Next Mercedes C63 AMG to get turbo V8

The Mercedes-Benz C63 will keep its V8-power.

BMW's upcoming M3 is expected to ditch its V8 in a favor of a turbocharged in-line six, but Mercedes-Benz' next-generation AMG-tuned C-Class will retain its bent-eight - at least for the near-term.

That V8, however, will be a much different animal than the 6.2L mill currently employed by the C63 AMG. Rather than relying on sheer displacement for huge power numbers, the next C63 will move to a smaller engine with forced induction.

According to Autocar, the new C63 will be motivated by a twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8. No power performance figures were given, but the C63 should at least match the M3's expected 450 horsepower output.

The all-new C63 will initially be paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission, but that unit will eventually be replaced by a nine-speed auto. That update is expected to occur when the C-Class is given a mid-cycle update in 2017.

Mercedes-Benz will reportedly add an in-line six-cylinder to the C-Class lineup that year, but it remains unknown if a turbocharged version of that motor will replace the boosted V8 for the AMG model.

Global markets will have access to a rear-wheel drive C63 AMG but, following Mercedes' latest trend, the sports sedan will likely be offered exclusively with all-wheel drive in the United States.

Mercedes' new 2015 C-Class will make its global debut at the 2014 Detroit auto show, with the AMG version to follow 12-18 months later.

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