MERCEDES-AMG is known around the world for making cars go fast, usually with a raucous V8 or V12 engine.
The Mercedes-AMG C 63 has long been associated with V8 power, but it's all-change as Mercedes is forced to go Green.
However, while a V8 rumble is no longer a thing, don't go thinking the AMG C 63 has lost its punch.
Not only is this new model the quickest C 63 ever, it also has the world's most powerful 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine.
That petrol engine, combined with a powerful F1-tech battery and electric motor, makes an incredible 680hp – more than many supercars.
Despite the C 63 now weighing 2.1 tonnes, that allows 0-62mph in just 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 174mph with the right options ticked.
Handily, upgraded AMG composite brakes come as standard to help you scrub off speed just as quickly.
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All that power reaches the road via a nine-speed automatic gearbox and clever all-wheel drive which can be told to send more power to the rear wheels in Drift Mode.
The list of tech that has been fitted to make sure the C 63 as quick around corners as it is in a straight line is mind-boggling.
There are now EIGHT drive mode settings that alter things like adaptive dampers, rear-wheel steering, the steering feel, throttle response and how savage the gearbox is.
These settings also decide the blend of petrol and electric driving – although the new C 63 can only be driven up to 8 miles on electricity alone, as the focus is on electricity helping the engine produce more power.
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You'll be able to charge the C 63's F1-tech battery via cable at home or out and about.
Now known as the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S E Performance, this powerful plug-in hybrid is being offered as a saloon or estate.
The standard Mercedes C-Class has been given a beefed-up design to become the C 63, with bulging arches, more aggressive front and rear bumper designs and larger alloy wheels.
Inside you'll find figure-hugging sports seats, an AMG multifunction sports steering wheel and Merc's latest twin-screen digital dial and infotainment system.
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There are no confirmed size figures, but the estate C 63 will offer a more practical boot for those who need it.
Mercedes is also yet to confirm prices for the new C 63, but its supercar power will probably come with a supercar price.
Expect prices to start north of £80,000 and continue well beyond £100,000 once a few option boxes are ticked.
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