The new range-topping Mercedes-AMG S63 has been spotted testing. This V8 uber-saloon is expected to come with a new hybrid variant when it goes on sale in 2021.
The all-new, ultra-high-tech, seventh-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class was unveiled earlier this year and a high-performance AMG version has been spotted undergoing testing. It marks a departure for Mercedes’ in-house tuners because it’s AMG’s first plug-in hybrid.
Like so many other AMG products, the S-Class will be powered by a twin-turbo, 4.0-litre V8 engine. Where it differs from other 63 models (including the AMG C63, E63 and G63), though, is that it’ll also feature an electric motor for the first time. It’s known that the car will feature 4Matic+ four-wheel-drive.
Early reports suggest that the electric motor in the S63e will produce around 136hp, combining with the engine to produce more than 700hp. A more powerful version will also be offered, possibly badged S73e, featuring a 204hp electric motor, which will boost the total output to more than 800hp.
No performance figures have been announced, but you can expect the S63e to dispatch the 0-60mph sprint in the low three-second range. It’s possible that the S73e could dip below the three-second mark, despite likely weighing in the order of 2.5 tonnes.
Despite the heavy camouflage worn by the prototype in the images here, you can clearly see that the new AMG S-Class will feature similar visual tweaks over the standard S-Class as other AMG models.
Up front, there’s a huge mesh grille and a deeper bumper with a lip spoiler and assorted air intakes that’ll give it a much more aggressive look than the standard S-Class. Big multi-spoke wheels, deeper side skirts, a rear diffuser and a quartet of exhaust pipes are clear to see as well.
The regular S-Class heaves under the weight of high-tech gadgets designed to make it uber comfortable and relaxing to drive. Four-wheel-steering and adaptive suspension connected to scanners mounted in the nose of the car, see to that.
AMG’s chassis engineers will leverage all that tech – and no doubt add some tricks involving the electric motors – to allow the S-Class to get down a twisty road indecently quickly for such a big car.
The interior will feature Mercedes’ voice-controlled MBUX infotainment system in its most advanced form, and there’ll be massaging seats, multi-colour ambient lighting and a thumping, crystal-clear stereo.
The old Mercedes- AMG S63 cost £125,000, while the now-discontinued V12-powered S65 cost £186,000. We expect prices for the new AMG S-Class to be in the same ballpark, with a similar difference in price between the S63e and S73e. Both should go on sale in 2021.
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