New Mercedes-AMG EQS electric supersaloon spotted track testing
Mercedes' AMG division is preparing a high-performance version of the brand's EQS electric luxury limousine
A high-performance AMG version of the recently unveiled Mercedes EQS electric luxury saloon has been photographed undergoing testing at the Nurburgring race circuit in Germany. The electric supersaloon will be a direct rival for range-topping versions of the Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S and is expected to arrive in showrooms at some point early in 2022.
The partially camouflaged test car was fitted with clearly visible carbon-ceramic brake discs and yellow, AMG-branded callipers at the front. In common with existing combustion-engined AMG cars, some styling enhancements including a more aggressive front and rear bumper design, side skirts and large alloy wheels can be expected, along with a likely lower ride height courtesy of adaptive air suspension.
Speaking at the launch of the regular EQS, Mercedes designer Gordon Wagener gave some clues as to the visual changes that could be made on electric AMG models. "There will be similar differentiation as you know it from other AMG models, which of course have the Panamericana grille with the vertical bars," he said. "So it could be likely that we do something similar for an electric car."
No firm details on power outputs have been given yet, but Mercedes has applied to trademark the EQS 53, EQS 55 and EQS 63 nameplates, suggesting a variety of options will be available. A development of the standard EQS 580's dual-motor, four-wheel-drive setup seems a certainty, with power outputs likely to be in the range of 600 to 700bhp or more. Top speed will probably be limited to 155mph and a 0-62mph time under four seconds is possible.
The Mercedes-AMG EQS would serve as a zero-emissions electric equivalent to the Mercedes-AMG S63 and S65 high-performance combustion-engined limousines. With a starting price 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.
Mercedes has confirmed that multiple AMG version of its 'EQ' electric line-up are being worked on, so we can expect to see some or all of the EQA, EQB, EQC and EQE also getting the AMG treatment in the next few years.
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