Rumour has it the days of the Mercedes-AMG V8 might not be over after all, with the engine expected to make a comeback in the C-Class and E-Class within the next three years.
We’re all aware by now that the latest generation C 63 is only available with a hybridised 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, and while it produces an impressive 500kW and 1020Nm of torque, it just isn’t the same as the former V8-powered models.
For those still unsure of the downsized powertrain, we offer you a glimmer of hope courtesy of Car and Driver as two if its independent sources say that the eight-cylinder will return to aforementioned Mercedes’ sedans in 2026.
Apparently, the C- and E-Class will only require minor bodywork changes to fit the 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged lump under the bonnet, alongside a plug-in hybrid battery and electric motor, similar to that found in the AMG GT 63 S E Performance.
We also hear word that both models will still be offered after 2028, albeit with some alterations to help them meet more strict emissions standards.
The potential return of the V8 could be Mercedes’ response to its larger-engined competitors such as the BMW M3 and M4, as well as the upcoming Audi RS5, each of which boast powerful six-cylinders.