If the heart and soul of the Mercedes-AMG C63 is its engine, then we totally understand if you think the decision to rip out the V8 means the end of the road. Say a prayer, say your goodbyes, the C63 is dead.

But hang on a second, because the world is changing the new C63 has a 2.0l petrol turbo engine up front and an electric motor on the rear axle. One that’s quieter, cleaner, better for the planet. Not convinced? Ok, well how about if I tell you it’s now more dynamic than ever, able to tackle mountain passes like a Porsche 911, willing to hug corners on a racetrack without making you feel like the back end is going to let go at any moment and at the same time more civilised on the daily drive than ever?..

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