Mercedes-Benz has launched its AMG GT 63 S E Performance in India with a starting price of ₹3.3 crores (ex-showroom). This is the first plug-in hybrid car from Mercedes-AMG and is also the brand’s most powerful production vehicle. The car was globally launched in September 2021, and every GT 63 S E Performance buyer will have the privilege of receiving their car keys from seven-time Formula One champion, Lewis Hamilton, making it an unforgettable experience for the customers.
The AMG GT 63 S E Performance is a 4-door coupe that boasts some understated exterior design updates compared to the standard model, including a reworked front bumper, unique exhaust outlets, and elegantly crafted 20-inch or 21-inch alloy wheels. It also features a flap on the rear bumper to access the charging port. Both the regular GT 63 S 4-door coupe and the plug-in hybrid 4-door coupe share an identical appearance aside from these additions.
Under the hood, the AMG GT 63 S E Performance has a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 gasoline engine generating 630 horsepower and 900 Newton-meters of torque. It works in conjunction with a 201 horsepower electric motor and a 6 kWh battery pack, providing the vehicle with an all-electric range of 13 kilometers. This powertrain produces a combined output of 831 horsepower and 1,470 Newton meters of torque. The car offers seven distinct drive modes and four regenerative braking levels, allowing for one-pedal driving in certain situations.
The luxurious sedan offers drivers access to hybrid-specific data such as real-time power consumption information, an EV range indicator, and an electric motor power gauge through the MBUX infotainment system. Drivers can also customize the sound experience inside the cabin by selecting between ‘balanced’ or ‘powerful’ using the buttons placed on the steering wheel or the center console.
According to Santosh Iyer, the Managing Director and CEO of Mercedes-Benz India, the introduction of the AMG GT 63 E Performance enables the company to provide their discerning customers with the most desirable high-end vehicles from their global lineup. The E Performance model is a transition of the AMG performance DNA into an electrified future, solidifying Mercedes AMG’s position as the “performance brand of the future” for these customers.
In terms of performance, the manufacturer says that the model has a top speed of 316 kmph, and goes from 0 to 100 kmph in just 2.9 seconds. The car comes with features such as two 12.4-inch screens, one each for a digital instrument console and an infotainment system. It also gets the ultra-light lithium-ion 6 kWh unit that is used by the Mercedes-AMG F1 team. Additionally, there is a multi-function steering wheel with shortcut dials and a toggle to enhance or subdue the sound via the steering wheel or the central console.
Overall, the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance is a powerful and luxurious plug-in hybrid car that combines the best of both worlds. With its understated exterior design, hybrid-specific data, and customizable sound experience, this car is a great option for those looking for a high-performance luxury vehicle with an eco-friendly twist.