AMG's first hybrid model borrows Formula 1 technology.
The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S already offers bonkers performance with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 shelling out 630 horsepower. But those lovable lunatics at AMG are cooking up an even more powerful variant, as evidenced by recent spy shots and official teaser images from Mercedes. Today, the 2023 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance arrives as AMG's first production hybrid, and it's ready to slay all competitors from Audi, BMW, and Porsche.
Like the standard GT 63 S, the E Performance uses a V8 engine, now tuned to produce 639 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque all on its own. An electric motor contributes an additional 204 hp and 236 lb-ft (for 10-second bursts), so total output is 843 hp and a staggering 1,034 lb-ft. That's more than any BMW M car, more than any Porsche, and even more than any Hellcat! Can we hear a "oh ja" in German?
AMG developed its hybrid system using technology from Formula 1, meaning the rear-mounted electric motor and lithium-ion battery deliver rapid torque build-up with immediate response, without compromising the weight balance. This is the most powerful vehicle to ever leave Affalterbach, and AMG says it can rush to 60 mph in only 2.9 seconds or 125 mph in under 10 seconds. Flat out, it will top 196 mph.
The electric motor runs through a two-speed gearbox with an integrated limited-slip differential at the rear. When the motor detects wheel slip in the rear, it can direct more power to the front wheels, aiding traction. The engine still sends its grunt through a nine-speed automatic transmission.
On a practical note, Mercedes says the E Performance is more efficient with lower emissions, and it can drive seven miles on electric power alone (up to 80 mph). Drivers can plug their vehicle into a charger, or rely on high brake regeneration and on-demand recharging from the engine. AMG included seven drive modes, including Electric, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Race, Slippery, and Individual, controlled on the steering wheel.
Shown here in red, the GT 63 S E Performance looks similar to the standard GT 4-Door with a few minor changes. At the back, the E Performance receives a charging flap integrated into the bumper, a unique model badge highlighted in red, and externally fluted trapezoidal exhaust tips. As with the standard GT 63, the E Performance offers many colors, including four matte paints, five metallic paints, and two non-metallic paints.
For even more visual drama, Mercedes will offer an AMG Night Package II or a combination of the Night Package and Carbon Package. It comes standard with 20-inch wheels, but 21-inch wheels are optional. Mercedes says it will sell an Exclusive Edition, but doesn't mention any details about what special touches this model will include.
The GT 4-Door already has one of the most opulent cabins on the market, so Mercedes hasn't messed around too much with a formula that works. The MBUX multimedia system now features hybrid-specific displays, letting the driver check the electric range, output and torque of the electric motor, and the temperatures of the battery and electric motor. Back seat passengers can view similar information on the optional rear multimedia display. Drivers can control the car's functions right from the steering wheel using the twin-spoke controls and rotating AMG Drive Units displays. The wheel is similar to the one used in the E63, but now features controls for brake regeneration.
As with the exterior, owners have a wide array of interior customization options. The choices include Exclusive Nappa leather in titanium grey pearl/black with contrasting yellow stitching or truffle brown/black with diamond stitching, and a choice of five additional Exclusive Nappa Style leather colors, including Sienna Brown, Classic Red, Yacht Blue, Deep White, and Neva Grey. Sadly, Mercedes only showed off black seats in the photos.
Mercedes hasn't provided any details on pricing for the United States or any other markets, but we assume it will cost significantly more than the GT 63 S ($161,900). For comparison sake, the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid starts at $189,800. All of the details are subject to change slightly for the US market car, which is scheduled to arrive for the 2023 model year. Given the timing, it should hit US dealers sometime in the second half of 2022.