The BMW M-division and the Mercedes AMG division are tasked with designing and making the most performance-oriented BMW and Mercedes models which means that the BMW M4 and the C63 AMG are the very top-end models from their lineup.
The new 2022 BMW M4 is a relatively controversial car because it employs a rather difficult-to-swallow design, yet it seems like the controversial grille is faring a bit better than most of us expected. On the other hand, the 2022 Mercedes C63 AMG is even more controversial thanks to its 4-cylinder turbo engine.
Either way, both the M4 and the C63 are some of the most dynamic and interesting compact sedans on the market, but there are quite a few differences between them. The M4 is more of a precision tool which means that it offers a much more focused driving experience, while the C63 is more powerful and it is not as focused.
However, the C63 arguably looks nicer, and it surely offers a more high-tech interior that is also going to wow everyone. The C63 offers more space because it is available in either coupe or sedan form while the M4 comes exclusively as a coupe while the M3 is the sedan version.
2022 BMW M4 – A true BMW M car
The new M4 was revealed not that long ago, but it seems like the world is slowly embracing the highly-debated front grille design. The M4 range kicks off with the $72,000 standard Coupe M4 that offers a 3.0L M TwinPower Turbo engine, rear-wheel drive, a manual gearbox, 472hp, and 406lb-ft of torque.
If you are willing to pay an additional $3,000 you can get the BMW M4 Competition which offers the same engine, but the power is increased to 503hp and 479lb-ft of torque. The M4 Comp also gets the 8-speed M Steptronic gearbox and RWD. If you want an xDrive M4 Comp, you will have to pay an additional $5,000 for the range-topping M4 Competition xDrive.
Design-wise, the M4 looks striking and a bit in your face, especially if optioned with a more striking paint color. The interior of the M4 oozes quality and it seems to employ higher quality materials when compared to the C-Class. Space on offer is not as generous, but that is because the M4 is a strict coupe.
However, the greatest benefit the M4 has over the C63 is the engine. Even though the engine is not nearly as powerful as the one in the C63, the engine in the M4 is the engine you’d expect in an M4 while the engine in the new C63 is not.
2022 Mercedes C63 AMG – A new generation of an AMG car
We are close to finally getting a thorough look at the brand-new 2022 C63, and it’s safe to say that most people are anxious to find out what Mercedes plans on doing to save the C63 now when it does not come with a V8. It’s safe to say that most people are going to be disappointed with the engine choice, so Mercedes has to compensate.
It seems like they are going to compensate for the discontinuation of the V8 with more than 600hp, up to 650hp to be exact. Mercedes has officially confirmed that the upcoming C63 is going to offer a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo engine found in the A45, but the M139 engine is also going to be boosted by an electric motor.
The battery is likely going to be 25.4 kWh and the transmission choice is the trusty 9G-Tronic. The range-topping C63 S AMG is also going to employ an additional belt-driven starter-alternator that is going to offer even more power. 4MATIC comes as standard as well.
It seems like the new C63 should have around 600-650hp depending on the model in question. This is likely going to dwarf the M4 by quite some margin, but no one knows how entertaining a C63 AMG is going to be without a V8.
Conclusion – The BMW M4 is likely a better car
We can’t say anything for certain before the new C63 sees the light of day, but what we can say is that the M4 is better than ever. Strong criticism of prior M4 models was that they never seemed all that more special if they weren’t fully optioned out.
It’s safe to say that the new BMW M4 is a lot more attention-grabbing, especially because the exterior design is slowly growing on most people. The M4 uses a classic BMW M recipe by imploying a V6, a rear-wheel-drive platform, and the availability of a manual.
This indicates that BMW M is still firmly rooted in its approach to designing sports sedans. On the other hand, the new C63 represents a complete departure from C63 models from the past, and it’s more than likely that the new C63 is not going to be as popular as the models that came before it.
This is because the C63 is not available with a manual, it is going to be AWD exclusively and because it uses a 4-cylinder hybrid. It seems like the emissions regulations have finally been able to tame the beast from Affalterbach.
Is the 2022 Mercedes C63 more expensive than the BMW M4?
It is not yet clear as to how much the upcoming C63 is going to cost, but most estimates say that a fully equipped version should easily cross the $100,000 mark. This means that the C63 is now going to be more expensive than ever while also being more boring than ever.
A well-equipped BMW M4 can also easily cross the $100,000 mark, but the C63 is likely going to be the more expensive car.
Is the 2021 Mercedes C63 AMG better than the 2022 C63?
Many people are questioning if it makes sense to even buy the new C63 because it lost its most important party piece, a V8. This means that the outgoing C63 with its 4.0L BiTurbo V8 is soon going to increase in value if the new C63 does not impress in other areas.
As such, the current generation of the C63 is likely a better car because it offers enough power, a fairly modern interior, and exterior design, and the lovely V8.
Is Mercedes going to discontinue the V8?
It is not yet clear in which direction Mercedes is going as far as V8s are concerned, but it’s safe to say that they are slowly discontinuing it. The moment the C63 lost the V8, AMG lost an important battle which means that they now have to employ different strategies in order to sell cars.
This is likely why the new C63 is going to be a lot faster than the previous one. However, it is not looking good for the V8.