I think it was IanD who raised this point a year or two back about the V8 and how emissions and progress with smaller engines allowing them to develop the same Power would probably be the final nail in the coffin . Well it looks like Mercedes are going down the same Avenue which is a great shame because I love the roar from the AMG V8
I did see this coming as you’ve highlighted sometime ago, the days of buying a new V8 are starting to come to an end in favour of hybrid and EV tech.
The engine in the A45 does have 416bhp which is a serious amount of power and works well in a hot hatch, but if a larger car the C63 is having the same engine and then batteries and an electric motor which also add to the weight although they mention it’ll actually weigh less than it is now. The A45 could end up being quicker especially if those batteries are depleted which would be a bit embarrassing.
I think they should use the inline 6 instead for the C63, using an engine from the A45 won’t make it feel as special.