This is the 802 horsepower Mercedes-AMG S 63 E Performance
What a time to be alive. This is a plug-in hybrid Mercedes-Benz S-Class that does 0-100km/h in 3.3 seconds, which we’re sure no one asked for. But the engineers at Mercedes-AMG have gone and done it anyway.
So we’ll give you the headline facts and figures because we’re contractually obligated to gush over things with high horsepower.
The Mercedes-AMG S 63 E Performance is the most powerful S-Class that the brand has ever built (and the third most powerful Mercedes production car in existence), with a combined output of 802 horsepower and a stratospheric torque figure of 1430Nm from its PHEV powertrain.
That power comes courtesy of AMG’s 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8, combined with electronic wizardry from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 car.
Said wizardry is charged by way of a 3.7kW AC charger and includes a 13.1kWh battery pack and a 190hp/320Nm electric motor with a 2-speed transmission mounted in the rear which contributes to the ludicrous 1430Nm combined torque output.
On its own, the 4.0-litre engine churns out 612 of the total 802 horsepower tally. But Mercedes says that the battery pack can dispense 70kW of continuous mechanical power and provide up to 140kW of peak power in bursts of 10 seconds, which gives the S63 E Performance its 3.3 second 0-100km/h sprint time. Again, ludicrous figures for a 2,595kg luxury saloon.
Thankfully, Mercedes hasn’t gone so far off the reservation to turn the S 63 E Performance into a stripped-out performance, so the luxury aspects we know and love about the W223 S-Class are still clear and present. Miles of ambient lighting, massive screens (no hyperscreen like the EQS AMG or EQE AMG, sadly), nappa leather upholstery and reclining rear seats. The usual Sonderklass shtick, with multimedia screens attached to the backrests.
But again, allow us to reiterate; it’s an S-Class with 802 horsepower and 1430Nm of torque. If or when it does come to Singapore, the S 63 E Performance could cost upwards of S$800,000 or even S$900,000. But hey, you could save some money on petrol by driving in all-electric mode... for 33 kilometres on a full charge.
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