Mercedes-Benz’s performance division unveils its first mass-production BEV.
Mercedes has expressed numerous plans for AMG-tuned electric cars since the launch of the EQS back in April. The first of these performance EVs is the Mercedes-AMG EQS 53.
Although the interior design and controversial “one-bow” exterior silhouette has been carried over from the standard EQS, the AMG EQS 53 features a few noteworthy changes to set it apart. The most obvious change is the Panamericana faux grille on the front fascia. To the side, an optional AMG Night Package blacks out the chrome elements.
Step inside, and AMG makes it clear that this is a more dynamic vehicle. The AMG EQS 53 features the new AMG steering wheel and sports seats, along with polished carbon fiber and alcantara covering parts of the interior. Various aspects of the hyperscreen interface have also been customized for a sportier look. One of such customizations include a “Race Start” mode which will allow the executive saloon to reach optimal acceleration times.
The AMG EQS 53 has 649 horsepower and 701 pound-feet of torque standard. An AMG Dynamic Plus Package will raise this number to 751 hp and 752 lb-ft, which happens to be the same maximum output as the Porsche Taycan Turbo S. This version will do 0-60 mph in a rapid 3.4 seconds, while the version without the Dynamic Plus Package will do 0-60 mph in about 3.8 seconds.
It is important to note that because the AMG EQS 53 uses the same 107.8 kWh battery pack as the standard EQS, range will likely be reduced compared to the EQS 450 and 580 models due to the more powerful electric motors. Ride quality may also be slightly compromised, as the AMG EQS 53 will be using a new suspension similar to the one found on the AMG GT 4-door.
Pricing is expected to start significantly higher than the €106,374 ($125,774) base price of the EQS 450. However, budget-conscious buyers will be glad to hear that key features such as the hyperscreen and 9 degree rear-wheel steering come standard on the AMG EQS 53.
While the stats of the AMG EQS 53 are very impressive, we can safely assume Mercedes-AMG is working on an EQS version with even more power. This version will likely be named the AMG EQS 63, and is rumored to have over 1000 horsepower.
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