Will the price of brutal AMG models rise into the stratosphere with AMG’s electrification mindset?
We all knew it was going to happen. AMG would implement hybrid technology in their line. The AMG ONE promised that. What we didn’t expect, however, was that AMG would bring such a big change to the C-Class.
It’s not fully electric yet, but AMG has announced that the new C63 will get a significant portion of its grunt from a battery. By now you’ve seen the details. Gone is the popular V8 configuration and in its place the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder M139. It is undoubtedly a good engine in itself. But it just won’t replace the sound of a V8. What will replace the V8 grunt is a 200 hp electric motor according to Top gear.
The combination will produce a total of 600 hp. This guarantees that the C63 AMG is faster than the outgoing model. Most AMGs go this way. The GT 73e, the AMG ONE and others have promised electrification and have already delivered it. However, this is the first implementation that really changes the ethos of the car in question. The fact is, the C63 AMG just won’t be the same anymore. We know they will sell and will likely do pretty well. But with this striking shift in the AMG Paradigm, will this inherently increase the prices of old AMG models? We really believe that.
For a long time, AMGs powered by an M113 – charged or otherwise – have traditionally always been in one Buyer’s market. In addition, the next generation of V8 AMGs was even better. And that story was repeated even in the turbo era. However, when this comes to an abrupt end and someone wants a V8 rumble, one has to buy an older car.
This has given us the suspicion that the infamous Mercedes write-off may no longer be a thing. One thing is certain. We could be completely wrong when it comes to raising the prices on AMGs. But it would be an incredibly bad bet to say their prices will be below their current levels.