First Mercedes-AMG production hybrid presented
Daimler’s daughter Mercedes-AMG has just presented its new and first so-called performance hybrid. The GT 63 S E Performance is the most powerful series-production car coming out of the AMG plant in Affalterbach (Germany).
According to Mercedes, the car benefits from the experience gathered in Formula One. The 4-door sedan has a classical layout with the 4-liter V8 ICE engine in the front and an electromotor annex battery in the rear.
620 kW and 1 400 Nm
The combined system output of the two engines is an impressive 620 kW/843 hp, with a maximum torque of 1 400 Nm. The electromotor delivers 150 kW/204 hp and gets its electric power from a specially developed high-performance battery (HPB) based on the technology used in the F1.
It combines high power with low weight, has a capacity of 6,1 kWh, and delivers continuous power of 70 kW and peak power of 150 kW (during 10 seconds). A weight of 89 kg and direct cooling by a special fluid of all 560 cells enables a power density of 1,7 kW/kg, almost doubling conventional batteries.
Acceleration to 100 kph takes 2,9 seconds; 200 kph is reached in less than 10 seconds. The new AMG showpiece stops accelerating only at 316 kph. For comfortable and efficient electric cruising, the electromotor is coupled to a two-gear transmission.
The consumption figures for this sophisticated rocket on wheels are an average 8,6 l/100 km consumption of gasoline and weighted electricity consumption of 10, 3 kWh/100 km. The combined and weighted official CO2 emission is fixed at 196 g/km.
The driver of this new Mercedes-AMG flagship can choose between seven typical Dynamic Select driving modes: electric, comfort, sport, sport+, race, slippery, and individual. They program important features like drive response, steering characteristics, damping and suspension, sound, etc. Energy recuperation can also be chosen between 4 levels.
“With the new Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance, we transport our brand into an electrified future,” says Philippe Schiemer, President of the Board of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “We follow our own technical path, typical to AMG. With this new concept, we want to reach new target groups and be experienced as the brand for combining luxury and performance.”
“The layout with the ICE engine in front and the electric drive in the back offers a lot of advantages,” says Jochen Hermann, Technical General Manager at AMG. “We have an optimal weight distribution, optimal use of torque, and rapid power delivery, delivering drive dynamics of the highest level.”