800-plus-hp tremendous hatch coming quickly

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Mercedes-Benz AMG is preparing a new plug-in hybrid version of its GT 4-door coupé.

Our espionage recordings and our video show a prototype of the AMG super hatch with a concealed flap on the rear fairing, which is located on the right under the taillight. The regular filler cap is located on the corresponding rear fender.

When the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Concept 2017 bowed as a preview of the GT 4-door coupé, the striking show car packed a powerful electrified V-8 under the bonnet. So far, such a powertrain has not taken shape, but that is about to change. In fact, AMG has already revealed this. It will debut later this year in this new GT 4-door coupe variant.

The electrified hatch will be positioned as a range topper in the GT 4-Door Coupé series, similar to how Porsche’s Panamera and Cayenne also offer plug-in hybrids as a top option. Expect the AMG to be named like the GT 73e, the little “e” that represents AMG’s new E Performance branding for electric cars.

The drivetrain, which replaces AMG’s earlier V-12 line, has been shown to have a 4.0-liter V-8 with two turbochargers and a 9-speed automatic at the front, as well as a single electric motor that is powered by a 2- Gear transmission is combined. A 6.1 kilowatt-hour battery will also remain charged to provide power during high-powered riding rather than an all-electric range, although electric mode will be possible. The drive takes place via a conventional all-wheel drive system to all four wheels.

The exact power has not been confirmed, but we know it will be at least 804 hp, with the electric motor producing 94 hp consistently and up to 201 hp in high load situations. The GT 4-door coupé is currently the leader with the GT 63 S with 630 hp. With over 800 horses, expect the super hatch to sprint to 60 mph in less than 3.0 seconds. The GT 63 S does it in 3.2 seconds.

Mercedes-AMG E performance

The plug-in hybrid system will eventually be transferred to other high-end models in the AMG range. AMG’s version of the new S-Class is likely to be the next recipient.

Avid buyers should expect a premium price for the added power of the powertrain. The GT 63 S starts at $ 159,995. For this kind of money, buyers could also opt for the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid or the battery-electric Porsche Taycan Turbo S and the new Tesla Model S Plaid +.

AMG still has no answer to the Taycan or the Model S Plaid +, but its first special electric vehicle is coming this year. It is based on the recently unveiled Mercedes EQS.

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