New Mercedes Vision AMG concept previews future performance EVs
The all-electric Mercedes Vision AMG concept showcases plans for future Mercedes performance cars in the EV era
The future of Mercedes-AMG’s performance cars has been teased by the brand with the unveiling of its new Vision AMG concept car. Mercedes calls the Vision AMG a four-door, all-electric supercar - and the design certainly backs up this statement.
There are plenty of elements taken from the Vision EQXX concept revealed earlier this year, with the AMG sporting an aerodynamic shape with a low, flowing roofline, huge flared wheel arches and a long wheelbase. The Vision AMG also features an AMG-specific grille with the sub-brand’s trademark vertical bars, albeit blanked off to improve aerodynamic performance and reduce drag. The Mercedes three-pointed star badge sits above the grille just like the EQXX concept.
The Vision AMG features 22-inch aerodynamically-clad wheels and digital wing mirrors to also improve the drag coefficient. As a nod to the Mercedes Petronas F1 team, the rear diffuser has been finished in Petronas colours, and there’s a star pattern livery just like the Mercedes F1 car. The headlights also use a depiction of the three-pointed star Mercedes badge in their design, flowing into a light bar above the grille.
Plenty of exposed carbon fibre signifies the sporting intent of the Vision AMG, and Mercedes says the concept offers a glimpse of how AMG is “transferring its DNA into the all-electric future.”
Underpinning the Vision AMG is a new platform designed solely for electric cars. Called AMG.EA, it’s been developed entirely in AMG’s HQ at Affalterbach.
Speaking at the unveiling of the Vision AMG Phillip Schiemer, CEO of Mercedes AMG, said “We’re creating everything from scratch, from the dedicated AMG.EA platform to the revolutionary drivetrain technology, with which we will take performance electric mobility to the next level.”
This suggests the Vision AMG could use the same battery as the EQXX (roughly 100kWh) tuned for performance rather than efficiency. The EQXX recently completed a 626-mile trip on a single charge with 87 miles of range left and while the Vision AMG might not match that, the relatively light body combined with a low drag coefficient should still produce an impressive range.
While Mercedes has not revealed any performance figures for the Vision AMG, we do know it’ll use the same YASA radial flux motor as the Vision EQXX and Auto Express sources have indicated that the Vision AMG will produce close to 1,000PS - or around 986bhp.
The AMG brand has previously dipped its tow into the pool of all-electric performance vehicles with a version of the SLS gullwing-doored supercar, while it offers series production models of the EQE and EQS electric saloons in 53-badged form.
However, there are room for even more power 63-branded models, and the Vision AMG could inform the development and technology of these future vehicles.
As a standalone model the new Vision AMG concept also features many bespoke parts, include ‘bionic engineering’ 3D-printed components that help improve strength and save weight, similar to the EQXX.
The Vision AMG will remain a concept but it will also form an important part of Mercedes’ wider electrification strategy. From 2025 onwards, the brand will only develop new vehicles on three different electric car platforms. MB.EA will cover medium to large passenger cars with a VAN.EA platform for commercial vehicles. Mercedes-AMG will use the AMG.EA platform planned for high-performance EVs.