Plug-in hybrid it might be, however the newest S63 nonetheless adheres to the AMG flagship standards: massive V8, large energy, outrageous luxurious. Affalterbach isn’t giving up on that simply but, even with AMG EVs chomping on the bit to imagine top-dog standing. In case you missed all the information on the primary E-Performance S-Class, see right here – the necessary takeaways are 802hp, 3.3 seconds to 62mph, 2,595kg and 64mpg.
Now there’s one other massive quantity so as to add: a listing value in Germany of €208,392.80, or simply about £183,000. We’d count on a UK RRP approaching £200okay when it goes on sale right here. The automotive seen right here is the usual S63; as has develop into AMG custom, there will probably be an Edition 1 supplied, although it’s not confirmed whether or not that can come to the UK but.
That model will get 21-inch solid cross-spoke AMG wheels instead of the usual 20s, Manufaktur alpine gray paint, a regular AMG Exterior Night Package, Edition 1 logos, pink accents and even a bespoke automotive cowl to guard the S63 from mud and scratches within the storage.
The Edition 1 automotive cowl isn’t an possibility out there to consumers of the usual automotive, however there’s lots extra out there on the extras record. Even in euros, it’s very straightforward to think about the S63 changing into a £200okay automotive within the UK if it isn’t to start out with. Raising the pace restrict to 290km/h (180mph) is €2,261, slowing it down once more with ceramic brakes is €8,925, and you may’t have these with out the €3,808 21-inch wheels… It’s going to get costly.
The S63 E-Performance will roll off the Factory 56 meeting line in Sindelfingen, a Mercedes manufacturing facility that opened in 2020 and which additionally makes the EQS 53; having the ability to incorporate a V8 hybrid supersaloon right into a facility making – amongst different issues – an EV flagship is sort of intelligent. As you believe you studied the S63 may be, with active-roll stabilisation, rear-axle steering, the F1 tech within the hybrid system and one thing referred to as Pre-Safe Impulse Side. It actually goes to be jam-packed with tech, as is S63 custom.
Speaking of custom, it’d be impolite to not have a fast have a look at previous S-Class AMGs with a brand new one imminent. Like so many giant, quick saloons, they depreciate wickedly, which solely serves to make them extra tempting down the road. Those joyful to take a 4.0-litre S63 with out the hybrid increase may be intrigued by this one, like another S-Class in silver but boasting greater than 600hp; the earlier 5.5 may be purchased for as little as £35okay. And these nonetheless pining for a V12 want look no additional than right here – what a option to spend £110,000 a protracted wheelbase S65 may be.