Mercedes-AMG to show 800bhp GT63 PHEV at Munich

AMG’s first plug in hybrid is revealed as Mercedes prepares for a plethora motor show unveilings

Mercedes-AMG showed a plug-in hybrid version the GT63 4-Door Coupe to the public before it was officially launched at the Munich motor show.

On social media, the front end of the range-topping performance saloon has been pictured along with confirmation that it will not be wrapped in its entirety on September 1, just before the show.

The first of a new series of plug-in hybrid Mercedes AMG models, the ‘GT73e’. It will be powered by an upgraded version of the GT63’s twin turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol motor, mated with an electric motor that promises a “significant” performance boost.

Autocar was previously informed by AMG sources that the GT73e’s motor will produce 201bhp, 268lb ft and more than 800 bhp.

The engine produces 639bhp in the GT63 S and 664lb.ft in it’s electrified version.

This model will be a competitor to the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. It will also command a premium than the non-electrified GT63. Prices are likely to rise to PS150,000.

It will also serve as the spiritual successor to AMG’s first model, the 300CE Hammer. This helped establish the company’s reputation for building high-end large saloons at supercar speed.

The P3 PHEV system of the model will also be used by the top-rung Mercedes-Benz S-Class models and the upcoming Merdedes-AMG SL grand touring car. It will also underpin the petrol-electric successor Merdedes-AMG C63 4Matic. This will see it used with a turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine rather than a large-capacity, V8.