American Axle & Manufacturing‘s (AAM) electric driveline technology powers AMG’s first plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) model, the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E PERFORMANCE. AAM supplies the performance car’s rear drive unit, which was recently named a 2022 Automotive News PACE Award finalist.
“AAM’s Electric Drive Unit provides superior vehicle performance in a compact, power-dense design,” said David C. Dauch, AAM chairman and CEO. “This contract to supply Mercedes-AMG’s newest hybrid performance car showcases AAM’s industry-leading, award-winning electric drive technology. It continues our work to be the supplier of choice for OEMs as they expand their electric propulsion and e-mobility offerings.”
The electric drive unit, located on the rear axle, is the first volume production application combining a mechanical all-wheel drive system with a 2-speed electric drive module. This P3 system layout, with the electric motor on the rear axle, optimizes the weight distribution and increases the total output torque, compared to a transmission mounted electric motor (P2 hybrid), according to AAM.
Design features include an electromechanical actuated two-speed gearbox and electromechanical controlled limited slip differential (eLSD) providing state of the art shifting times and traction.
The performance car can generate 620kW/843hp at peak levels, clock a 0-62 mph time of 2.9 seconds, and achieve a top speed of 316 kph (196mph). AAM’s e-Drive provides power/torque output of 150 kW/204 hp, adds performance in hybrid drive and helps enable zero emissions.
With the launch of the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E PERFORMANCE, AAM says it further continues its transformation into a leading supplier of electric drive technology.