2024 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S E Performance Is a Very Expensive, Very Powerful Four-Banger

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Here's How Much the 2024 Mercedes-AMG C 63 CostsMercedes-AMG

Four-cylinder power is slowly becoming the standard among modern Mercedes-AMG products. From the entry-level GLA and CLA-series models to the all-new Mercedes-AMG C 63 S E Performance, the hand-built, 2.0-liter AMG M139l inline-four engine is a staple among the Affalterbach-built lineup, and for good reason.

With 671 hp and 752 lb-ft of torque, the potency of such a small displacement motor is astonishing, even if it is aided by a two-speed, 201 hp electric motor on its rear axle and a 400-volt, 6.1-kWh battery pack. Plus, Mercedes-AMG has implemented its Formula 1 turbocharging technology here, using an electric motor to spin the compressor wheel before exhaust gasses reach it. Such strong power figures put the C 63 S E Performance in company with BMW's M8, even if the pricing differential is tens of thousands of dollars.

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Offered in two trim levels, Standard or Pinnacle, Mercedes announced on Wednesday that the base model version will start at $85,050 and includes Nappa leather trim, a Burmester 3D surround sound system, and a 64-color ambient lighting system. Moving up to the Pinnacle trim will run you $87,100, adding on a head-up display, additional lighting and navigation features, plus a panorama roof.


For our money, we'd opt for the base model, as it comes equipped with AMG Ride Control suspension, adaptive damping, 2.5 degrees of active rear-axle steering, and a proprietary high-performance composite brake system. AMG has even included dynamic engine mounts on the C 63 S E Performance to reduce drivetrain losses and improve comfort.

Inside the new C63, AMG sport seats upholstered in MB-Tex and microfiber are standard fare, though five different Nappa leather options are also available. Sportier, AMG performance seats can also be fitted for those driving on the aggressive side. A 12.3-inch driver display and 11.9-inch central multimedia display match up with the majority of the AMG lineup.

By size, price, and performance, AMG's direct competitors are BMW's M3 Competition and Cadillac's CT5-V Blackwing, though the power and price differences seem to grow by the year. Rated at 503 horsepower for 2024, BMW's $81,195 M3 Competition is down 168 hp— significantly less power than the Mercedes inline-four—from Munich's twin-turbocharged inline-six. As for the $87,090 Caddy, GM's commitment to V-8 power is admirable, especially when it comes in supercharged, 668 hp form.

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