The Mercedes-Benz EQS, the electric flagship of the brand is already a reality and that we could try recently. But a flagship would not be such without an AMG version. The Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4Matic+, presented at the last Munich Show, can now be ordered in Spain. With its 658 hp engine part of the 171.050 euros.
The EQS is considered to be Affalterbach’s first fully electric model, although it is actually the second model. A few years ago, AMG introduced a 100% electric SLS manufactured in limited series.
What was the first car fully developed by AMG also had an electric version. However, it was barely sold. Officially, “less than 10 units” were manufactured. It shouldn’t be the case with this EQS 53 and it’s destined to be the first electric AMG to be sold in significant volume.
Aesthetically, it is distinguished from the rest of the EQS range by some elements typical of AMG, such as the Pan-American grille with vertical slats. At the rear, a small spoiler has been placed over the trunk, while the lower body panels and in general the entire body kit (front splitter, six-fin diffuser at the rear, etc.) are glossy black.
As always in AMG, it is in the technical aspect where the differences are most notable. Available in 333 and 524 hp versions, the Mercedes-Benz EQS is already a powerful car in its own right. The Mercedes-AMG EQS goes up a notch.
Team two motors, one on each axis that give it all-wheel drive, for a total power of 484 kW, or 658 hp, with a maximum torque of 950 Nm. And that in its basic version 53 4Matic +. Accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.8 s and has a homologated autonomy in WLTP cycle of 575 km. Clearly, the EQS 53 has come to hunt in Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT territory.
Merceces-AMG EQS 53: up to 761 CV … as an option
In Spain, this version costs from 171,050 euros. In the standard equipment we find the parking package with a 360º camera, the directional rear axle, the AIRMATIC air suspension, the EASY-PACK tailgate and the silver-colored brake calipers (if we want them red they will be 907 euros more) and the famous Hyperscreen, the digital display that replaces the entire dashboard. The AMG Night package, which eliminates the chrome from the body for black elements and adds tinted rear windows, costs 744 euros.
In terms of colors, the options range from a simple red at 353 euros to 2,407 euros for “selenite gray magno”, the matte gray so appreciated in AMG through 986 euros for diamond white. The standard wheels, meanwhile, are 19 inches, but there are options of silver or black wheels in 21 inches and 22 inches (2,928 euros for the latter).
In the chapter on the most striking options, the brakes with carbo-ceramic discs 5,590 euros will be billed on the front axle. But without a doubt the option that bears the most AMG stamp of all is the AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package, billed 5,324 euros.
With this package, the combined power amounts to 560 kW (761 CV) and the engine torque culminates in huge 1.020 Nm. In addition, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h 3.4 seconds (improving the time a marginal 0.4 s) thanks to the Boost function, but only if the battery is charged more than 80 percent, and the maximum speed passes from 220 km / h to 250 km / h. In addition, it has the AMG Sound Experience Performance in three levels «Balanced», «Sport» and «Powerful». Thus, the most powerful Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 would cost 176,374 euros.
The AMG EQS features 4Matic + all-wheel drive with one electric motor per axle. It has steering on the rear wheels as standard and adjustable adaptive damping (Airmatic pneumatic). The 107.8 kWh battery capacity is identical to the classic EQS, but with a few differences, such as AMG-specific battery management. The autonomy given by the brand is 575 km (WLTP cycle) for the 658 CV QS 53.
The Merceces-AMG EQS 53 against its rivals
In front of his two most direct rivals, Porsche Taycan Y Audi e-tron GT, the EQS is presented as a model whose main asset is the approved autonomy. Compared to the 646 hp Audi RS e-tron GT (from 145,650 euros), the EQS 53 is more expensive, but offers more homologated autonomy.
The Porsche Taycan Turbo and Turbo S are undoubtedly its two main rivals. The first offers 688 hp and part of the 156,374 euros, while the second offers 761 hp and part of the 190,254 euros, but with a range limited to 417 km (WLTP cycle).
Regarding the Tesla Model SAs it is not available in Europe until further notice, we have not contemplated it. But remember that in terms of performance, the Plaid version delivers 1,100 hp and should accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (97 mph) in less than 2 seconds, according to the brand’s data.
And all this with a range approved in the EPA cycle – tougher than our WLTP – of 560 km (348 miles). In our WLTP cycle, the Model S Plaid shouldn’t have a hard time going over 650km.