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The first AMG hybrid has arrived and it is the most powerful Mercedes ever

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The Mercedes-AMG GT 63 SE PERFORMANCE is the first sports plug-in hybrid of the Mercedes-AMG brand to enter series production and rely on Formula 1 technologies. Under the hood are a 4.0 V8 biturbo engine as well as an electric motor, and the total power is 620 kW (843 hp), while the maximum torque is greater than 1,400 Nm. So, the driver and passengers in this rocket are literally expected to launch up to 100 km / h, which takes only 2.9 seconds.

The layout of the internal combustion engine on the front axle and electric drive on the rear, offers numerous advantages, say from AMG. Namely, optimized weight distribution, the best possible use of torque and very fast power delivery promise driving dynamics at the highest level. Added to this is a high-performance battery that has been developed internally, and has twice the power density of conventional propulsion batteries and, like many other components, is inspired by Formula 1 technology, says Jochen Hermann, Chief Technical Officer of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
The striking design with a low front end, muscular body, low cab and the shape of the fastback vehicle emphasizes the sporty genes of the four-door coupe. Another striking feature is the front bumper, which is based on the design of the AMG GT with two doors. It looks like it was cast from a mold. The air intakes are wider, and the air flow is directed towards the wheels by means of three vertical flaps.
At the rear, the bumper has an integrated battery charging port and the model designation is marked in red. With the hybrid, the AMG also features trapezoidal double exhaust pipes. The "E PERFORMANCE" symbol indicates a hybrid drive.

As the brand's new flagship, the AMG GT 63 S E PERFORMANCE is specially equipped. It received all the latest upgrades, such as AMG RIDE CONTROL + suspension, and the standard equipment includes AMG ceramic brakes (dimensions 420 x 40 millimeters on the front axle and 380 x 32 millimeters on the rear) and MBUX multimedia system with special screens.

The cab has a standard built-in Widescreen Cockpit display that features an MBUX multimedia system with AMG hybrid-specific displays and functions. On the instrument panel, the driver can monitor the electric range, energy consumption, power output and torque of the electric motor and the temperature of the battery and electric motor. It is interesting that this information is also available to passengers sitting in the back and who can follow it on their screens.
The standard AMG Performance steering wheel also offers tangible and visible added value, with its distinctive double-spoke design and seamlessly integrated buttons. As a new feature, it is possible to select the recovery levels of the hybrid drive using the buttons on the steering wheel, and for the first time there is the selection of the electric driving mode.

The new model is powered by a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine combined with a synchronous electric motor, a high-performance battery developed in Afalterbach, and all-wheel power is sent by a 9-speed AMG Speedshift transmission. Otherwise, the drive is a fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC +. The combination of a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine and electric motor generates 620 kW (843 hp) and a maximum torque of more than 1,400 Nm.

The driving performance of the most powerful production vehicle from Afalterbach so far is impressive: acceleration from standstill to 100 km / h takes just 2.9 seconds, and 200 km / h is achieved in less than 10 seconds. Acceleration ends at 316 km / h.

The 150 kW (204 hp) electric motor is positioned on the rear axle, where it is integrated with a two-speed transmission with an electrically controlled limited-slip rear differential in a compact drive unit (EDU). Experts call this arrangement the P3 hybrid. A lightweight, high-performance battery is also located in the rear of the rear axle.

There are as many as seven AMG DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes: "Electric", "Comfort", "Sport", "Sport +", "RACE", "Slippery" and "Individual" are precisely configured for the new drive technology and thus ensure that driving can be highly efficient, but also very dynamic.

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