Don't worry, there's still a twin-turbo V-8 under the hood.

Everyone’s favorite luxury rocket sedan is back, and it’s more capable than ever. The 2023 Mercedes-AMG S 63 E Performance uses a hybrid V-8 powertrain capable of 791 hp and 1055 lb-ft of torque, ranking it among the most powerful cars from the tri-star brand ever. It’s backed up by a host of chassis and technological innovations, promising both comfort and serious performance.

Think of the 2023 S 63 E Performance’s drivetrain as a bigger version of the system found in the C 63 S E Performance released earlier this year. Up front you’ll find AMG’s tried and true 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8, making 603 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque in this application. It’s connected to all four wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission and, at the rear, what Mercedes calls an electric drive unit. The unit consists of an electric motor where the rear axle would normally sit, stuffed with an electronically controlled limited-slip differential. It’s powered by a 13.1-kWh battery that also sits in the rear. Combined, both power sources can propel the S 63 to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds, onto an electronically limited top speed of 180 mph.

, 2023 Mercedes-AMG S 63 E Performance Is a Hybrid With 1055 Lb-Ft of Torque
Mercedes-Benz

Straight-line speed is only half the story, though. The 2023 S 63 E Performance comes standard with things like adaptive air suspension, active roll stabilization, active engine mounts, and rear axle steering to ensure all of that power doesn’t overwhelm the rest of the car, whether you’re cruising on the highway or carving up your favorite canyon road. There are six-piston AMG high-performance composite brakes up front, and a three-stage stability control system to cater to different driver skill levels.

If drive modes are your thing, you’ll like the S 63 E Performance. The big four-door has no fewer than seven: Electric, Comfort, Battery Hold, Sport, Sport+, Slippery, and Individual. Most of them are fairly self-explanatory, save for Battery Hold mode, which can keep the battery charged while still running both the gas and electric motors. From Mercedes:

The combustion engine and electric motor run situationally, as in the “Comfort” driving mode. The biggest difference is the operating strategy keeps the battery state of charge constant. For example, if the battery is at 75 percent charge, it remains in this range in “Battery Hold.” Use of the electric motor is then limited and optimized for low power consumption, which is compensated for by recuperation. Drivers can decide when to make full use of the battery charge again simply by changing the driving mode.

As with any new S-Class, the S 63 E Performance is stuffed with all the latest tech. The long list includes active distance assist, active steering assist, traffic sign assist, active lane keeping assist, active lane change assist, active emergency stop assist, attention assist, cross-traffic alerts, active blind spot assist, and even evasive steering assist, which Mercedes says can “support” drivers when they’re trying to avoid someone or something else in the road.

, 2023 Mercedes-AMG S 63 E Performance Is a Hybrid With 1055 Lb-Ft of Torque
Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes has yet to release pricing for the 2023 S 63 E Performance, though it’s safe to assume it’ll come with an MSRP nearing $200,000, going by the last S 63’s starting price. A spokesperson told Road & Track via email final pricing and availability will come at a later date.

Brian Silvestro Road & Track staff writer with a taste for high-mileage, rusted-out projects and amateur endurance racing.

TECH NEWS RELATED

3 Reasons to Pick the 2023 Lexus IS (And 3 to Choose Its Acura Competition Instead)

If you are shopping for a new luxury sedan, you are after a different level of comfort than the standard road car. In most cases, Lexus will top the charts regarding price, reliability, and available features. However, brands like Acura have made waves recently to punch above their weight and ...

View more: 3 Reasons to Pick the 2023 Lexus IS (And 3 to Choose Its Acura Competition Instead)

2023 Toyota Land Cruiser First Owner In India – Takes Delivery

As opposed to its predecessor, new Land Cruiser LC300 has shed 200 kg of weight, helping it to sprint better with modern powertrain options 2023 Toyota Land Cruiser – First Delivery Of India It was Toyota Land Cruiser LC300 that was supposed to launch first in India, Lexus LX 500d ...

View more: 2023 Toyota Land Cruiser First Owner In India – Takes Delivery

3 Most Reliable Lexus Models

While there are a few automotive brands out there known for being reliable, one of the top companies with several durable models in its lineup is Lexus. Which vehicles are the top three for being reliable rides? Why does reliability matter? Lexus logo | Getty Images When you buy a ...

View more: 3 Most Reliable Lexus Models

The Cheapest New Dodge Charger Is a Versatile Sedan Option With One Big Issue

The Dodge Charger offers everything from a sensible V6 and all-wheel drive to supercharged tail-happy sports sedans. Better yet, the cheapest offering in the model’s lineup, the SXT, is versatile and well-suited for daily driving. However, the 2023 Dodge Charger SXT has one glaring issue: it’ll be the last car ...

View more: The Cheapest New Dodge Charger Is a Versatile Sedan Option With One Big Issue

Cheapest New Audi Is 1 of the Best Small Luxury Cars, Says Car and Driver

Audi has a solid lineup of luxury vehicles — with their good driving dynamics, premium features, and attractive designs. Also, compared to some other luxury brands, Audi models are relatively affordable. This includes the 2023 Audi A3 subcompact sports sedan, which is the cheapest new Audi car. Also, according to ...

View more: Cheapest New Audi Is 1 of the Best Small Luxury Cars, Says Car and Driver

GM Just Announced An All-New Small-Block V8 Is Coming

The electrification zeitgeist is in full swing, but gasoline-powered engines won’t disappear overnight. Nor will V8 power, as GM just confirmed a new small-block V8 engine is coming soon. This will be the sixth generation of the legendary small-block V8 that has powered so many Chevy and GM products since ...

View more: GM Just Announced An All-New Small-Block V8 Is Coming

Best car tool kits 2023

Whether you're looking for an emergency set of basic tools or something more comprehensive, a good tool kit can save you lots of stress – but who makes the best?...

View more: Best car tool kits 2023

The Lectron Adapter Will Let You Charge a Ford Lighting at a Tesla Station

Electric vehicle charging ports are mess. Some use one type developed in Europe, others use a Japanese system, and then Teslas use their own. But, what about those who have access to a Tesla charger, but want to charge something else, like a Ford F-150 Lightning? The Ford F-150 Lightning ...

View more: The Lectron Adapter Will Let You Charge a Ford Lighting at a Tesla Station

How Much Does a Nissan Tune-up Cost, and What Do They Do?

How Does the New Corvette E-Ray Stack Up Against Hybrid Hypercars?

4 Snow Plow Safety Tips When Encountering These Vehicles on the Road

Alpine is Coming to the U.S, but it’s Not Bringing the Goods

What’s the Toyota Highlander Hybrid Towing Capacity?

1990s GMC Typhoon: There’s Never Been an SUV That Can Beat It

Your 2022 Ford Maverick Might Have Faulty Airbags

This Older Porsche Infotainment Upgrade Helps Modernize Your 911 and Cayenne

Only 1 Type of Buyer Should Even Consider the 2022 Jeep Compass

3 Most Common GMC Sierra 1500 Problems Reported by Hundreds of Real Owners

5 Used Cars with the Biggest Price Drops

Get $8 off flexible stand that mounts your MagSafe iPhone anywhere

OTHER TECH NEWS

Top Car News Car News