- mercedes has revealed the amg version of the eqe electric sedan.
- it offers up to 677 horsepower and has the same 90.6-kwh battery pack as the non-amg model.
- the amg eqe will go on sale in the u.s. in early 2023.
the amg eqe53 raises the power level from the two electric motors to 617 horsepower and 701 pound-feet, and the addition of the optional dynamic plus package brings total power to a lofty 677 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque. the sprint from 0 to 60 mph take a claimed 3.4 seconds in the standard car and 3.2 seconds with the package, and top speed is governed at either 137 or 149 mph. the torque routes through a single-speed transmission. a lower-powered amg eqe43 model will be offered in europe but not in the u.s.
amg says it has upgraded the powertrain and cooling system for the 53 version. the motors are amg-exclusive and the power distribution is rear-biased, and we fully expect the amg eqe models to be ready for play and go sideways if the driver so desires. the battery pack is the same 90.6-kwh unit as the standard eqe, so range will likely be reduced compared with the less powerful non-amg model.
the amg eqe comes with a standard air suspension that's stiffened compared with the standard eqe's. carbon-ceramic brakes are optional, and they are probably a good idea given the considerable heft of this electric sedan: it tips the scales at a whopping two and a half tons. while the amg-engineered eqs is fitted with identical tires up front and in the rear, the amg eqe models have a staggered setup with fatter tires in the rear. this not only makes for a more athletic stance but could also give the eqe a slight edge in cornering.
visually, amg eqe models share their body panels with the regular eqe models but the unique wheel and tire combinations and amg decor will give them an extra sense of presence on the road. the tail is accentuated by a gurney-style spoiler. a “sound experience” functionality, part of the dynamic plus package, adds a few additional artificial sounds. and the electronic instrument cluster comes with amg-specific designs. several seat designs are amg-specific, too.
competition will include the tesla model 3 performance, the tesla model s, and the bmw i4 m50; we also expect some cross-shopping with the audi e-tron gt and the porsche taycan. mercedes says the amg eqe will arrive in the u.s. starting in early 2023.