The range-topping, AMG-prepped S-Class is going hybrid, but it will be the most powerful ever made

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The 2022 Mercedes-AMG S 63e is an upcoming, high-performance version of the company’s full-size sedan. Just like its predecessor, the AMG S 63, the 2022 AMG S 63 e will be heavily based on the regular model.

However, the new high-performance sedan will feature a hybrid drivetrain instead of an all-gasoline powertrain. So not only it will be more powerful, but it will also return better fuel economy and will boast some sort of all-electric range. Let’s find out more about that in the speculative review below.

Exterior

  • Almost identical to regular S-Class
  • Sporty Panamericana grille
  • Unique front bumper trim
  • Exclusive, lightweight wheels
  • Lowered ride height
  • Quad exhaust layout
  • AMG badges
2022 Mercedes-AMG S 63 e Exterior Spyshots
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Mercedes-Benz unveiled the W223-generation S-Class in 2020 and the regular model is enough to get an idea about the AMG’s exterior design. Just like in the past, the AMG version won’t look very different, with only some small details setting it apart from the standard sedan. What’s more, the current S-Class is actually very similar to the old model.

Up front, the AMG will sport a new that’s wider and features a thinner chrome frame. The spy shots suggest that the regular S-Class grille with horizontal blades will be replaced by a sportier unit with both horizontal and vertical slats and a big Mercedes star in the center. This grille looks a lot like the Panamericana element offered on smaller AMG models, which is great news. The grille will be flanked by thinner and longer headlamps that extend from the upper corners of the radiator all the way into the front fenders. The front bumper will retain the traditional A-shaped vent layout, but the AMG model will probably ditch the winglets in the side vents. It could also feature different trim, even though Mercedes-Benz likes to stick to chrome on AMG models as well.

2022 Mercedes-AMG S 63 e Exterior Spyshots
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The AMG badge won’t alter the standard sedan’s clean profile. Fortunately, the arched beltline and somewhat muscular wheel arches, both inspired by the CLS, will prevent it from looking too mild. Don’t look for sportier side skirts, but the AMG S 63 e will ride lower than usual and will be fitted with lighter, multi-spoke wheels.

Spy shots show that the rear fascia of the AMG model will be identical to the standard S-Class save for the quad exhaust layout. Instead of one rectangular outlet on each side, the AMG will feature two pairs of square pipes, a traditional look for AMG variants. Everything else will remain the same, including the new taillights in a two-piece design and a smaller license plate recess that mimics the shape of the front grille.

Interior

  • Almost identical to regular S-Class
  • Sportier seats
  • Unique trim
  • Carbon-fiber elements
  • Bespoke instrument cluster
  • Not as comfortable due to sportier suspension
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Interior
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We don’t have spy shots of the interior yet, but the cabin isn’t much of a mystery. Like its predecessor, the AMG model will be a regular S-Class with some extra features. The W222 generation was fully modernized, so the AMG S 63 e will feature the same clean dashboard and button-free center stack that incorporates a massive, tablet-like screen. The round A/C vents at the corners of the dash were replaced by thin, vertical outlets with a more stylish look, while the vents in the center stack were moved atop the dashboard. The 12.8-inch screen below will provide access to the second-generation MBUX infotainment system.

The already capable system has been upgraded to make the S-Class more digital and intelligent. There’s better augmented reality content and a new Active Distance Assist that displays images at a distance of 32 feet in front of the steering wheel. The instrument cluster is also fully digital thanks to a free-standing display that measures 12.3 inches. While not necessarily larger than the previous unit, it now incorporates state-of-the-art tech, including face recognition, biometric authentication, drowsiness detection, and monitoring of the head and eyelids. It can also be upgraded with two integrated cameras that scan the eyes and adapt the image to the way you move in the seat.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Interior
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The display is customizable through a host of different modes, but the AMG model will probably get an additional Sport+ version that focuses on performance. It will also feature an AMG steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara and fitted with bespoke controls, as well as different trim on the dashboard.

The regular S-Class comes with new front seats that are highly adjustable thanks to 19 motors for movement in all directions, but they’re also equipped with 10 massage functions. The AMG will feature a pair of sports seats instead, so it remains to be seen if these will be as adjustable and comfortable. In the back, you should be able to choose between two individual seats or the more traditional bench option.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Interior
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The rear section will also be connected to the car’s advanced infotainment system. The AMG S 63 e will come standard with a 12.8-inch central display, plus a pair of optional 11.6-inch screens, one for each seat. Additionally, you will be able to add a seven-inch MBUX rear tablet with USB charging, WLAN, and Bluetooth capability.

Drivetrain

  • Retains the 4.0-liter V-8
  • Gains electric motor
  • Output of around 700 horsepower
  • Torque at more than 800 pound-feet
  • 0 to 60 mph in around 3.2 seconds
  • Top speed at 155 mph
  • Automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • Sportier suspension
  • Rear-wheel steering
2022 Mercedes-AMG S 63 e Exterior Spyshots
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This is where the AMG S 63 e will be notably different than its predecessor.

While the old model featured a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine, the new S 63 e will pair the V-8 with an electric motor.

Specifics are still under wraps, but we already know that the 4.0-liter V-8 is quite capable. In the new-generation S-Class, the V-8 cranks out 496 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque in the S 580 trim. AMG has the option to squeeze more oomph from that mill, but the extra power will come from the electric motor.

Word has it the S 63 e will crank out nearly 700 horsepower combined.

This will be a notable increase over the old, non-hybrid AMG S 63, rated at 603 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. It will also deliver more than the current S 580 e, which pairs a 3.0-liter V-6 good for 362 horsepower and an electric motor that generates 121 horses. The motor in this model, likely to be used in the AMG S 63 e as well, delivers 121 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. This means that the combined torque figure of the AMG model could exceed 800 pound-feet.

2022 Mercedes-AMG S 63 e Exterior Spyshots
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The hybrid AMG should become the quickest model in the range. Given the output and the electric air, it should be notably quicker than its predecessor. The old AMG S 63 hits 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, so the hybrid could do it in 3.2 clicks. Top speed, on the other hand, should remain identical at 155 mph.

The AMG model will ride on the same suspension as the regular S-Class, so it will features the fully active E-Active Body Control suspension and the Airmatic air suspension as standard. Of course, every single component will be optimized for spirited driving, so the AMG model will become stiffer and more agile in certain settings. It will also feature rear-axle steering, a four-link layout in the front and a multi-link independent suspension in the rear.

2022 Mercedes-AMG S 63 e Exterior Spyshots
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There isn’t much info on the upcoming AMG sedan’s electric motor and battery, but since it should be similar to the S 580 e, it should return about the same range. Expect the big sedan to run for around 62 miles on battery power alone, but this figure might change following EPA testing.

2022 Mercedes-AMG S 63 e specifications
Engine 4.0-liter V-8
Horsepower 700 HP
Torque 800 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 3.2 seconds
Top Speed 155 mph

How much will the 2022 Mercedes-AMG S 63 e cost?

2022 Mercedes-AMG S 63 e Exterior Spyshots
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Pricing information is obviously not available at the moment, but the AMG S 63 e should be a little more expensive than the outgoing AMG S 63. The latter starts from $151,600, so the upcoming AMG hybrid could come in at almost $160,000 before options.

The AMG S 63 e will break cover sometime in the first half of 2021 and will arrive in U.S. showrooms as a 2022-model-year car.

Will the 2022 Mercedes-AMG S 63 e have any competition on the market?

2022 Mercedes-AMG S 63 e Exterior Spyshots
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No, the electrified AMG won’t have competition too soon. While both BMW and Audi build electric versions of their range-topping sedans, they’re not as powerful as the upcoming Merc. BMW’s hybrid 7 Series is called the 745e iPerformance and packs a twin-turbo inline and two electric motors that generate a combined 388 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. It’s electric range is also much smaller at around 14 miles on the EPA cycle. Audi, on the other hand, offers a 60 TFSI e version of the A8. The gas V-6 and the electric motor generate less than 500 horsepower combined. Both these sedans are good enough for the S 580 e, but they’re no match for the upcoming AMG S 63 e. On the other hand, these German hybrids are also notably more affordable. The BMW 745e iPerformance starts from $95,900, while the Audi A8 60 TFSI e is available with an identical sticker.

Conclusion

2022 Mercedes-AMG S 63 e Exterior Spyshots
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Some diehard enthusiasts might not agree with Mercedes’ decision to turn the AMG-prepped S-Class into a hybrid, but it’s the change the German firm needs to make in order to evolve. Selling hybrid version of less models is no longer an option. As electric motor and battery technology evolves, automakers and drivers need to embrace the idea that the future of performance cars is tied to electrification. By putting an electric motor into the AMG S 63, Mercedes is actually moving ahead of the competition, with both BMW and Audi still keeping their M and S/RS models on gasoline power. But there’s even bigger news to embrace. The S 63 e will be followed by an S 73 e model with even more power and torque and probably even better range.

  • Leave it
    • Still a few months away
    • A bit too expensive
Ciprian Florea
Ciprian Florea
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Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read full bio
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