Mercedes is going to release an S-Class performance PHEV

Mercedes-AMG is now also utilising the technology in the S-Class. The matching variant is named the Mercedes-AMG S 63 E Performance and boasts a system output of 590 kW.

Since the S-electric Class's powertrain is paired with a 4.0-litre V8, it produces 90 kW more than the C 63 S E Performance.

In AMG's March 2021 hybrid architecture, the rear-mounted 140 kW electric motor is named the P3 setup. The electric motor, two-speed gearbox, and rear-axle limited-slip differential are incorporated into a small Electric Drive Unit (EDU).

The EDU avoids the nine-speed gearbox of the combustion engine, where the electric motors are generally located in plug-in hybrids. AMG expects this to maximize “torque of both drives”. AMG's press release also touts the P3 layout's benefits.

The hollow rotor with permanent magnets fits around the left rear wheel output shaft. Power electronics on the EDU transform accelerator pedal commands into a PSM-compatible current source for the electric motor.

The S 63 E Performance uses HPB130, whereas the AMG C-Class uses HPB80 with 6.1 kWh of energy. With 13.1 kWh, it supplies more than twice as much energy and is claimed to enable a totally electric range of 33 kilometres. Charging, by the way, takes happen with a maximum of 3.7 kW.

The PHEV powertrain prioritizes performance over electric range, therefore the battery is "built for quick power production and absorption and not for the longest potential range".

Each of the 560 cells is directly cooled to preserve performance under severe load, with maximum power output during acceleration and frequent power consumption during recuperation in the braking zones.

With 590 kW of system power and 1,430 Nm of system torque, the car sets “new norms in the segment”, according to the Mercedes statement. 3.3 seconds to 100 km/h and 290 km/h optional top speed.

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