We should always have seen this coming. Appears rumors about the way forward for the four-cylinder hybrid powertrain within the C 63 S E Efficiency and the six-cylinder hybrid coming within the E 63 S E Efficiency are making extra noise than both engine creates by itself. Earlier this month, Automotive and Driver contributor Georg Kacher credited two insider sources for information that AMG may put V8 powertrains again within the AMG C 63 and AMG E 63 as quickly as 2026. In reply to that, German publication Auto, Motor und Sport (translated) referred to as its insider sources at AMG. The outlet mentioned it “encountered a basic shaking of heads” and the reply, “That is pure nonsense.” The conclusion was: “The rumors that the V8 is making a comeback within the AMG C and E class are merely unsuitable.”
Clearly, we on the surface do not know what is going on to occur. Additionally it is apparent, although, that carmakers do not wish to give away data on future product. Our personal sources at AMG would wish exhaustive convincing simply to substantiate the day of the week, to say nothing of future product particulars.
Since this can be a battle of competing, nameless insiders, all we will do is ruminate whereas we wait. Two days after the C/D article ran, the German weblog MP Ardour (translated) ran a chunk titled, “Is the C 63 S E Efficiency from Affalterbach a sluggish vendor?” In line with that web site’s nameless insider sources in gross sales “unfold throughout Germany … the demand for the C 63 S E-Efficiency quantities to … near zero.” MB Ardour’s canaries say the sedan does not ship the luxurious it claims and it is priced out of bounds in that nation. Over there, the 671-horsepower C 63 S E Efficiency begins simply shy of €115,000, the 503-hp, all-wheel drive BMW M3 Competitors begins at simply over €100,000. Not an egregious hole that top up the pay scale. However the former is a four-cylinder hybrid — maybe three soiled phrases when petrolheads are spending greater than six figures — the latter is a straight-six.
The kindest critiques of the Mercedes to date are likely to reward the technical achievement whereas questioning the location on this specific automobile, or the execution. Automotive journal mentioned, “It should not be 4 cylinders, it ought to be 4 liters … I simply need that V8 again.” Throttle Home might need greatest summed up the sentiment in MB Ardour‘s article with the assertion, “If Mercedes is concentrating on a brand new sort of purchaser, we have but to fulfill considered one of them.” Let’s have a look at what 2026 brings.