The new Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance is the brand’s latest version of the AMG GT 63 and it’s also the most powerful AMG product ever made, all thanks to hybrid power. Along with the typical 4.0 liter twin-turbo AMG V8 is a permanent-magnet electric motor, combined with a two-speed gearbox, at the rear axle. The combined system power output is an astonishing 831 horsepower and 1,082 lb-ft of torque.
Thanks to 4Matic+ all-wheel drive, AMG claims a 0-60 mph time of 2.9 seconds. Considering the current AMG GT 63 S 4-Door is faster than that already, expect somewhere closer to 2.5 seconds.
There’s no question now; AMG’s competitors need to go hybrid. Mercedes-AMG just threw down the gauntlet. A super sedan with over 1,000 lb-ft of near-instantaneous torque is almost unheard of and it will likely be the fastest car in the segment until someone else puts out its own hybrid or electric performance car.
Of course, BMW M and Audi Sport have been working on hybrid tech for awhile now. Neither has put out a product, though. The real power move would be for BMW to make the next M5 entirely electric.