On Aug. 31, Mercedes-AMG announced that its first performance hybrid, the AMG GT 63 S E Performance, entered series production, extracting techniques from Formula 1 racing.
This performance hybrid implants the DNA of AMG’s performance into a distinctive drive layout with an electric motor and battery on the rear axle.
The combination of a 4.0-liter V-8 engine with two, twin-scroll turbochargers, direct fuel injection and electric motor generates 831 horsepower and 1,033-lbs-ft of torque for immediate responses at the rear axle, fast torque build-up and better weight distribution. The engine is linked to an AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT-9G transmission and AMG’s Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive with fully variable torque distribution and Drift Mode. AMG’s Ride Control+ will be standard.
Zero to 60 mph takes a scant 2.9 seconds while 125 mph comes up in less than 10 seconds. Top speed is 196 mph.
The car will have an electric range of seven miles, ideal to operate in urban or residential areas. The electric motor is positioned at the rear axle, known as a P3 hybrid layout. The car will offer seven driving modes – Electric, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, RACE, Slippery and Individual. The car has a 400-volt high-voltage electrical system.
When driving on all-electric power, the legally required Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System warns the surroundings that the car is approaching. A specially composed low-frequency, speed-dependent AMG sound is emitted to the outside via single loudspeakers at the front and rear. The sound can also be heard at a subdued level in the interior, as acoustic feedback for the passengers. In the European Union, the system is active up to 12 mph. After that, the driving signal fades out harmoniously up to approx. 31 mph.
Battery regeneration occurs in four, selectable stages – Levels 0 through 3. Another advantage of regeneration is that the vehicle does not speed up when driving down steep hills, so the system works like an engine brake, but also feeds energy into the battery.
This vehicle has not yet been adapted for the U.S. Market. Specifications and further details will be announced closer to the U.S. Market launch for the 2023 model year.