Over the past week, the Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+ has been listed for order on Mercedes Benz’s websites covering UK and Europe. Further, on December 16, 2021, the first Mercedes-AMG EQS rolled off the production line at the carmaker’s Factory 56 in Sindelfingen, Germany.
The Factory 56 now produces the Mercedes S-Class and its long wheelbase variant, the Mercedes-Maybach S Class and the electric EQS range. In the UK, the EQS 53 is available in two trims – Night Edition and Touring – both priced at GBP 154,995. For reference, the entry level EQS starts at GBP 99,995.
Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 Performance
Compared to the standard EQS, the Mercedes-AMG EQS puts out 658 hp and 950 Nm of torque. The dual-motor 4MATIC+ is standard and an acceleration to 100 km/h (62 mph) comes up in 3.8 seconds, and a top speed of 220 km/h. The WLTP range is claimed at 572 km (357 miles), though the 107.8 kWh battery is identical to the standard EQS.
In comparison, the rear wheel drive EQS does the standing sprint in 6.2 seconds, and depending on the configuration of wheels, delivers up to 759 km (474 miles) of range.
Mercedes will offer an optional AMG Performance Package for an additional GBP 8,995 which will make the Mercedes-AMG EQS even quicker and faster. Power and torque outputs now increase to a peak 750 hp and 1,020 Nm of torque, thanks to the AMG Dynamic Plus Package, which Mercedes says will provide a ‘noticeable’ boost for Race Start. 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) now comes in 3.4 seconds and the top speed is upped to 250 km/h. For achieving the claimed sprint times, Mercedes says the battery charge must be above 80 per cent at least.
The AMG Performance Package also adds AMG Sound Experience Performance, AMG Track Pace (the driver gets access to lap, sector and acceleration times plus live telemetrics data) and AMG ceramic composite braking system on the front axle.
Mercedes-AMG EQS Design
The Mercedes-AMG EQS is characterized by the AMG specific black panel grille with hot stamped chrome tipped vertical struts and ‘AMG’ lettering, up front. Compared to the standard EQS, the AMG EQS gets a front splitter in high gloss black with a chrome trim, fins on the air intakes with air curtains in gloss black, AMG side sill panels in gloss back, an aerodynamically optimized diffuser with six longitudinal fins, a spoiler which is even larger than the EQS AMG Line’s to further reduce rear lift without increasing drag, and 21- or 22-inch AMG alloy wheels with aerodynamic optimization.
Inside, the Mercedes-AMG EQS gets AMG seats with individual graphics and red top-stitching, Neotex grain instrument panel, AMG performance steering wheel in Nappa leather with a flat bottom, AMG sports pedals and AMG floor mats. All variants of the Mercedes-AMG EQS will get the MBUX Hyperscreen as standard fitment.
Future AMG EQ models
Philipp Schiemer, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG said that all-electric AMG models will follow in the “not too distant future”, on the company’s AMG.EA platform, developed entirely in-house. Models based on the EVA2 group platform will deliver on the AMG brand promise, Mercedes says.
It wouldn’t be far-fetched to expect Mercedes to make AMG variants on the EQE, and the EQS SUV and EQE SUV variants too, which are expected in 2022.
For model lines where a performance oriented AMG version is not possible (Mercedes says the AMG EQS uses AMG specific electric motors which are different compared to the normal EQS as they are able to perform at higher rpms and achieve quicker acceleration), Mercedes would introduce AMG Lines which add a visual flavor to the standard EQ model, and allow the customer to achieve a level of customization, both inside and out. However, the performance does not see significant changes on the AMG Line, aside from the range which generally tends to decrease as the wheel size increases.
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