The Mercedes-AMG GT63 SE Performance has been officially unveiled as an additional step forward for the brand’s electrified technology. While not a full-on EV, the performance-exclusive sedan retains the eight-cylinder mill with an electric motor.
At the helm of the Mercedes-AMG GT63 SE Performance, the brand’s twin-turbocharged 4,0-litre V8 remains with a permanently excited synchronous electric motor, a high-performance battery developed in Affalterbach and the fully variable AMG Performance 4Matic+ all-wheel drive system. The combined output of this setup is 620 kW and 1 400 N.m of torque. With this, the brand says the saloon will sprint from 0-100 km/h in 2,9 seconds, 0-200 km/h in 10 seconds and reach a top speed of 316 km/h.
The 150 kW electric motor is positioned at the rear axle, where it is integrated with an electrically shifted two-speed gearbox and the electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential in a compact electric drive unit. Experts refer to this layout as a P3 hybrid. The lightweight high-performance battery is also located above the rear axle. The brand claims this compact design has numerous advantages.
The battery in the Mercedes-AMG GT63 SE Performance has a capacity of 6,1 kWh, 70 kW of continuous output and 150 kW of peak output for ten seconds. The system weighs in at 89 kg and is charged via a 3,7 kW on-board AC charger which can be done at a charging station, wallbox or household socket. Considering this system is designed for power, AMG says it only boasts a range of 12 km.
In addition to this, the Mercedes-AMG GT63 SE Performance maintains the brand’s belt-driven starter-generator which combines the alternator and starter in one component with an output of 10 kW. It starts the combustion engine and ensures the basic supply of the ancillary units such as air conditioning or driving lights.
Where design is concerned, the Mercedes-AMG GT63 SE Performance introduces a pair of externally fluted trapezoidal twin exhaust tailpipes and “E PERFORMANCE” badging on the fenders.