Mercedes AMG GT 63 S E Performance Review

The Mercedes AMG GT 63 S E Performance (yeah, that's the full name), is AMG’s first plug-in hybrid or PHEV. 

The plug-in system, however, isn’t here for efficiency. The electric motor delivers 204hp of extra kick. 

It is integrated with the rear axle and runs a lively 400-volt architecture for speedy transfer of electrons. 

In addition, it uses a two-speed gearbox so that it can deliver effective E-boost at both low and high road speeds.

The heart of the car still remains the legendary M177 twin-turbo 4.0 V8. It sends power to both front and rear axles via the nine-speed automatic gearbox. 

To hasten shifts, AMG’s Speedshift MCT uses a wet clutch instead of a slower but smoother torque converter. The wet clutch suffers from less friction and wear than a dry clutch. 

Also upgraded is the air suspension. It uses multi-chamber springs and includes ‘independent’ damper control where individual valves control compression and rebound. 

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