Rumours coming out of Germany suggest that the next-generation Mercedes-AMG C 63 will ditch the stupendous 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 in favour of a 2.0-litre turbo with only half the number of cylinders. While this might be seen as a blow because the big V8 roars with a unique and impressive sound, the company will be lauded for its solution.

Not only is the 2.0-litre to replace the V8, but it will also work in tandem with a 48V battery system that will create a total output of over 375kW, which is where the current C 63 S is in power terms. Add to that will be the 4Matic all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, another first for the C 63. Essentially all this will make the car a mild hybrid, the only one in the segment.

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