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Mercedes-AMG’s Porsche Taycan killer powerslides into view

The new electric Mercedes-AMG super saloon will use AMG’s own unique platform, and is likely to produce 1,000bhp

The first official images of Mercedes-AMG’s new all-electric super saloon and Porsche Taycan rival have been released showing the performance brand’s first bespoke EV undergoing testing near the Arctic Circle in typical AMG style: sideways.

This new high-end four-door model will be based on an entirely bespoke architecture called AMG.EA, rather than a mainstream Mercedes setup like existing AMG EQ models. AMG.EA utilises several new technologies including axial flux motors that are lighter and more power dense than the radial motors used in most EVs.

The bespoke platform can also support some very dramatic proportions, as we can see in the various pictures of AMG’s prototypes. The shape of the as-yet-unnamed electric super saloon looks extremely low-slung, with big wheels, a heavily raked rear screen and long bonnet – much like the AMG GT 4-Door.

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Mercedes has already given a glimpse of what could lie beneath the camouflage, as 2022’s AMG Vision Concept points towards the new model. As well as the basic shape, some of the concept car’s detailing, such as the vertical lighting strakes on the nose and Merc’s new three-pointed motif within the headlights, will probably be carried over.

Under the skin, we expect to see a combination of a flat battery pack and a dual-motor layout with up to 1,000bhp. It’ll need that much power to go up against Porsche’s super-high powered Taycan Turbo GT, which produces 1,093bhp and is capable of 0-62mph in 2.2 seconds.

Expect plenty of high-end chassis hardware, too, including elements like rear-wheel steering and other innovative suspension tech like active roll control, or potentially even a fully-active system as you’ll find on the latest Taycan.

All this new content won’t come cheap, though. Merc’s flagship EV will most likely rival only the highest spec versions of the Taycan and its twin, the Audi e-tron GT. This should see pricing start well over six figures. Such is the price of progress, especially when there’s an AMG badge affixed to the bootlid.

AMG says the new model and its platform are “still at the beginning of a demanding and comprehensive test plan, which will span multiple proving grounds, continents and climate zones”. Meaning we should start to learn more about it in the coming 12 months, with Mercedes already confirming a market introduction in 2025.

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As our news reporter, Ellis is responsible for covering everything new and exciting in the motoring world, from quirky quadricycles to luxury MPVs. He was previously the content editor for DrivingElectric and won the Newspress Automotive Journalist Rising Star award in 2022.

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