As we move into and through this new generation of more sophisticated, alternatively powered and technologically advanced vehicles, one has to be impressed with the “how much” aspect of them. How much horsepower, how much torque and how much quickness each new model has is eye-widening. But “How much?” is being quickly joined by “How far for how long?” and the “How?” of this new breed. Of course, the “How much does it cost?” has, and always will, play a role in what we drive.
Mercedes Performance Division has released the “how’s” of its 2023 Mercedes-AMG GT63 S E, the first plug-in hybrid model for AMG. The “how’s” have some “wows”.
The headlines are horsepower and torque of course, with the 2023 Mercedes-AMG GT63 S E being able to generate an impressive 831 horsepower along with 1082 lb.-ft. of torque. Wow. We’ll get to how it produces all this power in a minute.
Horsepower and torque are like ingredients in a recipe. Alone, the numbers are relatively meaningless. What they contribute to the final product in terms of quickness and speed are what really matters. For the 2023 Mercedes-AMG GT63 S E, it translates to a car that can jettison from a standstill to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. Some report that number could be as low as 2.6 seconds. Upon further acceleration, the 2023 AMG GT63 S E can reach 124 mph in less than 10 seconds. It has a top speed of 196 mph.
How does the 2023 Mercedes-AMG GT63 S E produce all this power and speed? It starts with a twin-turbo, 4.0 liter V8 engine that alone generates 630 hp. That V8 gets an assist from a rear axle-mounted electric motor that boosts horsepower by 203 for 10 seconds or 94 horsepower on an ongoing basis. The electric motor has a permanent magnet and is powered by a 4.8 kWh lithium battery pack, charged by an onboard 3.7 kW AC charger. The car has a nine-speed automatic transmission and features AMG’s 4Matic + all-wheel drive system. The car has 7 driving modes, one of which is all-electric that can drive for up to 7 miles at up to 80 mph. There are four levels of regenerative braking.
Potential buyers will want to know the 2023 Mercedes-AMG GT63 S E is available in a selection of 5 metallic colors and 4 matte color choices. It features the robust Mercedes MBUX Infotainment System with every detail you’ll need to know about the performance of your 2023 Mercedes-AMG GT63 S E. It stands proudly on its 20 or 21-inch wheels.
How Much $$$ ?
While the car-maker hasn’t said precisely what this PHEV will cost, estimates place an MSRP at between $190,000 to $210,000.
This is an exceptional period for the auto industry, and it is one well worth paying attention to. Not just to the “How much?” when it comes to horsepower and torque, but to the “How” manufacturers are reaching these remarkable numbers. For 2023, the Mercedes-AMG GT63 SE joins in this elite pack.