1991 Mercedes-Benz 300SL
Full press release: The S-Class from Mercedes-AMG: Perfect synthesis of comfort and dynamism with E PERFORMANCE
The S-Class has always played an important role for Mercedes-AMG. More than 50 years ago, the founders proved they could transform a luxury sedan into a very sporty vehicle with the Swabian spirit of innovation. The performance and sports car brand from Affalterbach set its first milestone in 1971 with the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG. Today, the new Mercedes-AMG S 63 E PERFORMANCE with AMG performance hybrid technology once again sets the benchmark in the segment. The E PERFORMANCE model combines the Handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 Biturbo engine with an AMG-specific hybrid powertrain and a new expansion stage of the AMG high-performance battery (HPB). The new HPB 150 is based on the high- performance and directly cooled battery cells of the well-known HPB 80. The energy content increases from 6.1 kWh in the HPB 80 to 13.1 kWh in the HPB 150.
- Performance hybrid with Formula 1™ technology transfer to new Mercedes-AMG S 63 E PERFORMANCE
- Improved AMG high-performance battery with 13.1 kWh capacity
- Handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 Biturbo engine at the front and electric motor at the rear axle for 791 hp combined output – the most powerful S-Class of all time
- Active roll stabilization and active rear-axle steering fitted standard
- AMG-specific radiator grille featured on the performance luxury sedan for the first time
The focus of the powertrain, however, is less on electric range and more on best-in-class performance. With a combined system output of 791 hp and 1,055 lb-ft, the AMG S 63 E PERFORMANCE sets new standards in the segment. The acceleration from 0 to 60 mph takes just 3.2 seconds (est.) and the 180 mph top speed underline dynamic driving performance. Systems such as the AMG RIDE CONTROL+ suspension, AMG ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL roll stabilization, and rear-axle steering – all fitted standard – ensure a wide spread between driving dynamics and comfort.
"The S-Class has always had a very special meaning for us. In 1971, it made the AMG brand famous overnight with its legendary appearance in the Spa 24-hour race. This was undoubtedly an important foundation for our rise as a performance and sports car brand with global significance. With E PERFORMANCE, we are now opening a new chapter: Never before has a luxury sedan so perfectly combined best-in-class performance with superior comfort and virtually silent electric driving. In this way, we are also opening up to highly discerning target groups who see Mercedes-AMG as the performance luxury brand of the 21st century. With the most powerful S-Class of all time, however, we are not only going our own technical way, as is characteristic of AMG, but also making a strong visual statement. For the first time, the S-Class Sedan also has our AMG-specific radiator grille, so the brand affiliation is closer than ever before."
– Philipp Schiemer, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH
"With our unique E PERFORMANCE in the AMG S-Class, we are also setting another technological milestone in electrification in this segment. Our exclusive high-performance battery is used in the S 63 with a significantly higher capacity than previously known, which increases the electric range. The performance hybrid layout with a combustion engine at the front and an electric drive unit at the rear axle not only offers a superior driving experience, but also significantly increases efficiency. The optimized weight distribution, best possible utilization of torque and the very responsive power delivery promise driving dynamics and driving refinement at the highest level. In addition to the technically sophisticated powertrain, we also pulled out all the stops with the suspension to achieve the greatest possible spread between comfort and driving dynamics. For example, the combination of air suspension, rear-axle steering and active roll stabilization is on board for the first time in an AMG S-Class."
– Jochen Hermann, Technical General Manager of Mercedes-AMG GmbH
Mercedes-AMG S 63 E PERFORMANCE
*U.S.-specific figures to be announced closer to launch
Hybrid system Layout P3: combustion engine in front, electric motor at rear axle System output hp 791 System torque lb-ft 1,055 Energy capacity kWh 13.1 Electric range mi TBA Combustion engine Number of cylinders/arrangement
Displacement cc 3,982 Rated output hp 603 at engine speed rpm 5,500-6,500 Rated torque lb-ft 664 at engine speed rpm 2,500-4,500 Compression ratio 8.6:1 Mixture formation Direct gasoline injection, two turbochargers Electric motor Type Permanently excited synchronous motor Rated output hp 188 Rated torque lb-ft 236 Power transmission Drive system AMG Performance 4MATIC+ fully variable all-wheel drive Transmission AMG SPEEDSHIFT® MCT 9G
(automatic transmission with wet multi-disc start-off clutch)
Gear ratios 1st/2nd/3rd/4th/5th/6th/7th/ 8th/9th gear :1 5.35/3.24/2.25/1.64/1.21/1.00/0.87/0.72/0.60 Reverse :1 4.80 Suspension Front axle AMG RIDE CONTROL+ air suspension with adaptive adjustable damping and
AMG ACTIVE CONTROL active roll stabilization
Rear axle AMG RIDE CONTROL+ air suspension with adaptive adjustable damping, AMG
ACTIVE CONTROL active roll stabilization and active rear-axle steering
AMG high-performance composite braking system, front 15.7x1.5 in (400x38 mm) internally ventilated and perforated brake discs, 6-piston aluminum fixed caliper; rear 15x1.3 in (380x32 mm) internally ventilated and perforated brake discs, 1-piston aluminum floating caliper; electric parking brake, ABS, Brake
Assist, 3-stage ESP®
Steering Electromechanical speed-sensitive power steering with rack and pinion system,
variable steering ratio (13.6:1 at dead center) and variable power assistance
Wheels, standard front: 9.5Jx20H2 ET33.5 | rear: 10.5Jx20H2 ET50 Tires, standard front: 255/45 ZR20 | rear: 285/40 ZR20 Dimensions Wheelbase in 126.6 Front / rear track in 65.8 / 64.6 Length / width / height in 210.1* / 75.6* / 59.6* Turning circle ft 40.4 Cargo capacity cu-ft 10.8* Fuel tank capacity gal 20.1 Performance Acceleration 0-60 mph s 3.2 est. Top speed mph 180