New 2023 Mercedes-AMG GT tests 600kW-plus PHEV drivetrain

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mercedes amg gt 63e phev 13 e1652477420211Mercedes-AMG is developing the second-generation GT with an 600kW-plus plug-in hybrid drivetrain – and the first prototypes of the petrol-electric super-coupé have been spied testing on the Nürburgring.

Expected to see sales during the latter half of 2023, the GT63 E-Performance 4Matic will join the recently introduced Mercedes-AMG GT63 S E-Performance 4Matic 4-door and upcoming SL63 E-Performance 4Matic in a growing line-up of huge-output PHEV models from Mercedes-Benz’s performance car division.

mercedes amg gt 63e phev 1Mercedes-AMG is remaining tight-lipped on details to the new GT model, though its drivetrain is set to draw heavily on that of the GT63 E-Performance 4Matic 4-door with a front-mounted twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine and an electric motor sited within the rear axle assembly in combination with a 6.1kWh battery pack.

It remains to be seen whether the two-door coupé will receive the same 620kW and 1467Nm as its five-door liftback sibling, though the new range-topping GT model does appear certain to adopt AMG’s fully variable 4Matic+ four-wheel drive system, which is not offered on the existing rear-driven first-generation model.

mercedes amg gt 63e phev 3In the GT63 E-Performance 4Matic 4-door, the electric motor is tuned to deliver a maximum 150kW for short bursts of full throttle acceleration, with a milder 70kW of continuous electric drive available with sufficient battery energy reserves.  The overall electric range is put at 12.7 kilometres.

The so-called P3 system developed by Mercedes-AMG sees the reserves of the combustion engine channelled through a nine-speed MCT Speedshift automatic gearbox to all four wheels. The electric motor, meanwhile, sends drive through a two-speed gearbox directly to the rear wheels.

mercedes amg gt 63e phev 11Overall, the packaging of the electric motor, battery and power electronics add 460kg to the weight of the standard GT63S 4Matic 4-door. Despite the added weight, it is claimed to hit 100km/h in just 2.9sec and reach a top speed limited to 305km/h.

Jochen Hermann, head of Mercedes-AMG R&D operations, has already confirmed the seventh-generation SL will receive a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.

mercedes amg gt 63e phev 14The open-top SL and fixed-roof GT both share the platform, body structure and other components, ensuring the cost of development can largely be shared between the two. The key giveaway to the new GT model is the charging port located within the upper-right-hand section of the rear bumper of the prototype seen here. As with the GT 63 S E Performance, it is expected to allow charging at up to 3.6kW on an AC system.

Standard versions of the upcoming second-generation GT are set to run an updated version of the existing first-generation model’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine, the M177 as it is codenamed. In the recently introduced SL 63 4Matic+, it develops 430kW and 800Nm.

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