Mercedes-AMG has built several high-performance models over the years, ranging from naturally aspirated V12 bruisers to the twin-turbo V8 sports cars used in current models. More recently, the performance division also launched their first plug-in hybrid with the AMG GT63 S E Performance. The only thing missing is a full-electric vehicle.
That all changes now.
The German marque has launched the first full-electric Mercedes-AMG model with the new EQS53 AMG+. As the name implies, it's based on the recently introduced flagship EQ sedan. While the range-topping EQS produces 385kW or 523 horsepower, the AMG model delivers up to 560 kW or 761 horsepower and a maximum 1,020 Nm torque from a twin-motor setup.
The maximum output is only available when the EQS53 is in Race Start mode and with the Boost function, which is standard with the AMG Dynamic Plus package. With the more powerful option, the sedan can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds and hit a top speed of 250 km/h. Without the optional package, the sedan still produces 484 kW or 658 horsepower and 950 Nm torque. The trade-off is a slower acceleration time (3.8 seconds) and a lower top speed of 220 km/h.
Power was increased through the use of AMG-specific motors. However, the performance division also made other tweaks including a redeveloped axles, motor mountings, and subframe. Rear-wheel steering, which is optional on the standard EQS, comes standard on the AMG. No matter what output you choose, however, the battery remains the same as the standard EQS.
On the outside, the EQS53 looks very much the same as the standard EV but with signature AMG bits. It comes with a front splitter, a larger wing, and a diffuser integrated into the rear bumper. There are also AMG-specific wheels, which can go up to 22-inches. The closed-off grille also features vertical slits, similar to the Panamericana grille on other AMG models.
Inside, occupants are greeted by Mercedes' new dash-wide MBUX Hyperscreen as standard. It comes with AMG branded displays, as well as functions exclusive to the high-performance model. Other changes include an AMG flat-bottom steering wheel, AMG pedals, and AMG branding on the carpets. The driver and front passenger are also held more securely through AMG seats.
At the moment, Mercedes has yet to disclose the range of the EQS AMG. But for reference, the standard model can do up to 770 km on a single charge. Considering it uses the same battery pack, it could have a lower range since this model is focused on performance.
What do you think of the first electric Mercedes-AMG? Can it live up to expectations, or are combustion engines still the way for AMG?