It’s fair to say that the new Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance is something of a record-breaker.
The stats - as well as the £173,655 price tag - are somewhat eye-watering.
The regular GT 63 S four door coupe has significant power of 639 hp and can hit 62 mph from a standing start in just 3.2 seconds.
This new ‘Performance’ model, however, doesn’t just up the ante, it obliterates it. Power - courtesy of a 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine and an electric motor - jumps up to a colossal 843 hp, the torque is a barely conceivable 1,400 Nm, while the 0-62 mph acceleration time shrinks to just 2.9 seconds.
There is simply nothing quite like the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance in its segment, though the Porsche Panamera Turbo S e-Hybrid might be an attractive alternative.
The Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance has a top speed of 196 mph while it’ll hit 124 mph in less than 10 seconds.
Yet despite the all-wheel-drive 4MATIC+ system, the hybrid wizardry means that you can still expect almost 36 miles to the gallon and it’ll emit 180g/km of CO2. It also has an electric-only range of around 7.5 miles.
As you might expect, the equipment on offer as standard is extensive.
You get sophisticated ‘AMG RIDE CONTROL+’ suspension, which adjusts the damping force for each wheel to suit the situation in just a few milliseconds.
The ‘AMG DYNAMIC SELECT’ drive programmes are used to pre-select the basic set-up - from ‘Sport+’ mode for particularly dynamic driving to the ‘Comfort’ setting for smooth gliding.
The tuning can be adjusted in three stages independently of the drive programs via a button, while you can also make tweaks to the all-wheel drive and the electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential to ‘increase agility without negatively affecting the vehicle's stability’.
Stopping the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance is a ceramic high-performance compound braking system, while 21-inch AMG forged wheels also come as standard.
A Mercedes-AMG spokesperson adds:
“The standard panoramic roof lets plenty of light into the vehicle interior. Thanks to highlights such as the sports seats in Exclusive nappa leather in two-tone titanium grey pearl/black with yellow contrasting topstitching or the optional AMG Performance seats, as well as the AMG trim elements in black piano-lacquer look or, on request, carbon, an unfiltered motorsport atmosphere prevails here.”
The Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance can be ordered now, with customer deliveries starting in April.
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