It’s the first battery-electric AMG production vehicle
Luxury electric sedan delivers up to 750 horsepower
Can reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds
Mercedes-EQ is Mercedes-Benz‘ all-electric vehicle lineup. Mercedes-AMG is, well, Mercedes-AMG. Put them together and you get the new Mercedes-AMG EQS 4Matic+, a high-performance, fully-electric luxury flagship sedan.
Based off of the Mercedes-Benz EQS unveiled earlier this year, the AMG is the more powerful, more dynamic version. Think the S 63 to the S 550, and you get a clear picture of how this new AMG EQS fits within the EQ ecosystem.
That means it will be a lot sharper, a lot quicker, more aggressive visually, and its fake sound will be sportier. On that last point, AMG has developed its own soundtrack for the EQS called AMG Sound Experience that matches the tonality and intensity of the sound to the driving mode or driver preferences. In other words, it does what the current AMG exhausts do.
The Mercedes-AMG EQS 4Matic+ gets its own electric powertrain, specifically two electric motors (one for each axle) that feature new windings, stronger currents, and special software for the inverters.
Total output is rated at 658 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque, but a RACE START mode (launch control) pushes the output to 750 horsepower for the launch. That powers the fully electric sedan to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds.
The 400-volt lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 107.8 kWh. It has AMG-specific wiring and battery management system, with different driving modes getting different results from the battery pack. Sport and Sport+ focus on performance, Comfort mode puts the emphasis on getting more range.
Over-the-air updates for the battery management system open up the possibility of modifying how the battery operates and improve efficiency in the future.
Charging will be as quick as the car itself. Capable of accepting up to 200 kW, the Mercedes-AMG EQS can add 300 kilometres of range in just 19 minutes. At home, owners can charge at up to 22 kW of alternating current.
As for the AMG 4Matic+ system, Mercedes-AMG says it will be quicker to react thanks to the electric motors on each axle. Sport and Sport+ mode will deliver a rear-biased feel while Comfort mode will provide optimal efficiency, again according to Mercedes-EQ.
The new EV will also feature an AMG Ride Control suspension, essentially an air suspension with adaptive damping that can be regulated to road conditions and driver preference. Rear-axle steering is also standard.