Mercedes-AMG has introduced its first performance hybrid vehicle, which is said to draw on Formula 1 technology.
To give it its full name, the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance uses a V8 petrol engine that works with an electric motor and battery on the rear axle, which are developed in-house.
It is the most powerful production vehicle to come from AMG, making 831bhp and 1,400Nm of torque.
The result is a 0-60mph time of 2.7 seconds, while 124mph comes up in under 10 seconds and the top speed is 196mph.
Mercedes says the battery takes inspiration from F1 with its fast power delivery, while the motor provides instant torque to the rear wheels. It’s also said to have twice the power density of a regular battery and can be charged through a 3.7kW on-board charger.
The E Performance can only travel around seven miles on electric-only, as this performance hybrid is focused more on delivering a power boost to the petrol engine than improving fuel economy and providing a long electric range.
That said, its economy figures are reasonable for a car with this power output, registering about 33mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 196g/km.
There are seven drive modes that vary from comfort to sport settings, as well as locking the car in electric mode if there’s enough battery charge available. Drivers can also choose the sound they want at higher speeds, too.
There are also four levels of regeneration available, which dictates how much the motor slows the car and therefore how much energy is fed back into the battery. The driver can choose from Level 0, which has no regeneration, to Level 3, which allows for ‘one pedal driving’.
Philipp Schiemer, chairman of the board of management of Mercedes-AMG, said: “With the new Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance we are transporting our brand DNA into an electrified future.
“In doing so, we are following our own technical path, which is what has always made AMG so special and desirable.
“Developed entirely in [Mercedes-AMG’s HQ in] Affalterbach, the performance hybrid offers a fascinating level of driving dynamics and rightly bears our new technology label E Performance.”