The 2024 SL63 S E Performance is the latest plug-in rocket ship from Mercedes-AMG, combining a V-8 engine and an electric motor for 805 horsepower.
With its plug-in hybrid powertrain, the 2024 Mercedes-AMG SL63 S E Performance can produce 805 hp and 1047 lb-ft of torque.
A rear-mounted electric motor and a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 provide this enormous power.
The SL63 S E Performance is expected to be priced above $200,000 when it is released next year.
You should become accustomed to seeing the “E Performance” label if you enjoy hefty Teutonic performance machines. The contentious four-cylinder C63 S E Performance is only the latest addition to Mercedes’ hybridizing AMG portfolio, which already includes V-8 powered plug-in variants of the S63 and GT63 S four-door. Coming next year to stores with an 805-horsepower hybrid motor, the 2024 Mercedes-AMG SL63 S E Performance is the most potent SL ever, making it the turn of the exquisite SL roadster.
Though they range in horsepower, all three E Performance hybrids powered by V-8 engines use a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 in conjunction with an electric motor mounted on the rear axle. An electric motor producing 201 horsepower boosts the SL’s total power output to an impressive 805 horsepower and 1047 pound-feet of torque, on top of the 603 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque produced by the eight-cylinder engine. Even with all that muscle, the SL isn’t as powerful as the 831-horsepower, 1082-pound-foot GT63 or the 1055-pound-foot S63, the next two models in Mercedes-AMG’s powertrain hierarchy.
The SL63 S E Performance, according to Mercedes, can sprint to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds. Their testing showed that the conventional 577-horsepower SL63 could reach 60 mph in under 3.0 seconds, so we think the estimate for the hybrid is conservative. If greater traction is required when tire slip is detected at the back, the power of the electric motor can be directed to the front axle using the 4Matic+ all-wheel-drive system.
Equipped with a limited-slip rear differential and a two-speed transmission, the vehicle features a permanently excited synchronous electric motor. According to Mercedes, it draws inspiration from lessons learned by the Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 team and is powered by a 6.1 kWh battery mounted above the back axle. It prioritizes quick power delivery over optimizing driving range. The electric driving range has not been announced by Mercedes, but we don’t expect it to go over 15 miles until the gas engine comes on. The vehicle can be charged using a 3.7 kW onboard AC charger. A button on the steering wheel allows the driver to choose between four levels of regenerative braking, the most extreme of which allows for one-pedal driving, similar to that of many electric vehicles.
A charge port located beneath the right-side taillight and grooved trapezoidal tailpipes are two minor differences between the E Performance and other AMG SL variants. There are “E Performance” decals on the front fenders and a red “SL63 S” decal on the back decklid. Wheels measuring 20 or 21 inches are available, and the infotainment system has screens tailored to hybrid vehicles.
As standard equipment, the hybrid SL includes rear-wheel steering and active roll stabilization. An optional aerodynamics kit for the SL63 S E Performance reduces front-axle lift by installing an underbody spoiler ahead of the engine that lowers by 1.6 inches at 50 mph, in addition to a retractable rear spoiler that helps produce downforce. Not only does the SL have energy regeneration, but it also has massive ceramic brakes to reduce speed. Up front, six-piston fixed calipers clamp 16.5-inch discs, and in the back, single-piston floating calipers operate with 15.0-inch discs.
Although Mercedes has not yet announced the price of the SL63 S E Performance, we are willing to wager that it will be more than $200,000, considering that the base price of the non-hybrid SL63 is $188,150. More details will be announced in the coming months, although sales will begin at an unspecified time next year.
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