The performance version of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class just got more serious than ever.

While it’s always been a desirable, luxurious, and powerful luxury performance car, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S E PERFORMANCE completely changes its approach to performance with a new powertrain that uses half as many cylinders but produces more power than the model has ever seen before. The new car retires the predecessor’s twin-turbocharged V8 engine and instead opts for a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with electric motors for a hybrid setup, but by no means is that 4-cylinder engine sluggish.

Good for as much as 476 horsepower on its own, the longitudinally-installed engine is a version of the famous M139 four-cylinder engine that yet again reaffirms its title as the world’s most powerful 4-cylinder engine in a roadgoing production car with an incredible 238 horsepower per liter. Of course, this incredible number comes even before the electric system is accounted for.

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The electric motor at the rear axle is capable of 204 horsepower, and with an electrically-shifted two-speed gearbox it joins with the engine to create what is known as a P3 hybrid system. With a total system output of an incredible 680 horsepower along with a total system torque of over 752 lb/ft, the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 S E PERFORMANCE is clever, smart, and unprecedentedly powerful.

That power is delivered with incredible intelligence thanks to AMG Performance 4MATIC+ and rear-axle steering, as well as the AMG Ride Control suspension with Active Damping seen previously in the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series. Also featured is the electric exhaust gas turbocharger, which uses F1-derived technology to cleverly combat turbo lag and deliver an uncompromised driving experience. With a 0-60 time under 3.4 seconds, a luxurious, yet performance-oriented interior, and a MBUX system tailored to the hybrid powertrain, the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 S E PERFORMANCE is driving into a new chapter for AMG, faster than ever before.

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Source: Mercedes-Benz