drive system system as standard, marking the end of the high-performance, rear-wheel drive compact executive sedan model. However, Top Gear reports that it might get the E 63 s’ AMG Performance 4Matic+ system with Drift mode.

Drift mode is activated by switching the drive mode into Race, provided that ESP is deactivated and the transmission is in manual mode. When engaged, the system decouples the front driveshafts, effectively making it a rear-wheel drive car.

Beyond that, the new C 63 is expected to use the existing 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 engine, albeit fettled to produce more power. The top C 63 s is rumoured to make around 550 hp, and together with the automaker’s multi-clutch transmission should allow a century sprint time of under four seconds.


AMG’s hand-built 4.0L V8 engine will probably not be electrified, for now

So far, there hasn’t been talks about electrifying the AMG V8 models, although lesser variants are likely to get some form of electric aid. The C 53, for example, could receive the new M256 3.0 litre inline-six petrol engine that’s shared with the CLS 53, E 53 Coupe and E 53 Cabriolet.

The 53s are augmented by a 48-volt mild hybrid system and EQ Boost starter-alternator, the latter offering an additional 22 hp and 250 Nm. Combined, the hybrid system makes 435 hp and 520 Nm of torque, which is more than what the 3.0 twin-turbo V6 found in the C 43 facelift (385 hp, 520 Nm). Alternatively, Mercedes could also offer a non-AMG C 450, leaving two AMG-badged variants – C 53 and C 63 – to top the range.