The New Mercedes-Benz AMG GT63 S E Plug-in Hybrid is the Most Powerful AMG Model Ever Made
Mercedes Benz has updated its AMG GT 4-door sedan with the addition of the all-new AMG GT63 S E plug-in hybrid and the results are impressive.
This electrified flagship sedan is an impressively powerful AMG model, with a combined power output of 831 horsepower and 1,033 lb-ft of peak torque. This makes the GT63S E the most powerful AMG model that Mercedes has ever produced.
The GT63 S is equipped with a powerful bi-turbo V8, which is coupled to an electric motor. At 664 lb-ft of torque and 630 HP of power the 4-liter bi-turbo V8 produces the same power as it does in the existing gas-powered AMG GT63 4-door Coupe.
The V8 engine in the GT63 S is fitted with an electric motor that sits on the rear axle. The rear electric motor has a two-speed gearbox which adds another 201 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque to the car's total power output.
The electric motor is connected to the drivetrain via a mechanical connection that bestows this offering with an all-wheel-drive setup.
For better handling and stability around the corners, this plug-in hybrid comes equipped with an electronically controlled limited-slip differential. If required, the electrified powertrain can also send power instantly to the front wheels.
The GT63 S E Performance also incorporates Mercedes Benz's Formula 1 technology. Its efficient battery pack was developed in-house.
The battery pack was inspired by AMG's F1 race car. The 6.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack is located above the electric motor. The 400-volt battery pack weighs just 196 pounds. What's more interesting is that it is engineered with a direct-cooling system that helps maintain optimum temperature.
On the performance front, the plug-in hybrid hits 62 MPH in just 2.9 seconds and can accelerate to 124 MPH in under 10 seconds. The car's top speed is limited to 196 MPH.
All of that power requires sufficient stopping power so the electrified AMG is fitted with carbon-ceramic brakes. The AMG GT S E is equipped with 17-inch brake rotors discs and six-piston calipers on the front wheels. The rear brake setup uses slightly smaller 15-inch rotors with single-piston calipers.
The all-new electrified AMG's electric-only driving range stands at just 7 miles, however range is not the goal for the powerful GT63 S E. AMG says that the plug-in hybrid was designed with the purpose of "fast power delivery."
The GT63 S E features seven drive modes; Electric mode, Sport, Sport Plus, Comfort, Slippery, Race, and a configurable mode for the driver's personal preferences. The car automatically switches to comfort mode when the battery runs low.
The GT63 S E uses a 3.7-kW onboard AC charger. The charging port is located on the rear bumper.
The overall styling of the car is similar to the design of the existing GT 4-Door model. The exterior gets minor tweaks and will be available in four different matte finishes. The GT63S E will also get more color and trim options for the interior.
The GT63 S E is scheduled to arrive in North America in 2023. Mercedes Benz will share the official specs of the car closer to the launch date.
As far as pricing, that has yet to be determined. The 2021 AMG GT63 S 4-door Coupe has an MSRP of $161,900, so expect the plug-in hybrid version to cost upwards of $200,000.
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