Mercedes-AMG is best known for its tyre-smoking V8s but all that might change with its first battery-electric model the EQS 53 AMG now going on sale in Australia. Customer deliveries of this new swoopy Mercedes-AMG EV have started via the EQ showrooms. Let’s first dive into the pricing as they are reflective of the premium positioning of the car with being in the same ballpark as the combustion-engined S-Class.
Expect to pay $328,400, plus on-road costs for the EQS 53 4MATIC+ in Australia while the AMG Dynamic Plus Package at $7690 adds goodies like ‘RACE START’ plus the AMG driver’s Package, AMG Track Pace and ‘Performance’ AMG sound. There is also the ‘Night package’ with exterior design additions like red-painted brake callipers, 22-inch multi-spoke wheels, and trim details in black, which further adds $3990.
For the proper S-Class experience you’ll also need the Energizing Comfort Package including a nifty rear-seat entertainment system complete with two wireless headsets at $9290. Finally, there’s the AMG high-performance ceramic composite braking system priced at an eye-watering $9990 and an MBUX Augmented Reality head-up display at $2690.
AMG has been given a free rein to turn the EQS into a sportier luxury barge with a bunch of rockets strapped at the back or in this case, two motors. Positioned at the front and the rear axles, the combined power output is an eyebrow-raising 650 bhp and 950 Nm. If that’s too slow for you then the optional AMG Dynamic Plus Package increases the output to 750 bhp in RACE START mode with boost function along with a monstrous amount of torque of 1020 Nm.
As a result, its acceleration from 0-100 km/h comes in at a supercar rivalling 3.4 seconds (3.8 seconds in the standard specification) along with a 250 km/h top speed. By the numbers, a proper AMG. Powering the EQS 53 is a 400-volt battery and AMG-specific wiring made for high performance meaning you’ll be able to charge the car up to 200 kW at quick-charging stations with DC charging. The streamlined styling also results in a low drag coefficient (Cd) of just 0.23 with the official range is pegged at 587 km.
Just like the standard EQS, the AMG version comes with the ginormous (for lack of a better word) hyper screen where three curved displays extend to the full width of the cabin. The latest MBUX infotainment system and Augmented Reality navigation come as standard along with an OLED front passenger display and a fingerprint scanner. Important to an AMG is the focus on dynamics and the EQS gets AMG RIDE CONTROL+ suspension with adaptive adjustable damping for a sportier drive. You’ll also be able to tell the differences on the inside with an AMG Performance multifunction steering wheel with AMG-specific modes and special sport seats.
In short, the EQS 53 seems like a bonafide AMG layered within the veneer of electricity and while we’d miss the barrel-chested V8s that AMG is known for, cars like these showcase the future of performance motoring. At the moment, the only rival of the EQS 53 is the further pricier Porsche Taycan Turbo S while the AMG is more tuned to be a luxury express topped with oodles of performance.