Mercedes-AMG S63 is coming soon with a snarling V8 hybrid

AMG almost has its new, more powerful version of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class just a few months ago.

The prototype was photographed on public roads and at Nurburgring by our photographers. It is clearly identified as the Affalterbach-fettled vehicle by its unique grille and sports wheels. The car’s exterior camouflage is light and the interior is ready for production, indicating that a reveal will be made in just a few months.

The S63 will retain the same tech-heavy interior as the previous-generation model, and the overall proportions of this luxury-focused car. However, it will get significant chassis tweaks along with a more powerful engine that will be exclusive hybridized for this iteration.

There are two plug-in AMG-badged versions, each powered by the same twin-turbocharged 4-litre V8 engine that powers the GT supercar and GLE63 performance SUV. For a combined output of 700bhp, the standard S63e 4Matic+ will mate with a 134bhp electrical motor. A more powerful range-topper, a 201bhp uprated electric motor, will increase overall output to 831bhp. This motor is already used in the GT 63 S E Performance.

Although it is not clear which model was spotted, visual differences between these performance duos are unlikely to be significant, just like the E53 and E63 models based on AMG’s E Class-based E53 and E63.

This generation will see the end of the S65, and the V12 engine will only be available in the Maybach-badged S-Class and GLS SUVs. The S65 Final Edition was launched by Mercedes in 2019, as the S-Class’s previous-generation model ceased production. It took with it the 12-cylinder engine, marking the end of nearly 30 years of V12-powered models other than Maybach.