Mercedes’ first electric AMG promises incredible performance with a reasonable range of over 300 kms. The EQS 53 blitzes past the 100km/h mark from standstill in just 3.4 seconds - that’s as fast as the 2019 AMG GT 63 S 4-door
Mercedes has just pulled the wraps off their first all electric AMG, the EQS 53 4Matic+, ahead of the Munich Motor Show. As the name rightly suggests, it is the performance-focused iteration of the EQS that broke cover earlier this year in April.
Just like the standard EQS, this EQS 53 is also powered by a 107.8kWh battery pack. In the AMG, however, it makes max power of 649bhp in the standard trim – a considerable increase from the 516bhp that the EQS 580 4Matic makes. Mercedes-AMG will also offer the EQS 53 with the optional Dynamic Plus package which increases its power output to 751bhp. Torque rating stands at 950Nm and 1020Nm respectively. To get a sense of how quick the EQS 53 is, consider this. The EQS 53 dismisses the naught to 100km/h run in just 3.4 seconds, which is as fast as the AMG GT 63 S 4-door that was introduced in 2019.
So, how has Mercedes managed to extract more power from the same battery pack? The German carmaker has made use of new windings and stronger currents. The EQS also gets revised actuation via inverters with specially developed software. All of these changes allow for a higher rotational speed and thereby better more power, acceleration and top-speed. Mercedes has also reworked the battery management system to better suit the car’s AMG characteristics with focus on performance in the Sport and Sport+ modes, and efficiency and range in the Comfort mode. A maximum of 200kW fast charger can be used on the EQS and Mercedes claims that the car can give a range of up to 300km in just 19 minutes.
Based on Mercedes’ AMG.EA platform, the new EQS features a four-link axle at the front and a multi-ink setup at the rear. The EQS 53 also flaunts an air suspension setup with adaptive damping and rear-wheel steering as standard. Customers can choose from 21-inch or 22-inch wheel options. Mercedes has also put in a lot of effort to ensure that the overall experience of driving an AMG remains authentic even in this electric iteration. And to meet that end, additional hardware has been installed to replicate the hallmark AMG sounds.
As far as the design goes, the EQS 53 looks identical to its name sake but flaunts a lot of signature AMG traits. The black grille gets vertical ‘hot stamped’ chrome elements, reworked front bumper and splitter, AMG side-sills and an AMG rear bumper with a new diffuser. Just like the standard model the EWS 53 also has an aerodynamic drag coefficient of just 0.23.
With the unveiling of the EQS 53, Mercedes-AMG has officially ventured into the EV space. At this point, however, we can’t help but wonder if there’s a full blown EQS 63 in the works, just like in the ICE counterpart.