• Supercharged M156 V8 versus tuned M157 twin turbo V8 - Weistec Stage II tuned W204 C63 AMG versus Renntech W212 E63 AMG

      Two different AMG motors here with different philosophies at play. The M156 in the previous generation 63 AMG models should be well known to everyone by now coming in naturally aspirated form with a displacement of 6.2 liters and revving to 7200 rpm. The M157 V8 is the new breed of motor from AMG going down in size to 'only' 5.5 liters and adding direct fuel injection as well as two turbochargers. This is a battle of the previous generation motor 63 AMG motor versus the current generation 63 AMG motor.

      The M157 of course benefits from already having forced induction from the factory. It is a smaller motor though that revs to a lower 6500 rpm. The M156 as a virtue of starting in naturally aspirated form has the better flowing heads and the better valvetrain and cams for top end breathing. A little bit of boost goes a long way on a motor that starts with high volumetric efficiency.

      The C63 features the Weistec Stage II blower which means a 2.3 liter unit and not the larger 3.0. The video unfortunately does not offer the greatest perspective but it is fairly clear to see the C63 pulls the E63 up top. Impressive considering this Renntech tuned E63 has been beating up on all kinds of fast cars. The C63 of course is lighter (not by much) but it shows what the platform is capable of.

      Tuning an M156 motor is more expensive but ultimately this is the superior power platform. Why? Larger motor, higher revving, and no direct injection fuel limitations. It does take quite a bit more money but considering cars with the motor are now cheaper to acquire with an M156 than those with an M157 value is currently in the M156's favor unless one goes by tune only performance.

      Regardless, these are two impressive AMG engines that are only going to get better as the tuning for them continues to evolve.

      This article was originally published in forum thread: Supercharged M156 V8 versus tuned M157 twin turbo V8 - Weistec Stage II tuned W204 C63 AMG versus Renntech W212 E63 AMG started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 3 Comments
      1. George Smooth's Avatar
        George Smooth -
        Proof what a better power curve can do. The M157 drops off pretty fast in the high revs and if I am not mistaken you got to let it auto shift at redline.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        The M157 does drop off. The M156 curve is much flatter especially when supercharged.

        I'm the kind of guy that would take the M156/M159 over the M157 but that's me.
      1. cturbos's Avatar
        cturbos -
        This makes me HappyClick here to enlarge