• Mercedes Has a Good Reason For Only Offering A Four-Cylinder In the New C-Class

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Since last year, we’ve been getting reports that the next-generation C63 AMG will feature an inline-four. This transition marks the beginning of the end for the hand-built AMG V-8 engines that we all know and love. Needless to say, such a decision raised more than a few eyebrows. AMG’s now-former CEO, Tobias Moers, stepped down from his position a few weeks after the meeting that sealed the C63’s fate. His work with AMG is not entirely done, however, since he is now the CEO of Aston Martin. As we know the British brand has struck a deal with Mercedes to use some of its technology. This includes the AMG 4.0-liter V-8 unit, which will probably be the swan song for Affalterbach’s V-8 rumble.

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It appears the new W206 generation of the C-class will be focused on more compact packaging with regards to the powertrain.

The chief engineer for the W206, Christian Früh, explained how the use of a straight-six engine would have increased the front-end length by two inches (5.1cm) and would put more load on the front axle, thus affecting driving dynamics.
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This could mean two things. For once, this could mean that the next C63 AMG should be much sharper than the previous generations. The other thing we can deduct is that, if the AMG variant will have no more than four cylinders, the same might be true for the rest of the engine options. This would mean that even the inline-six engines will be going out of production at some point.

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Such decisions are hardly a surprise since stricter emissions require manufacturers to make decisions they don’t necessarily want to take. At the same time, the question with packaging is also being more stressed since modern cars come with substantially more tech on board than they used to back in the day. Big changes are coming in the automotive scene and some of them, for better or worse, will change the way a brand is being perceived, forever. AMG cars are known, above all else, for their character. Only time will tell, how much of it will remain, with the V-8 and inline-sixtaken out of the equation.

2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Powertrain Specifications
C 300 C 300 4MATIC
Displacement cc 1,999 1,999
Output hp 255 255
at rpm 5,800 5,800
Add. output (boost) hp 20 20
Peak torque lb-ft 295 295
at rpm 2,000-3,200 2,000-3,200
Add. torque (boost) lb-ft 148 148
Acceleration 0-60 mph s 5.9 5.9
Top speed* mph 130 130

Source: Automotive News Europe

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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