At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Mercedes unveiled a high-performance plug-in powertrain that was reportedly slated to appear in a forthcoming model, and four years later, the German automaker has finally pulled the cover off of its first-ever performance-focused hybrid.. Say hello to the new Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E PERFORMANCE.
Kicked along by the most powerful engine ever to leave the firm’s Affalterbach factory, the GT 63 S E PERFORMANCE features a 4.0-liter V8 bi-turbo engine coupled with a 150kW electric motor and battery on the rear axle that together put down 831hp and a whopping 1,033ft-lbs of torque — allowing the hybrid AMG to clock 0-60mph runs in just 2.9-seconds and a top speed of over 196mph. Representing Mercedes-AMG’s latest flagship offering, the GT 63 S E PERFORMANCE has received a major visual update and facelift, along with a track-focused suite of componentry that includes AMG RIDE CONTROL+ suspension with a new damping system, an electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential, AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system, and seven different drive modes including a RACE mode and a customizable program. To bring the car to fruition, AMG called on the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team to utilize the race program’s electric powertrain technology, resulting in the new model’s incredible performance capabilities. To learn more, you can check out the press release linked below.