The V8 is still alive for the S-Class
Mercedes-AMG has been on a downsizing trend as of late, with models like the C63 S E Performance, C43, and SL43 roadster giving up their V6 and V8 powerplants for electric turbo-fours. However, that won't be the case for their flagship sedan, the S63; the V8 brute has been retained for 2023.
Yes, the 2023 Mercedes-AMG S63 E Performance has V8 power – and then some. The E Performance model combines the 4.0-liter V8 Biturbo engine with AMG's performance hybrid technology to eke out more muscle.
The previous S63 made 612 PS and 900 Nm of torque. But with the new model paired with a hybrid system, the total system output has been increased to 802 PS and a whopping 1,430 Nm of torque – enough to pull the hefty 2,520 kg super sedan from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.3 seconds. The standard S63 E Performance has its top speed limited to 250 km/h, but with the optional AMG Driver's Package, that can be raised to 290 km/h.
As impressive as the power figures may be, the same cannot be said about its all-electric range. The small 13.1 kWh battery means the car can only travel up to 33 km on pure electric power. However, AMG claims they focused on outright performance and utilized the hybrid system more as a power assist.
In addition, AMG put in some sports car bits for the luxury sedan, as they fitted an air suspension with electromechanical anti-roll bars, adaptive dampers, rear axle steering, carbon ceramic brakes, and active engine mounts as standard.
In terms of styling, the new S63 has the signature Panamericana grille with large side intakes in front, plus trapezoidal exhaust tips and a special S63 badge with red accents at the back. AMG fitted 20-inch forged alloy wheels as standard, but there's an option for a bigger 21-inch set.
While Mercedes-AMG did not opt to install bucket seats for the S63, the sedan still got some subtle interior tweaks to give a performance-oriented vibe. There's bespoke AMG upholstery and stitching on the seats, a twin-spoke AMG Performance steering wheel, and unique background displays for the MBUX infotainment system.
The rest is typical S-Class bits, as the S63 is also fitted with a full suite of ADAS systems like active distance control and steering assistance, evasive steering assistance, active lane keeping assist, and active blind spot assist, among others.
For now, Mercedes-AMG is yet to release other information such as pricing and availability for the S63 E Performance, but we should expect the performance sedan to roll out by 2023.