- 617 hp and 950 Nm of torque
- like a scaled down Mercedes-AMG EQS
- AMG Dynamic Plus kit bumps up power to 677 hp and 1,001 Nm
Mercedes-Benz is all charged up for its electric revolution and it isn’t playing it safe with mundane grocery-getters as well. If this was a roulette table in Las Vegas, Stuttgart would be the one shouting “all in” with its AMG performance arm powering its electrification journey. The latest electrified rocketship from them? The AMG EQE.
Fortunately, they’ve kept it rather easy to know where this egg-shaped sedan slots in. The “E” in its nomenclature means it’ll line up with the traditional petrol-powered AMG version of the E-Class. If you’re ever angry at it, you can call it by its full name; the Mercedes-AMG EQE 53 4Matic+.
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If it looks confusingly similar to the flagship EQS that debuted a while back; well, you’re not wrong. They’ve essentially downsized it to give us the EQE and that’s not quite a bad thing. You’ll find the faux grille and centrally connected taillights carried over.
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Inside, it’s again a case of a scaled down interior. You can option out their signature Hyperscreen that makes the entire dash a touchscreen. If that’s overwhelming, the standard dash is still quite impressive with a large infotainment screen in the middle and a digital instrument cluster for the driver.
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Of course, the seats, pedals, steering wheel and carpets are all AMG branded with a sportier feel.
Now onto the meat and potatoes; the power. Being an AMG, it can’t just be quick… it has to be terrifyingly bonkers. Two AMG-specific permanently excited synchronous drive motors on each axle makes the EQE an all-wheel drive monster with 617 hp and 950 Nm of torque.
If you were dropped on your head as a child and find those numbers to be lacking, the guys at AMG aren’t quite right in the head too. You can option their AMG Dynamic Plus package for 677 hp and 1,001 Nm of torque. The twin motors are fed by a 328-volt lithium-ion battery that delivers 90.6 kWh.
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All that makes for scant 0-100kph time of 3.4-seconds and a top speed of 220 kph. The AMG Dynamic package brings the sprint down to 3.2-seconds and the Vmax up to 240 kph.
There are five drive modes to try and keep you out of trouble by limiting the power output available:
|Mercedes-AMG EQE driving mode
||50 percent (308.5 hp)
||80 percent (494 hp)
||90 percent (555 hp)
||100 percent (617 hp)
||100 percent (617 hp)
If you opted for the AMG Dynamic Plus kit, there’s a sixth mode called Race Start with Boost Function for the full beans.
The AMG EQS and the AMG 4-Door shared most of their suspension setup with the AMG EQE. That translates into a four-link front and multi-link rear. Air suspension is standard with revised links and anti-roll bars for better dynamics.
Rear-wheel steering is standard with a maximum turning radius of 3.6 degrees in either direction. Below 60 kph, the rear wheels will steer in the opposite direction as the fronts for a virtual shorter wheelbase and above 60 kph they’ll turn in the same direction as the fronts for improved high-speed stability.
Mercedes-Benz hasn’t specified a range but a good guess would be around the 480 km mark.