Mercedes AMG's New 700-HP Super Sedan Takes Shape

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This is our best look yet at the new Mercedes-AMG S63e.

In a few months, the all-new Mercedes S-Class will arrive in US dealers, setting a new benchmark for luxury sedans. In its range-topping S 580 4MATIC guise, the new S-Class is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 496 hp and 516 lb-ft, but it won't be the most powerful variant for very long.

Like the last-generation model, the new S-Class will soon be getting the AMG performance treatment. Mercedes-AMG has already been caught testing prototypes of its new super sedan, and now the camouflage has started to strip away, exposing the body to the cold conditions. Only the bumpers and Mercedes badge are covered up, giving us our clearest look yet at the new Mercedes-AMG S63e.

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Compared to our last sighting, the AMG S63e's prominent blacked-out Panamericana grille is now fully on display, giving the luxury sedan a bolder face. The quad exhaust system is also an obvious giveaway that we're looking at the high-performance AMG S63e and the bumpers look more aggressive. The spiced-up S-Class also rides closer to the ground on larger wheels, while the beefier brakes provide superior stopping power.

As the name suggests, the new S63e will have a plug-in hybrid powertrain, which will feature a twin-turbo V8 with electrical assistance to increase the power while reducing emissions to meet regulations.

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Combined, this setup is expected to generate around 700 hp, making it significantly more powerful than the current S63's 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that pumps out 603 hp. If 700 hp is somehow still not enough power for you, Mercedes-AMG is cooking up an even hotter S73e with an increased output of around 800 hp.

With such absurd levels of power, the S73e should be a worthy successor to the V12-powered S65 it will replace. The Mercedes-AMG S63e is expected to go on sale later this year. Since a significant amount of camouflage has dropped, we're expecting AMG's new super sedan to debut within the next few months.

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