First plug-in hybrid by Mercedes-AMG gets 843 horsepower
Like the rest of Mercedes' lineup, AMG will be going electric too. But going green doesn't mean having to turn down the power.
Meet the future of Mercedes-AMG – the GT63 S E Performance. It's the first of many more hybrid Mercedes-AMG models to come and part of the brand's new E Performance plug-in hybrid lineup.
The GT63 S E Performance uses the same 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 engine and produces 639 horsepower and 900 Nm torque. It's paired with a 6.1 kWh battery pack and an electric motor mounted on the rear axle that produces 204 horsepower and 320 Nm torque. Total combined output is rated at 843 horsepower and 1,400 Nm of torque. Simply put, this is the most powerful Mercedes-AMG model yet.
A 9-speed automatic gearbox sends power to all four wheels via AMG's 4Matic+ all-wheel-drive system. To help put the power down, the electrified rear axles also benefit from an electronic limited-slip differential. Despite being a plug-in hybrid, Mercedes claims the GT63 S E Performance can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds and 200 km/h in less than 10 seconds. Find the right stretch of road (or runway), and it can reach a top speed of 316 km/h.
Most of the features available on the non-hybrid GT 4-door models are carried over into the new E Performance model, including the drive modes. What's new is the Electric drive mode that allows the sports sedan to cruise on pure battery power alone at speeds of up to 130 km/h with 16km of range. It also comes with various levels of regenerative braking.
The new plug-in hybrid GT63 S E Performance looks very much like its non-hybrid siblings. It's the same story inside the cabin. The only tell-tale sign outside would be the new V8 BiTurbo E Performance badge on the front fenders and the charging point integrated into the bumper hidden below the right taillight. The MBUX infotainment system displays hybrid-specific information such as electric driving, the power of the motor, and more.
With the AMG GT 63 S E Performance revealed, expect a new generation of AMG models to follow using the same hybrid tech. Exciting times, right?