New Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+ electric supersaloon unveiled
Mercedes' rival to the Porsche Taycan Turbo and Audi RS e-tron GT makes over 750bhp
Mercedes has taken the wraps off the high-performance AMG version of its EQS electric luxury limousine. A direct rival for the range-topping versions of the Porsche Taycan, Audi e-tron GT and Tesla Model S, the EQS 53 4MATIC+ was revealed at the IAA Mobility show in Munich on 5 September. It debuted alongside several other new electric Mercedes, including the EQE executive saloon and Concept EQG off-roader.
It's the first purely electric production Mercedes to wear the AMG badge, and produces a suitably healthy power output of 649bhp from its pair of electric motors in standard form – or 751bhp when the optional 'AMG Dynamic Plus' package is specified and the special 'Race Start' mode is activated.
No UK pricing information is available yet, but with a starting figure in the region of £100,000 expected for the standard EQS, the AMG version can be expected to set you back in the region of £150,000 when it goes on sale in 2022. Subtle visual changes set it apart from the standard car; these include a black grille panel with vertical chrome struts, as well as AMG badging and various gloss-black and chrome highlights.
The car accelerates from 0-62mph in 3.8 seconds in standard form, or 3.4 seconds with the Dynamic Plus package fitted. Top speed is 137mph for the standard car, or 155mph with Dynamic Plus. Mercedes describes the car's motors as 'AMG-specific', with both hardware and software differences compared to those found in the standard EQS. Driving modes include Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual.
As the '4MATIC+' part of its name indicates, the EQS 53 is available with four-wheel drive only. The system can rapidly adjust the amount of power going to each of the car's four wheels in order to improve handling and grip. Elsewhere, the EQS 53 features adaptive adjustable suspension, based on that of the standard EQS, but improved and reconfigured by AMG. Agility and manoeuvrability are further enhanced by standard rear-axle steering.
Three levels of brake energy recuperation are on offer, while the EQS 53 uses the same 107.8kWH battery as the standard EQS, with modified wiring and management software to account for the higher performance. Maximum charging speed is 200kW, allowing for 186 miles of range to be added in just under 20 minutes. The official driving range is between 327 and 360 miles depending on exact specification and wheel size.
The EQS 53 also features something called 'AMG Sound Experience', which is intended to make up for the lack of engine noise from its electric motors. It uses loudspeakers, shakers and a sound generator to create a choice of two different sound themes, called 'Authentic' and 'Performance', which vary to match how the car is being driven at any moment.
Inside, there's a similar layout to the standard EQS, including the huge dashboard-spanning 'Hyperscreen' infotainment setup. The EQS 53 also gets model-specific graphics and seat covers to set it apart, along with contrasting red stitching. Natural or man-made leather can be specified.
The EQS 53 4MATIC+ is expected to be followed by a raft of other high-performance AMG versions of cars from Mercedes' line-up of fully electric 'EQ' models in the coming months and years. Speaking at the Munich show, chairman of Mercedes' board of management Phillip Schiemer said: "Further all-electric AMG models will follow in the not-too-distant future". This could include further EQS variants, as Mercedes has trademarked the EQS 55 and EQS 63 nameplates, too.
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