Mercedes-AMG’s first performance hybrid car makes over 800 horses and 1,000 pound-feet of torque!by Sidd Dhimaan, on LISTEN 06:53
The first Mercedes-AMG performance plug-in hybrid is here and it is inspired by technology from F1. The new drivetrain arrives in the flagship GT four-door coupe model called the GT 63S E Performance. It will churn out over 800 horses and 1,000 pound-feet of torque, which makes it the most powerful Mercedes-AMG product ever It even comes with specs like 2.9 seconds to 62 mph, top speed of 196 mph to make it once heck of a performance car. This, right here, is the future!
2023 Mercedes-AMG GT 63S E - The Most Powerful Production Vehicle From Mercedes Ever!
Horsepower @ RPM:831
Torque @ RPM:1033
0-60 time:2.9 sec. (Est.)
Top Speed:196 mph
Mercedes-AMG GT 63S E – Drivetrain, Battery, and Range
- 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine
- Rear-mounted electric motor
- Nine-speed SpeedShift automatic gearbox
- 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system
- 831 Horsepower combined
- 1,033 Pound-feet combined
- 0-62 mph in 2.9 seconds
- 0-124 mph in under 10 seconds
- Top speed rated at 196 mph
- 6.1 kWh battery with seven miles of electric range
Let’s talk about the highlight of this car first.
The Mercedes-AMG GT 63S E is powered by a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine and an electric motor.
The engine alone puts out 630 horses between 5,500-6,500 rpm and 664 pound-feet of torque between 2,500-4,500 rpm. The electric motor cranks up to 201 horses and 236 pound-feet of torque.
Combined, the system produces 831 ponies and 1,033 pound-feet of twist!
The engine is married to a nine-speed SpeedShift automatic gearbox and a 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system.
As for the rear-mounted electric motor, it is integrated with an electrically shifted two-speed gearbox and the electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential in a compact EDU.
The motor draws power from a 6.1 kWh battery pack that’s focused more on performance than range. This is evident because the pure electric range is only seven miles! The battery weighs 196 pounds and comes with a 3.7 kW onboard charger and can be plugged into a charging station, wallbox, or a household socket. The car also comes with four levels of regeneration, with the highest level allowing you to drive the car with a single pedal operation. In fact, this setup is so aggressive that it up to 100 kW of power can be fed back into the battery.
But, courtesy of the performance-oriented setup, the GT 63S E can sprint to 62 mph from rest in 2.9 seconds, 0-124 mph in under 10 seconds, and has a top speed of 196 mph.
The GT 63S E also allows you to choose from any of the seven drive modes that are available. They include
Mercedes-AMG GT 63S E – Braking System and Suspension
- Carbon-ceramic brakes
- 17-inch calipers up front
- 15-inch calipers at the rear
- Air suspension setup
A car that can touch high speeds in a matter of a few seconds even needs to be able to shed speeds in the same manner. Mercedes-AMG has equipped a ceramic high-performance composite brake system with bronze-colored six-piston fixed calipers at the front and a single-piston floating caliper at the rear. The carbon-ceramic discs measure 17 inches at the front and 15 inches at the rear.
As for the suspension setup, the Mercedes-AMG GT 63S E features an air suspension with automatic level control, combined with adaptive, and electronically controlled adjustable damping.
Mercedes-AMG GT 63S E – Exterior
- ‘E Performance’ badges on the fenders
- Plug-in charging flap on the rear bumper
- New fluted trapezoidal twin exhaust tailpipes
- Offered in 11 exterior shades
- 20- and 21-inch wheels available as an option
- Exterior packages offered as well
The GT 63S E is a four-door coupe that looks similar to its other performance siblings, the GT 53 and the GT 63. There are, however, some elements that differentiate it from them. The rear bumper with the integrated plug-in charging flap, the ‘S’ in the moniker highlighted in red, the new fluted trapezoidal twin exhaust tailpipes that will most likely be exclusive to the hybrid models moving forward. The car also comes with ‘E Performance’ badges on the fenders.
Mercedes has mentioned that the GT 63S E will be offered in 11 exterior shades in total; four of which have a matte finish, five metallic, and two non-metallic. Apart from this, there are seven paint finishes from the customization range. The company also offers a new AMG Night Package II or a combination of the Night Package and Carbon Package. 20- and 21-inch wheels will also be available as optional.
Mercedes-AMG GT 63S E – Interior
- AMG Performance twin-spoke steering wheel
- Wide-screen cockpit
- Runs on MBUX infotainment system
- System tweaked with AMG-Hybrid-specific details
- Nappa leather upholstery options available
The GT 63S E will be offered with the standard AMG Performance twin-spoke steering wheel. It even features the wide-screen cockpit that runs on the fantastic MBUX infotainment system. The system displays AMG-Hybrid-specific details, like the power consumption, electric range, battery temperature, the output of the motor, etc.
Just because this is a performance-oriented model doesn’t mean it isn’t plush on the inside. It can be had with the combination of Nappa leather in titanium grey pearl/black with contrasting stitching in yellow, or Nappa leather in truffle brown/black with diamond stitching. If you want single-tone shades, the company offers it in:
- Sienna Brown
- Classic Red
- Yacht Blue
- Deep White
- Neva Grey
Mercedes-AMG GT 63S E – Price
Mercedes has not revealed the price of the GT 63S E, but it goes without saying that it will be the most expensive GT that the automaker has to offer. The prices of the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT four-door models are:
- GT 43 - $89,900
- GT 53 - $99,950
- GT 63 - $140,600
- GT 63 S - $161,900
Let’s not forget this is the most powerful Mercedes-AMG ever to have rolled out of the automaker’s factory. So, expect the starting price of the GT 63S E to be around $200,000.
These specs, by the way, are for the Euro-spec model only.
The U.S.-bound model’s specs will differ and Mercedes will announce them when the car is closer to its market launch, perhaps sometime in 2022. The car will be making its in-person debut at the IAA Show starting from September 7 in Munich.
|Drivetrain||4.0-liter, Twin-turbo V-8|
|Electric Motor||Single Rear-mounted Motor|
|Horsepower||831 Horsepower (combined)|
|Torque||1,033 lb-ft (combined)|
|Transmission||Nine-speed SpeedShift Automatic Gearbox|
|Drive Layout||4MATIC+ All-wheel-drive System|
|0-62 mph||2.9 seconds|
|Top Speed||196 mph|