The first “performance hybrid“ from Mercedes-AMG also claims the mantle of its most powerful series-production model ever. GT 63 S E Performance is powered by a combination of 4.0-litre biturbo V8 and 150kW electric motor mounted on the rear axle.
Fitted with surefooted 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive, the four-door coupé delivers peak power of 620kW and torque of 1400Nm. It can sprint to 100km/h in as little as 2.9 seconds. Fuel economy is an impressive 7.7-litres/100km.
The integration of a powerful combustion engine with a permanently excited synchronous electric motor and a lightweight, high-performance battery pack, ensures maximum propulsion is always available when needed.
Thanks to its high-regeneration performance and on-demand recharging (technology inspired by F1 racing), the E Performance hybrid was actually two seconds a lap faster than the GT 63 S 4MATIC+ in testing at the Hockenheimring.
But it’s not all about its insane power and torque, the E Performance model features an expressive design with a low front section, muscular body, squat greenhouse and dynamic fastback.
The outer air intakes are wider and more pointed towards the centre of the car. The airflow is channelled to the wheel arch coolers by three vertical fins. Exclusive identification features at the rear, where the plug-in charging flap is also located.
A widescreen cockpit display features the MBUX multimedia system with AMG hybrid-specific displays and functions. In the instrument cluster, the driver can read the electric range, power consumption, and a host of other details.
High-quality graphics on the multimedia display visualise the power flow of the entire drive system, rpm, output, torque and temperature of the electric motor, as well as the temperature of the battery.
At its heart, the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance four-door coupé is an exceptionally luxurious grand tourer. A generous level of standard equipment includes Exclusive Nappa leather upholstery and grey open-pore ash wood trim.
A 14-speaker Burmester surround sound system, three-zone Thermotronic automatic climate control, heated and cooled front seats with heated armrests, heated rear seats, and ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colours features.
A head-up display, sliding glass electric sunroof, wireless device charging and smartphone integration, MBUX navigation with augmented reality, and power-closing doors are all standard. The Driving Assistance Package Plus is also included.
The AMG GT 63 S E Performance rides on AMG Ride Control+ suspension, which is based on multi-chamber air suspension, with automatic level control, combined with adaptive, electronically controlled adjustable damping.
The latter features two pressure relief valves for the first time, allowing the damping force for each wheel to be adjusted to suit the situation in just a few milliseconds. The rebound and compression stages are controlled independently of each other.
In keeping with the extreme power values and the associated performance, an AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system comprises bronze-coloured 6-piston fixed callipers at the front and 1-piston floating callipers at the rear.
It also includes rear-axle steering and a suite of Dynamic Select drive programs, including Race and Drift. A specially composed low-frequency, speed-dependent AMG sound features for when driving in EV mode.
The new Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance four-door coupé is priced at $399,900 plus on-roads, and is now available to order from Mercedes-AMG retailers. If you’re keen on one, and need finance, talk to CreditOne.