Mercedes-AMG's New Hybrid Is A Super Sedan To Replace The S65

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The S63e will debut very soon.

We've known Mercedes-AMG has been working on this new super sedan for some time, and now it appears testing has entered a new phase. The 2022 AMG S63e plug-in hybrid is not your ordinary Mercedes S-Class. Expected to have around 700 horsepower, it will surpass the output of the S580 4Matic that's currently on sale. It's powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 496 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque and an EQ mild-hybrid assist system with an extra 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of twist.

If all goes to plan, the S63e's official debut will happen in the coming months and sales will get underway by the end of this year. This still gives the German automaker's high-performance division some time to get this super sedan ready.

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Previously, we saw a prototype testing at the Nurburgring, but today our spy photographers have caught another test mule undergoing cold-weather testing in Sweden. Why is the S63e such a big deal? Because it will replace the V12-powered S65 that was discontinued in 2013 with the S65 Final Edition. This hot rod hybrid sedan, unlike its predecessor, will be far more environmentally friendly.

The hybrid system's presence can be found in this new batch of photos with the charging port located in the left rear wing. Other AMG exterior modifications will include the Panamericana grille, a sportier and more aggressive front bumper, and a rear diffuser located between the quad exhaust pipes.

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Sources also claim the interior will receive the same technology found in the regular S-Class, specifically a 12.8-inch touchscreen, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a maximum of five (five!) touchscreens. Given its S65 successor status, don't expect the S63e to come cheap; we're talking supercar level pricing. The S65 couldn't be had for anything less than $232,500.

But what if the S63e's expected 700 hp still isn't good enough for some buyers? They shouldn't worry too much because AMG is also developing a range-topping S73e with around 800 hp on tap.

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