Mercedes-Benz Prices Mercedes-AMG C 63 S E Performance Starting at $85,050

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Mercedes-Benz has officially priced its latest offering, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S E Performance, starting at $85,050 in the United States. This figure includes a mandatory $1,150 destination and delivery charge. For those interested in more technology, the Pinnacle trim is available at $87,100. The eagerly anticipated model, revealed by Mercedes-AMG in September 2022, will finally hit dealerships later this spring.

Comparatively, its primary rival, the BMW M3, comes with a starting price of $76,995. Enthusiasts may lean towards the BMW due to its larger inline-six engine, rear-wheel-drive layout, and optional six-speed manual transmission. The automatic-only M3 Competition variant is priced lower at $81,195, while the M3 Competition xDrive aligns closely with the AMG C 63 at $85,295. The previously offered limited-run M3 CS carried a hefty price tag of $119,695.

Although the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio would typically be a direct competitor, it is being discontinued in the US market. The remaining RWD-only V-6 model is priced at $83,465, but Alfa Romeo is offering a $1,750 incentive for orders placed by the end of the month, bringing the price down to $81,715. On the American front, the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing emerges as the most affordable option, starting at $62,890 with a manual gearbox.

The Audi RS5 Sportback, although technically a hatchback, also competes with the AMG C 63, boasting a price tag of $80,995.

The AMG C 63 S E Performance distinguishes itself with the world’s most powerful four-cylinder engine ever in a series production vehicle. The 2.0-liter “M139l” engine, mounted longitudinally, combines with a 201-hp electric motor to produce a combined maximum output of 671 hp and 752 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain configuration enables a swift 0 to 60 mph acceleration in just 3.3 seconds. Additional features include rear-wheel steering, composite brakes, dynamic engine mounts, adaptive damping, and a turbo-spooled second electric motor to eliminate turbo lag.

Despite the impressive specifications, questions remain about American consumers’ willingness to invest $85,000 in a four-cylinder vehicle. AMG CEO Michael Schiebe has confirmed that the return of the V-8 is unlikely, as the brand is committed to the plug-in hybrid four-cylinder setup, emphasizing its progressive nature. The upcoming E63 is also expected to transition away from the V-8 in favor of an electrified inline-six engine.


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