The go-faster EQEs promise bonkers AMG-like performance, minus the emissions.
Mercedes-Benz is betting big on electric cars, which also includes some silent AMGs. After the AMG EQS, the boffins from Affalterbach have turned their attention to the EQE sedan. The AMG EQE range has two models – the 43 4Matic and 53 4Matic+.
Let’s talk performance. The EQE 43 makes 469bhp & 858Nm and manages the 0 – 100km/h sprint in just 4.2 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 210km/h. According to Mercedes, the 0 – 100km/h time is only possible with a minimum of 50% juice in the battery.
While the EQE 43’s figures aren’t shabby, the 53 trumps it with 677bhp and 1000Nm. However, it generates that only in boost mode, which also enables a blistering 0 – 100km/h time of 3.3 seconds. Without the boost enabled, it produces 617bhp and 950Nm and can do the 0 – 100km/h sprint in 3.5 seconds. For the EQE 53, hitting the claimed 0 – 100km/h times require a minimum of 70% juice in the battery, after which the performance might drop slightly.
To cope with the added performance, both models get high-performance brakes and AMG Ride Control+ suspension; the 53 even gets an AMG-specific thermal management system for its 90.6kWh battery pack.
While these EVs aren’t built for extreme range, the 43 manages 462 – 533km on the WLTP cycle, while the 53 offers a range of 444 – 518km on the WLTP cycle.
The overall styling is similar to the standard EQE, although there are plenty of AMG touches, like the Panamericana grille, which isn’t actually a grille, AMG-specific rims, and a subtle spoiler on the boot lid. Inside, both models get a dark theme, with AMG-specific seats, a steering wheel, and plenty of carbon fibre.
Given that Mercedes-Benz India is not shy to bring in new models, we won’t be too surprised if the AMG EQE comes to our shores to take on other high-performance EVs like the Audi RS e-tron GT and the Porsche Taycan.