Published on September 7th, 2021 | by Subhash Nair0
Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+ Is The Company’s First All-Electric Performance Car
The Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+ is the first all-electric AMG vehicle.
Less than a week after the debut of AMG’s first-ever hybrid product, the company reveals their first-ever all-electric product, the EQS 53 4MATIC+. So, how did AMG go from hand-built V8s to electric performance? Here are some electrifying details.
No V8, but the EQS 53 Is A Powerhouse
Electric vehicles are naturally torquey and it’s hard to find a decent EV that’s not at least a little perky with the foot to the floor. However, with this EQS 53, AMG has pulled out all stops. They’ve placed one motor on each axle for proper all-wheel drive, which they’ve decided to label 4MATIC+ instead of coming up with a new term. Two versions will of this car will be available in terms of power output. The standard model will get an impressive 658hp and 950Nm of torque, while the AMG DYNAMIC PLUS model will crank this output up to a tyre-shredding 761hp and 1020Nm of torque.
This gives the AMG DYNAMIC PLUS model a 0-100km/h time of just 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 250km/h, with the basic model doing the century sprint in 3.8 seconds instead. There’s a caveat to this performance – the battery state of charge needs to be at least 80% for the full performance to be unleashed.
AMG themselves have delved into the specifics of the motor design. These are permanently excited synchronous motors with a special hardware and software design for higher rotational speed. The rear axle motor is particularly powerful with a 6 phase design and high heat resistance in addition to the sophisticated thermal management system.
Energy recuperation is also pretty impressive with up to 300 kW in output available through braking. This feeds charge to the 400 volt battery which has 107.8 kWh of energy available for use. With AMG-tuned battery management, Sport and Sport+ modes deliver even more performance while Comfort mode delivers more range.
Does it sound like an AMG?
Well, it doesn’t sound like a V8, but AMG has crafted an exclusive AMG SOUND EXPERIENCE with speakers and ‘shakers’ inside and outside the car to simulate an AMG driving experience. There are two versions that users can opt for, “Authentic” or “Performance”.
Does it look like an AMG?
Building on the bones of the EQS, the AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+ features a unique black panel grille with hot-stamped vertical struts in chrome with AMG lettering. The front bumper is painted in the body colour of the car itself and a contrasting apron with the AMG A-wing design is featured in high-gloss black with chrome trim beneath it. The rear apron too is body coloured. The side sill panels are also AMG specific and in high-gloss black. The AMG-specific spoiler is larger than anything else available for the EQS and there are 21″ and 22″ AMG light-alloy wheels on offer in either Aero or Heritage design.
Even inside, AMG has had their way with the car. There are AMG seats with individual graphics and special ARTICO seat covers. There’s red topstitching on the instrument panel and beltlines in space grey. Other bits of red highlights and stitching can be found on the door panels and centre console. There are AMG-specific sports pedals, floor mats, door sill trims and even an AMG performance steering wheel.
Even the MBUX Hyperscreen gets some AMG-specific displays.