Let’s cut to the chase – this is the most powerful production-ready car in the entire and colorful history of the AMG division. Let me introduce to you a Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance.
While most manufacturers use the hybrid drive to please people who don’t miss a chance to complain about the pollution and noise from internal combustion engines, Mercedes-Benz has used the hybrid drive to deliver a giant explosive charge.
In Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance, the Mercedes-Benz hybrid powertrain develops as much as 831 horsepower and 1400 Nm (1033lb-ft) of torque. The latter figure is achieved with the Overboost function, which will be available whenever drivers use the Launch Control system.
In this mode, the car will accelerate to 100 km/h (62mph) in 2.9 seconds and cross the 200 km/h (124mph) mark in less than 10 seconds, reaching a top speed of 316 km/h (195mph). Impressive-looking figures that will make many supercar drivers shudder.
So, how does this vehicle pull off such a dramatic burst? At the front, there is an 8-cylinder engine. At the rear, on the rear axle, you will find a 201 horsepower engine. What’s more, the car has not one but two separate gearboxes.
The power of the internal combustion engine is sent to all four wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission, while the power is sent to the rear wheels via an electronically controlled limited-slip differential.
Power generated by the electric motor is transmitted to the rear wheels via the same limited-slip differential, but the electric motor does so via a separate two-speed gearbox. But that’s not all, as the power from the electric motor can also be sent to the front wheels, allowing the driver to use the hybrid’s maximum power every time the driver wants to blast through your favorite B-road.
It’s worth noting that the Mercedes-Benz hybrid engine was developed to be as efficient as possible, so it’s no surprise that the car can go about 12 kilometers on electric power alone when needed. That’s not much, but it should be enough to get you into the electric vehicle zone, which is poised to take over all of Europe’s main cities in the near future.
The primary competitor, the Porsche Panamera, has a significantly bigger battery and can go a greater distance in electric mode. Nonetheless, unlike Mercedes-Benz, Porsche is more concerned with the economy than with maximal performance.
Despite the impressive performance, the car’s weight has been significantly affected by the addition of dynamics-enhancing accessories. The Mercedes-Benz Hybrid weighs 2380 kilograms, or 260 kilograms more than the standard GT63 S. While AMG experts say that the chassis improvements help compensate for the weight increase, the new adaptive dampers and the rear air suspension is unlikely to mask the weight change. Especially in corners.
The new Mercedes-Benz model is a direct demonstration of what we can expect in the future.
Many additional AMG and Aston Martin vehicles will employ this hybrid powerplant. At the same time, the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG will be powered by a four-cylinder engine rather than an eight-cylinder. The smaller sibling will also be equipped with a strong electric motor that will attempt to compensate for the V8’s grunt by providing more spectacular acceleration considerably, but will this be enough?