The 2023 Mercedes-AMG SL 63e Steps Out In The Cold

How does an 843-horsepower SL sound to you?

It seems that just like the Mercedes-AMG GT four-door coupe, the new generation Mercedes-AMG SL is also about to receive a SL 63e/SL 63 S E-Performance version. Our spy photographers caught a prototype of the next SL 63e out playing in the snow.

The 2023 Mercedes-AMG SL 63e Steps Out In The Cold Exterior Spyshots
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So, how can we tell this is no regular SL? Well, it is very hard to tell since the only difference is the charging port in the rear bumper. However, this is enough indication that we are looking at the plug-in hybrid version of the SL.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, since the GT 63S E is also very similar to the standard GT 63. The only differences are the integrated plug-in charging flap, the new fluted trapezoidal twin exhaust tailpipes, and of course, the ‘E Performance’ badges on the fenders. Expect the same changes to be offered in the SL 63e too.

The 2023 Mercedes-AMG SL 63e Steps Out In The Cold Exterior Spyshots
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As for the powertrain, Jochen Hermann, chief technical officer for Mercedes-AMG, confirmed that the new SL is also slated to get AMG’s E Performance plug-in hybrid system. This means the next SL 63e’s powertrain will combine the 4.0-liter V-8 with an electric motor powering the rear wheels. Whether or not the powertrain will deliver the same 843 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque remains to be seen. There are rumors that for the SL63e, the output will be limited to 700 horsepower, the same way there are rumors suggesting that Mercedes will offer two different power stages: the SL 63e and the SL 63 S E-Performance. No matter what, the SL 63e is going to be a lot more powerful than the SL 63 which "only" offers 577 horsepower.

We will get more details on the next SL 63e before the end of the year when the car is supposed to make its official debut.

Source: Picture credit: Carpix

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