Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe 63S E Performance Review

I first drove a Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe at an international press launch in Austin, Texas, in 2019. The Americas circuit that also passes Formula 1 and its surrounding area is a 5.5km long 20-turn circuit designed by Hermann Tilke. In particular, the combination of left and right curves in the first section was impressive. Especially behind the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupé 63 S, I was able to keep the track on track with tremendous effort. Not because the twin-turbo 4-liter V8 produces a maximum output of 639hp for a maximum torque of 900Nm, but because it tries to keep its 2.1 tonnes on the track. It’s fun, but a little scary. But everything can be improved. Or made it more dangerous along the way. The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupé 63 S was recently launched in the E Performance trim, and the plug-in hybrid powertrain claims 847 PS of system output and 1,470 Nm of maximum torque. The current speed is 316 km/h. In addition, the battery increases the vehicle’s weight by up to 2.4 tonnes….Glop. The plug-in hybrid powertrain of the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe 63 SE Performance doesn’t claim to make this powerful sedan much more economical. As is the case with the new C 63 AMG, power delivers performance. The energy-dense battery has a capacity of 6.1 kWh and charges and discharges at lightning speed, so it consumes very little power. This is in contrast to many plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) that do not use batteries. I live in the city center of Antwerp and engine noise doesn’t suit me there. It’s great to be able to roam a small street that only relies on electricity to keep pedestrians and cyclists in place. But once you’re behind the walls, you don’t have to hear the absurdly wide tires rolling anymore. Because this is the moment when the V8 regains its say. This beast is also an aesthetically pleasing combination of power and elegance that the Porsche Panamera lacks. I’ve always been a fan of the wide rear with a narrow headlight unit, but this time I’m particularly drawn to the pretty rims of the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupé 63 SE Performance. Even if you find your way through a maze of choices, the interior is also a feast for the senses. I had no idea what role the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe was supposed to play in the lineup. Especially since the portfolio already had a competitor to the Panamera in the elegant CLS form, which can also be ordered as an AMG. Yes? Now, you won’t hear me complaining about the added presence of a model that balances elegant lines and high performance. What I’m complaining about is its ridiculously long name. First of all, it’s a 5 door, not a 4 door. And it’s definitely not a coupe. The plug-in hybrid powertrain of the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupé 63 SE Performance is impressively advanced. At least because 1 + 1 quickly becomes 3 when working hand in hand. Gearbox malfunction and electronic failure. Stopping and restarting the machine usually gave me comfort. But not for cars over €200,000. During the test, the weather was not fantastic. The climate at this time was often wet rather than dry and very cold. It’s a difficult condition to match with the crazy power the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupé 63 SE Performance draws from its plug-in hybrid powertrain. The four-wheel-drive active chassis has transmissions, electronic driving aids, and all sorts of adjustment options used to calibrate the 4Matic all-wheel drive, but I’ve been driving with my buttocks for almost a week. Sometimes I slide straight for a while and then my back suddenly loses grip. Transmitting even a fraction of its performance potential on the runway actually had to start working. It’s fun when it hits the blade through its teeth, but it’s quite intimidating for everyday travel. The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupé 63 SE Performance is an impressive car. Stylish and elegant like a luxury limousine, menacing and overwhelming like a super sports car. But the balance between these two worlds doesn’t suit me very well. I’d rather drive a dynamic and powerful limousine than a sports car that pulls 2.4 tons and constantly challenges reflexes. That’s not to say I didn’t like it. I particularly like the flashy revs and the roaring V8, the high-tech powertrain and elegant luxury. But for the most part, the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupé 63 SE Performance has been the devilish diva to seduce and intimidate you. Driving is often like playing a risky game.
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