With a combination of four-door hatchback practicality and supercar DNA, the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S gives you high-performance thrills along with extra room for passengers. While it is not the only 4 door rocket ship offered by AMG and definitely not the only one in its segment, it makes a strong case for being the most radical. Its aggressive grille, sloping roofline, coupe-inspired design, front and rear sport seats and massive powerplant gives off a different impression. If that isn’t attention grabbing, then its $162,195 starting price should set an expectation of remarkability. Based on the E 63 S Wagon platform, the GT 63 S may not be the four-door version of the GT supercar that it is marketed as, but its performance proves that this beast is definitely worthy of the association.
The incredible thrust for the four-door coupe is provided by a handcrafted 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 that puts out a ground-pounding 630 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 664 lb-ft of torque between 2,500 and 4,500 rpm. Power is sent through a 9-speed multi-clutch transmission and delivered to all four-wheels by AMG’s Performance 4MATIC. An option to disengage the front axle for pure rear-wheel drive shenanigans is easily accessible with a few buttons. Standard performance features include rear-wheel steering and an electronic limited-slip differential, which provide extra precision and stability. For extra downforce and added grip on the track, AMG offers an Aerodynamics Package that swaps the standard adjustable rear wing for a fixed unit and adds a few other airflow-optimizing enhancements. Carbon-ceramic brakes and a carbon fiber roof can also be added for an additional cost.
Despite its weight, the GT 63 S can launch to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and top out at an electronically-limited 195 mph. While its performance figures are impressive by any measure, the GT 63 S is certainly not the quickest four-door in any of those metrics. Both the BMW M5 Competition and Porsche Panamera Turbo S have recorded quicker acceleration times in independent tests. However, its performance on the track is an entirely different story. In fact, the AMG hatchback holds the record for the fastest Nürburgring lap time in the Executive car class at 7:27.80. That time also makes it the second quickest four-door at the famed track, behind the Jaguar XE SV Project 8.
Along with ferocious track performance, the GT 63 S has a luxurious cabin that is loaded with premium materials and high-tech equipment. There is a nice blended design of modern racing character and elegance along with plenty of stitched Nappa leather and satin silver-chrome trim. Microsuede and carbon fiber interior options add to the cabin’s racy atmosphere. The six turbine-style dash vents provide a unique and interesting style. Heated and ventilated seats are standard, while a massaging option is available. Additional interior options include a heated steering wheel, heated front armrests, heated upper door panels and a cabin-air purification system.
Two adjoining 12.3-inch screens, one for the digital instrument cluster and one for the infotainment system, appear as one wide rectangular display that extends from the driver’s side of the dashboard to the center. The rear passengers get two individual seats with a center console between them, making this four-door a strict four-seater. All four of those seats include an aggressive sport design with high side bolsters. For an extra $3,550, Mercedes will add their Executive Rear Seat Package, which includes features such as heated and cooled cupholders, wireless charging and a central touchscreen display, all for the rear-cabin.
The GT 63 S is not subtle in design or character. It has an obvious abundance of performance, luxury and glitz. It can shuttle you to the race track in opulence and outperform every other car in its class in a glamorous way. While its style is a matter of opinion, its supercar ability is undeniable.
2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S
|PRICE||$162,195 (Starting MSRP)|
|BODY STYLE||4-door hatchback|
|ENGINE TYPE||4.0 liter twin-turbocharged and |
intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8
|POWER||630 hp @ 5.500 rpm|
|TORQUE||664 lb-ft @ 2,500 – 4,500 rpm|
|DRIVE TYPE||All-wheel drive|
|TRANSMISSION||9-speed multi-clutch automatic|
|GROUND CLEARANCE||4.6 in|
|TRUNK VOLUME||12.7 cu ft|
|CURB WEIGHT||4,758 lbs|
|WHEEL DIMENSIONS||20-in x 9.5 Front|
20-in x 11.0 Rear
|TIRE DIMENSIONS||265/40ZR-20 Front|
|0 – 60 MPH||3.1 sec|
|TOP SPEED||195 mph (electronically limited)|
|FUEL TANK CAPACITY||21.1 gal|
|EPA FUEL ECONOMY||City: 16 mpg|
Highway: 21 mpg
Combined: 18 mpg