New 843hp Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance hybrid revealed: price, specs and release date
September 01, 2021 by
This is the new Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance – the first hybrid version of Mercedes’ luxurious four-door coupe and, with 843hp, the most powerful car AMG has ever built.
- Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S hybrid revealed
- First AMG E Performance model
- Most powerful mass-produced AMG ever
- 843hp and 1,400Nm of torque
- 0-60mph in 2.9 seconds
- 196mph top speed
- Seven-mile EV-only range
- Mild styling tweaks
- Shares AMG GT 4-door’s interior
This is the new Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door 63 S E Performance. Forget the impractically long name for a second, because this ludicrous 843hp hybrid is the most powerful AMG road car of all time.
Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance Design
The new GT 4-door hybrid looks very similar to the standard GT 63 S. The only real difference at the front is in the new vertical, rather than horizontal, bars within the air intakes under the headlights.
Somebody really earnt their designer’s turtle-neck jumper that day, didn’t they?
Ok, so you do get some new 20- or 21-inch alloy wheels, there’s a tiny red ‘E Performance’ badge on each side and a new charging flap in the rear bumper, but these are all small tweaks in the grand scheme of things…
Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance hybrid System
AMG has built a few hybrid cars before – such as the AMG GLE 53 and E53 models – but these are just mild hybrids that use a small motor to give the engine some help when you accelerate.
This new AMG GT 4-door E Performance is a proper full-blown hybrid. It pairs a 639hp twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 from the normal AMG GT 63 S with a brand-new 204hp electric motor.
Together, this new hybrid system produces 843hp and a colossal 1,470Nm of torque.
This makes it the most powerful road car AMG has ever built – and it’s also one of the quickest. The AMG GT 4-door hybrid accelerates from 0-60mph in just 2.9 seconds.
Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance battery and range
The new AMG GT hybrid comes with a 6.1kWh battery that Mercedes says took inspiration from the batteries in its Formula One cars.
Putting the technical talk to one side, this means it’s lighter than most batteries with the same capacity and it has some clever cooling technology that helps it deliver lots of power in a short burst without overheating.
So how much range do you think it has? 25 miles? Maybe 15 miles? Nope – a full charge gives the new GT 4-door hybrid just seven miles of range.
At least it’ll do 80mph in EV-only mode, though, and 7 miles of range is probably enough to get you to a nice quiet back road where you can fire up the twin-turbo V8…
Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance gearbox
This new E Performance model comes with the same 9-speed multi-clutch gearbox as the standard AMG GT 4-door. However, AMG has added another 2-speed gearbox – just for the electric motor.
This works in a similar way to the two-speed ‘box you get in a Porsche Taycan and an Audi e-tron GT. The motor uses a lower gear when you launch the car or accelerate hard but it shifts into a higher gear when you’re cruising around to stop the motor over-revving, and to help it use less electrical energy.
This is all done automatically, even if you have the normal 9-speed gearbox in manual mode.
Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance interior
If you thought the new 4-door hybrid’s exterior changes were hard to spot, wait until you get inside – it looks almost exactly the same as the regular car.
You get the same sweeping dashboard and raised centre console with buttons laid-out to look like cylinders in a V8 engine. The steering wheel has a new design with some thinner spokes, but that’s the only real change.
The dual-screen infotainment system is mostly the same, too – although it has some new graphics and extra menus that let you control the car’s hybrid system.
Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance driving modes
The new AMG GT 4-door hybrid comes with the same driving modes as the regular car, including Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Race and Individual. However, there’s also a new ‘Electric’ setting that leaves the twin-turbo V8 switched off, so you can cruise around at 5am without annoying your neighbours.
It does play fake engine sounds through the cabin speakers when you switch the ignition on, though – if you’re into that sort of thing.
AMG has also kept the standard car’s Drift Mode, which should prove even more effective thanks to the hybrid system’s extra 204hp.
Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance brakes
The new AMG GT 4-door hybrid comes with carbon-ceramic brakes as standard, with 6-piston callipers at the front and single-piston callipers at the back. It can also use its electric motor as a generator to help slow the car down and recharge its batteries at the same time through regenerative braking.
You can customise the strength of this regen effect using buttons on the steering wheel. Level zero turns the system off completely, while Level 3 cranks it up so high that you can pretty much drive the car using just the accelerator pedal.
Race mode automatically sets the regen to Level 1, which is supposed to feel the most like driving a normal car, and this new GT 4-door hybrid can also use its limited-slip differential and the motor’s regenerative braking to help stabilise itself in certain corners without the ESP system applying the brakes.
Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance price and release date
Mercedes hasn’t said how much this new car will cost, but you can bet it’ll be even more expensive than a normal AMG GT 4-door – after all, electric motors and fancy F1-inspired batteries don’t come cheap.
The standard AMG GT 63 S will set you back around £140,000, but don’t be surprised if this new hybrid ends up costing more than £160,000.
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