When we drove the Mercedes-AMG GT63 S a few years ago at its world launch it was the most powerful model produced by the brand (watch our video review at this link). The title then passed onto the track-focussed GT Black Series. But that mantle has now passed back to the four-door coupe with the debut of the Mercedes-AMG GT63 S E Performance.
First of its kind
The Mercedes-AMG GT63 S E Performance is the first hybrid powered model from the Mercedes’ AMG division, and it most certainly won’t be the last. As you can read here, the upcoming C-Class range-topper will have a heavily electrified drivetrain. Powering this latest performance coupe is an electrified version of the company’s 4,0-litre twin-turbocharged V8. A 6,1 kWh battery pack and an electric motor mounted on the rear axle allow the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E to be driven purely on electric power, but for a maximum of 12 km.
Peak power from the drivetrain is rated at a massive 620 kW with a whopping 1 470 N.m of torque. The electric motor alone is capable of producing 150 kW. Mercedes says the Mercedes-AMG GT63 S E Performance can blast from standstill to 100 km/h in just 2,9 seconds, to 200 km/h in under 10 and can do 316 km/h.
To bring it back to sane speed the car is fitted with ceramic high-performance composite brakes as standard. The carbon-ceramic brake discs measure 420 mm at the front and 380 mm at the rear. Six-piston fixed calipers act on the front rotors and single piston floating calipers are fitted at the rear. The brakes feature a multi-step regenerative system that ranges from Level 0 (disengaged) to Level 3 (one-pedal driving), with a track-only regenerative mode designed for performance.