If there was a car in this year’s line-up of cars for our annual test that looked and felt futuristic in the proper sense of the term, it was the EQS. From its aerodynamic design and its funky wheels to the sounds it generates, it truly feels like something from the future. And this feeling is further amplified once you enter the EQS and look at its massive screen, encompassing pretty much the entire dashboard, which Mercedes call the MBUX Hyperscreen. With vivid colours and that vast screen, the EQS is truly like no other car that you’ve ever been in. And all of this is accentuated by distinct AMG touches, such as 21-inch aerodynamically optimised wheels, a unique front grille, and a body kit for added effect.
And if you think the exterior and interior details of the EQS are futuristic, wait till you find out its power and torque figures – a whopping 751bhp and a mind-blowing 1,020Nm. Needless to say, the EQS has serious potential to set both the road and the track on fire. Powering it is a huge battery, with a usable capacity of 107.8kWh and a terrific driving range. In fact, in the real world – as opposed to standard testing conditions – you will easily get over 500kms of driving range, which is more than what most people require. The EQS can be charged by up to 200kW chargers, which essentially means quick charging and less waiting time.
On the track, the acceleration of the EQS is neck-snapping, literally! In fact, if anything, you struggle to recalibrate your brain to how quickly the car gathers pace, and you have to be very careful about how much throttle to use while exiting corners. Naturally, given the kind of power it produces, the EQS was the second fastest car in our test, which is no mean feat – it was second only to a Ferrari. Now, despite all this, the EQS still can’t hide its weight. At 2.7 tonnes, it’s quite a heavy car, thanks to the massive battery. You can feel all that weight both on the road and the track during direction changes, entering and exiting a corner or even braking – there’s simply no hiding from the weight. And, lastly, despite scoring very well on most fronts, the EQS lost some points, given its cost – ₹2.45 crores is not a small number after all.
- Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 (Lap Time – 01:08.1)
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