Performance


First all-electric AMG promises ‘the perfect level of goosebumps’

24 November 2021

The AMG EQS is as much about performance as it is about stimulating the senses, making it absolutely thrilling to drive.

Performance


First all-electric AMG promises ‘the perfect level of goosebumps’

24 November 2021

The AMG EQS is as much about performance as it is about stimulating the senses, making it absolutely thrilling to drive.

Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+

The new Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+ is the AMG brand’s first foray into electric vehicles. Image: Daimler.

“One hundred per cent electric – one hundred per cent AMG.” With this statement, Mercedes-AMG confirms the first all-electric vehicle to wear its badge will continue to arouse all the passion and enthusiasm for driving that brand aficionados have come to expect.

The new Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+ represents a radical step-change in the history of the AMG brand which was built not just on power and performance, but in its visceral appeal to stimulating the senses.

“With electrification, we ensure that our models … will deliver on our AMG brand promise. Our customers can look forward to a dynamic and emotional driving experience,” says Jochen Hermann, chief technical officer of Mercedes-AMG.

“We ensure this with AMG-specific solutions, particularly when it comes to the drive system, suspension, brakes and, above all, sound.”

From 0 to 100km/h in 3.8 seconds

In the EQS 53, power and performance are taken care of by a pair of battery-powered electric motors, one on each axle. Together, these ‘permanently excited synchronous motors’ (PSM) generate 484kW of power and 950Nm of torque as standard, enabling acceleration from 0 to 100km/h in 3.8 seconds. With the optional AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package, maximum output in RACE START mode is boosted to 560kW and 1020Nm, shaving the same sprint to just 3.4 seconds.

Not only that, but the responsive torque delivery that’s a hallmark of electric motors will win over those who enjoy the pinned-to-the-seat thrill of instantaneous acceleration and power delivery.

Electric vehicles also bring key advantages in handling characteristics over combustion-powered models. With the ultra-light, direct-cooled lithium-ion battery pack sandwiched under the floor and a large front-mounted engine replaced by two smaller motors over the axles, the EQS 53 combines optimised front-to-rear balance with a low centre of gravity for inherently stable handling on either the road or the racetrack.

Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+ rear view

The EQS 53 combines optimised front-to-rear balance with a low centre of gravity for inherently stable handling on either the road or the racetrack. Image: Daimler.

Further bringing all this power and torque to heel is fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+. The all-wheel-drive system has been optimised for electrification and can check and adjust torque settings up to 10,000 times per minute, depending on the selected drive mode.

Rear-wheel steering is an important addition to a vehicle with such impressive dimensions. In the EQS 53, it allows a better low-speed turning circle than the diminutive A-Class hatchback but also brings greater stability and reassurance as speeds rise.

Optimising performance to the driver’s preference is easy and intuitive, with the EQS 53 equipped with AMG DYNAMIC SELECT. There are five driving modes ranging from Comfort to Sport+, the latter allowing access to maximum driving power.

A multi-sensual sound experience

I know what you’re thinking – performance, yes; handling, check; but how will the new EQS 53 sound? How will it feel?

The good news is that AMG has made a priority of evoking the same sense of visceral connection from the EQS 53. With AMG SOUND EXPERIENCE, a new soundtrack is created using special speakers, shakers and a sound generator. The driver can choose from two versions, ‘Authentic’ or ‘Performance’, to generate sound, vibration and ambient light with an intensity and tone to match the driving status and selected driving mode. AMG promises “a completely new, multi-sensual sound experience” that provides “the perfect level of goosebumps for any situation”.

Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+ cockpit

The driver can choose between ‘Authentic’ or ‘Performance’, to generate sound, vibration and ambient light with an intensity and tone to match the driving status and selected driving mode. Image: Daimler.

The EQS 53 steps into the future in a number of other significant ways. It’s one of the first models to be equipped with the MBUX Hyperscreen, a 141cm curved display that draws together the latest version of the MBUX infotainment system. It boasts rapidly evolving capacity for artificial intelligence, along with crisp OLED displays that serve both the driver and front-seat passenger.

The result is as beautiful as it is intelligent, with advanced capability to ‘learn’ the habits of its occupants and provide helpful prompts and suggestions. The system includes specific settings for AMG performance functions, as well as functions to manage driving range and charging functions.

Sculpted and luxurious AMG sports seats, plus a sleek exterior design featuring frameless doors with flush-fitting door handles and unmistakable AMG design cues, ensure the first all-electric AMG performance vehicle stays true to the brand ethos. The Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+ proves an all-electric model can embody not just all the performance that Mercedes-AMG customers expect, but also make a highly emotional connection.

Find out more about the Mercedes-AMG all-electric EQS 53 4MATIC here

By Steve Colquhoun