New Mercedes-AMG Performance Hybrid is a Mean and Green Machine

Chris Teague | Sep 01, 2021

Mercedes-AMG is launching its first performance plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, and it takes the form of its existing GT 4-door body style. Whenever AMG is involved, the results are guaranteed to skew to the wild side, and that’s just what the automaker’s performance division delivers with the new Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance. The car will go on sale in the U.S. market for the 2023 model year.

2023 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance Red Front Quarter

Mercedes-AMG designed the new GT 63 S E Performance to demonstrate the power and brutality that can come from a hybrid system and says that it took cues from its Formula 1 car along the way. The car gets a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 instead of a fuel-sipping four-cylinder engine. It’s paired with an electric motor and all-wheel drive for a combination that demands attention.

Based on its European specifications, system output comes in at an astonishing 843 horsepower (620 kW) and 1,033 pound-feet of torque (1,400 Nm). Unsurprisingly, acceleration is equally as impressive. AMG says the car can hammer from 0-62 mph in 2.9 seconds and go on to a top speed deep into triple digits (196 mph).

The 204-horsepower electric motor sits directly on the rear axle, where it’s paired with an electronically shifted two-speed gearbox and an electronically controlled limited-slip differential. The motor’s location allows it to apply power to the rear wheels more efficiently for off-the-line acceleration or more power when passing. When the car’s computers detect slip at the rear wheels, the motor can send power to the front wheels as needed for better traction.

Mercedes developed the GT 63 S E’s battery in-house at AMG using technologies developed for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team’s car. The 6.1 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery can deliver 70 kilowatts (kW) of continuous output and 150 kW of peak output for ten seconds, and features an innovative direct cooling system with non-conductive liquid flowing through it that helps regulate temperatures. It provides just under 7.5 miles (12 km) of electric driving range.

Seven selectable drive modes are on tap, which allows the driver to configure the powertrain for optimal performance in various settings. They include Electric, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Race, Slippery, and Individual. The idea behind them is that the powertrain can deliver maximum propulsion when asked and that electric power is always available, thanks to the car’s regeneration performance and on-demand recharging. The driver can also dial in the level of regeneration via four different energy recovery options available via a steering wheel-mounted control.

Sitting at the top of the AMG lineup, the new GT 63 S E Performance is lavishly equipped. Nevertheless, customers will have a wide variety of paint colors, interior selections, and other upgrades from which to choose, helping to further ensure exclusivity.

Mercedes-AMG is the source of information for this article. It was accurate on September 1, 2021, but it may have changed since that date.

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