• Latest S 63 name plate adds two doors and hybrid setup to V8 power
  • Features front 4.0-litre V8 engine and rear-axle electric motor, for 791 hp combined 
  • In short: It’s a luxury car that’ll go from zero to 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds

Mercedes-AMG early December announced the latest version of its boss-moving S-Class, the 2023 S 63 E Performance, which uses a P3 Hybrid power system to make a total of 791 horsepower and 1,055 lb-ft of torque. 

The brand’s proven twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine connects to all four wheels via a nine-speed transmission, and works with the 13.1-kWh-battery-powered electric motor and electronically controlled limited-slip differential on the rear axle. With both sources pushing, the luxury sedan can move to 100 km/h from zero in 3.3 seconds. 

It being an S-Class, moving fast in a straight line with all the power isn’t exactly the game. Yes, the boss has places to be and people to see, but he’s also not about to get there just any old way. To live up to the S’ demands of convenience and comfort, the S 63 E packs rear-axle steering, active engine mounts, adaptive air suspension, and active roll stabilization, along with three levels of regenerative braking and an all-electric drive mode.

2023 mercedes-amg s 63 e performance adds hybrid power to luxe v8

2023 Mercedes-AMG S 63 E Performance Photo by Mercedes-AMG

2023 mercedes-amg s 63 e performance adds hybrid power to luxe v8

2023 Mercedes-AMG S 63 E Performance Photo by Mercedes-AMG

2023 mercedes-amg s 63 e performance adds hybrid power to luxe v8

2023 Mercedes-AMG S 63 E Performance Photo by Mercedes-AMG

2023 mercedes-amg s 63 e performance adds hybrid power to luxe v8

2023 Mercedes-AMG S 63 E Performance Photo by Mercedes-AMG

2023 mercedes-amg s 63 e performance adds hybrid power to luxe v8

2023 Mercedes-AMG S 63 E Performance Photo by Mercedes-AMG

2023 mercedes-amg s 63 e performance adds hybrid power to luxe v8

2023 Mercedes-AMG S 63 E Performance Photo by Mercedes-AMG

2023 mercedes-amg s 63 e performance adds hybrid power to luxe v8

2023 Mercedes-AMG S 63 E Performance Photo by Mercedes-AMG

2023 mercedes-amg s 63 e performance adds hybrid power to luxe v8

2023 Mercedes-AMG S 63 E Performance Photo by Mercedes-AMG

2023 mercedes-amg s 63 e performance adds hybrid power to luxe v8

2023 Mercedes-AMG S 63 E Performance Photo by Mercedes-AMG

And it has seven drive modes, which sounds like a surplus until you read the list – Individual, Electric, Battery Hold, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Slippery – and realize they all have their time and place. 

Mercedes’ most recent tech is all here, too, including active steering and drive assist, traffic-sign assist, blind-spot assist, evasive-steering assist, and active lane-change assist. 

Pricing and a timeline for delivery have yet to be announced. 

Coleman Molnar

Coleman Molnar learned to drive in his family’s rusty farm pickup as a teenager and continues the forearm-strengthening tradition today from behind the wheel of his 1983 Volkswagen Westfalia. Spot him in the slow lane, or on Instagram @Lietco

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