Mercedes-AMG GT 63 SE Performance ‘F1 Edition’: an ode to hybrid racing technology

The Mercedes team has been the absolute dominator in the hybrid era of Formula 1. The German team has won eight constructors’ championships in a row between 2014 and 2021, which have won 7 world championships for its drivers in that period ( 6 for Lewis Hamilton and 1 for Nico Rosberg). And the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 SE Performance ‘F1 Edition’ It is a tribute to all those successes, a street car with plug-in hybrid technology derived directly from what was learned in Formula 1, and with very special details.

Mercedes is celebrating this year the 55th anniversary of AMG, its sportiest brand or division. A series of models with the surname ‘Edition 55’ to which the most powerful of them all is now added, a tribute to the past and the future, with electrification by flag. The ‘F1 Edition’ version of the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 SE Performance, the most powerful road-going Mercedes ever made.

The ‘F1 Edition’ is recognizable at first sight by the paint on its body, a combination in color alpine gray ‘MANUFAKTUR’ with AMG logo on the lower body, with a gray to black gradient, and red accents on the front splitter, side skirts and rear bumper. The wheels are forged, 21 inches in diameter and painted in matt black with a red rim, the same color combination as the wheels of the official Formula 1 medical car.

Mercedes-AMG GT 63 SE PERFORMANCE F1 Edition
The ‘F1 Edition’ is easily distinguished by its alpine gray ‘MANUFAKTUR’ color with the AMG logo.

In addition to the specific aesthetics, this ‘F1 Edition’ version comes with a specific aerodynamic package that increases negative lift (downforce) while reducing drag, according to Mercedes. The AMG aerodynamics package includes a fixed rear spoiler, a diffuser integrated into the rear bumper, a larger front splitter, deflector elements on the air intakes and front wheel arches, and deflectors on the rear wing air outlets. All of this is seasoned with night packagewhich paints elements such as the exterior mirrors, the front grille, the window frames or the exhaust pipes in black.

As with the G-Class, A-Class and CLA ‘Edition 55’ models, the inside is characterized by combination of black and red. We have AMG Performance seats with Exclusive nappa leather upholstery in black with red accent stitching, red seat belts and AMG carbon fiber trim. The AMG Performance steering wheel in nappa leather/DINAMICA microfibre also has red decorative stitching and the sill trim strips with “AMG” lettering are illuminated in red. This model also has an exclusive ‘F1 Edition’ badge inside, specific AMG mats and Mercedes includes with the car a cover -for interiors- personalized with the F1 logo.

Mercedes-AMG GT 63 SE PERFORMANCE F1 Edition
Mercedes-AMG GT 63 SE Performance ‘F1 Edition’.

In the mechanical section there are no changes, nor does it need to be done. The Mercedes-AMG GT 63 SE Performance ‘F1 Edition’ is the most powerful production model manufactured by AMG thanks to a plug-in hybrid system that combines a 4.0 V8 biturbo gasoline engine with 639 HP of power, an electric motor on the rear axle with 204 hp and a very powerful AMG High Performance battery with 6.1 kWh capacity. In total, the car has a whopping 843 CV of maximum power and 1,470 Nm of torque, which allow you to do 0-100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds. Perhaps you are already imagining it, but I confirm it: in this car, the hybrid system is not there to reduce consumption but to increase performance.

This ‘F1 Edition’ version has an extra cost -in Germany- of 23,800 euros compared to the base model. If we add it to the base price of the model, the result is 222,815 euros. There are no prices for Spain yet, but considering that, in our country, the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 SE Performance starts from 230,000 euros, the ‘F1 Edition’ variant will be close to 260,000 euros.

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