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It’s official: the new Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG will get the engine from the AMG GT supercar, and develop 510bhp. Woohoo!

In a statement confirming what many of us kind of expected, AMG boss Tobias Moers said the new car would again use a V8, and it’s all thanks to AMG’s hardcore base.

“It goes without saying that the successor to the current C63 AMG will again be powered by an eight-cylinder engine,” Moers said. “We owe that to our loyal fans, plain and simple.” Good.

So, it’s a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 unit, developing that headline 510bhp and a whopping 516lb ft of torque, based on the same engine used in the upcoming AMG GT S supercar. Which means it’ll use the same turbo arrangement, where the turbochargers are placed inside the ‘V’ of the cylinders rather than outside. Unsurprisingly, AMG calls it ‘hot inside V’.

That headline power figure also makes it nearly as powerful as the most powerful C63 ever built, the 517bhp C63 Black Series (pictured above). A Clarkson favourite. We can only begin to imagine how much power the next C63 Black will feature if this one’s got 510 horsepowers.

Clarkson: head to head in the C63 AMG Black and BMW M3 GTS

Tobias also notes how this engine will achieve “absolute best economy in the comparative segment”, returning 34.6mpg. That’s not bad for a bloody fire-breathing V8 super saloon, though good luck getting that if you actually buy one.

Mercedes has also confirmed that the new C63 will be offered in both saloon and estate variants, again, as expected, and “will shortly celebrate its world premiere”.

Stay tuned…

Flat out in the brand new Mercedes AMG GT S supercar

Note: just to reiterate, the picture above is NOT the new C63, because we haven’t seen it yet. It’s a picture of the old C63 Black. In a wall of tyre smoke. Having the time of its life, presumably. Please comment responsibly

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