2022 Mercedes-AMG GT63 S E Performance First Look: Over 800 HP and 1,000 LB-FT!


2022 Mercedes-AMG GT63 S E Performance First Look: Over 800 HP and 1,000 LB-FT!

Mercedes-AMG has officially entered the hybrid era. The company long known for the cutting edge of internal combustion performance has electrified the 2022 Mercedes-AMG GT63 S E Performance, if the new appendage to its model name (E!) wasn’t a clue. That means its powerful 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8, nestled up front, is joined by a rear-mounted electric motor. The total combined output is shocking: 831 hp and a full 1,033 lb-ft of torque.

Those figures knock the exceptionally powerful 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series, with 720 hp and 590 lb-ft, off the top of the AMG heap. It’s been displaced by a four-door hybrid that, up until now, we’d been thinking would be called the GT73. There is a chance this naming could crop up in the U.S. market, and we’ve reached out to AMG for clarification.

The GT73 name would have further separated it from the already serious non-hybrid AMG GT63 S, which had distinguished itself in 2020 Car of the Year testing as a hard-charging super sports car that just happened to have four doors. Instead, the “E Performance” name that AMG had been floating around since it started dropping teasers that it would go hybrid gets tacked on, making for an unwieldy name that requires some context to realize exactly how “extra” this hybrid GT63 S is. Extra, indeed.

Although heavy at 4,600 pounds, the regular GT63 S packs 630 hp and 664 lb-ft—enough juice for us to praise the regular GT63 S as explosive and ferocious. The mind boggles when it considers what an additional 201 hp and 369 lb-ft are going to do for the car’s numbers beyond turning its tires into molten liquid. But that’s unfair to AMG’s dynamics engineers, who are good at figuring out how and when to put the power down. By the way, the V-8’s output figures are unchanged from its non-hybrid counterpart, at 630 hp and 664 lb-ft, and it’s paired to AMG’s Speedshift MCT nine-speed automatic, which features a multiclutch pack instead of a conventional torque converter. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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