Plug-in hybrid super sedan en route

A new generation of Mercedes-Benz S-Class started selling last year, but the most versions Motor authority Readers will be interested, the Mercedes-Benz AMG S63, was significantly missing.

This is because some major changes have been made to AMG’s full-size super sedan, a prototype that has been seen again. The tester has all the signature AMG markings, such as four square-shaped exhaust tips, low suspension and a performance tire and brake package.

This time, though, the S63 will become a plug-in hybrid, perhaps because it has a S63 E performance badge, and may eventually be paired with a new S63S E performance instead of the old V-12-powered S65. Importantly, both variants will have the same V-8-based plug-in hybrid system.

The setup features a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 on the front and an electric motor on the rear axle, where the drive is driven by four wheels. The setup debuted at the 2023 AMG GT 63S E Performance 4-door coupe, where it delivers a maximum of 843 hp.

Mercedes-AMG E Performance

Mercedes-AMG E Performance

The S63 E should have a version with about 700 hp of performance, which comes from a 134 hp electric motor. Potential S63S E performance will get a full 843 hp, its electric motor will generate 204 hp. The former S63 came with 603 hp and the former S65 came with 621 hp, so we should look at a huge step up in performance. A pure electric range is also possible with the new plug-in hybrid setup.

There will be a weight penalty due to all the extra hardware, but the performance of the new S63 E performance should match or exceed the outgoing model, with less emissions. The last S63 could hit 62 mph from rest in just 3.5 seconds and top out at a controlled 186 mph (155 mph standard).

2023 Mercedes-Benz AMG S63E Performance Spy Shot - Photo Credit: S.  Baldauff / SB-Median

2023 Mercedes-Benz AMG S63E Performance Spy Shot – Photo Credit: S. Baldauff / SB-Median

2023 Mercedes-Benz AMG S63E Performance Spy Shot - Photo Credit: S.  Baldauff / SB-Median

2023 Mercedes-Benz AMG S63E Performance Spy Shot – Photo Credit: S. Baldauff / SB-Median

2023 Mercedes-Benz AMG S63E Performance Spy Shot - Photo Credit: S.  Baldauff / SB-Median

2023 Mercedes-Benz AMG S63E Performance Spy Shot – Photo Credit: S. Baldauff / SB-Median

Although AMG no longer offers the V-12, S-Class buyers looking for a larger engine can still opt for the latest Maybach S-Class.

Here in the United States, the latest S-Class is currently available in S500 and S580 grades, while the Maybach S-Class is available in S580 and S680 grades. One with the Maybach S680 V-12.

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