New Mercedes-AMG EQE 43 and EQE 53 take on Tesla with up to 677bhp

Mercedes has unveiled high-performance AMG variants of its all-electric EQE saloon, with up to 677bhp in flagship 53 guise

Mercedes has pulled the wraps off two new AMG-powered EV sports saloons – the EQE 43 and EQE 53. Each is built upon the brand’s bespoke EVA2 electric architecture, and offer significantly more performance, reworked chassis settings and more than 300 miles of range. 

The Mercedes-AMG EQE 43 is the lower-power model from the Affalterbach performance arm, and uses an electric motor on each axle to produce 469bhp and a mammoth 858Nm of torque. This propels the 2,525kg saloon from 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds, and a 90.6 kWh (usable) battery provides a WLTP range of 331 miles.

Thanks to 170kW charging capability, it takes just 15 minutes to add an extra 112 miles – 11kW onboard charging is standard, with 22kW capability available as an option. The driver can choose between three levels of energy regeneration while driving, too, with the strongest setting enabling one-pedal driving.

The Mercedes-AMG EQE 53 is fitted with two AMG-specific electric motors for a significantly higher 617bhp output. For even more punch, buyers can specify the AMG Dynamic Plus package, which adds a boost function for a total of 677bhp – that’s 100bhp more than the flagship Mercedes-AMG SL 63 roadster. With 1,000Nm of torque on tap with boost enabled, the EQE 53 launches from 0-62mph in just 3.3 seconds, and on to a top speed of 149mph. 

The EQE 53’s more powerful motors do impact range slightly, which stands at 322 miles, although the EQE 43 and 53 will receive over-the-air updates to improve battery management during their life cycles. An AMG-specific cooling solution should provide both models with consistent performance, too. 

Outside, a new black grille panel with vertical chrome bars, a bespoke front bumper, deeper side sills and a rear diffuser mark out the EQE AMG, along with a larger rear lip spoiler. The cab-forward, aero-optimised design is otherwise similar to the standard EQE, and there are further sporty touches inside. 

Mercedes has fitted racier AMG seats trimmed in synthetic leather with microfibre inserts and red stitching, while nappa leather upholstery is available as an option. Red stitching also picks out the dashboard top and door panels, and there's an AMG-specific flat-bottom steering wheel with chunky suede grips.

In terms of tech, the EQE AMG is offered with the show-stopping Hyperscreen infotainment display that debuted with the EQS limo. This combines three screens beneath a single, curved sheet of glass that extends across the dashboard, with Mercedes' MBUX software receiving bespoke AMG graphics and performance functions, including an optional AMG Track Pace system which logs vehicle data while driving on track. The system also allows passengers to watch video content, send text messages and browse the internet on the move.

Out on the road, Mercedes-AMG is looking to capture some of the aural impact of its combustion-engined cars with these new electric models, through AMG Sound Experience. Similar to the Iconic Sounds feature found in the newest EVs from BMW, Mercedes' solution plays a synthesised track through the speakers while driving, utilising a purpose-made bass actuator and sound generator. The driver can choose between Balanced, Sport and Powerful modes, and when specified with the AMG Dynamic Plus package, the EQE 53 gains an additional Performance sound profile designed for spirited driving. 

Speaking of which, the dual electric motor setup of the EQE AMG enables rapid responses for front and rear torque distribution – power output to both axles is analysed 160 times per second to optimise traction, with Sport and Sport+ drive modes providing a more rear-biased split. Air suspension is standard, with bespoke wheel carriers, suspension joints and roll bar settings for tighter handling. 

The dampers have also been optimised for the EQE AMG, with continuously variable stiffness to improve comfort or precision, depending on the drive mode and conditions. The ride height is also drive mode dependent, dropping by 15mm in Sport and Sport+, with the Comfort setting enabling speed-sensitive control. 

Mercedes has fitted rear-wheel steering as standard for increased manoeuvrability in slow-speed corners and better stability while cruising. Below 37mph, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to the fronts, effectively shortening the car's wheelbase. They turn in the same direction as the front wheels at higher speeds for a more sure-footed feel. 

To bring the EQE AMG to a stop, Mercedes has fitted a bespoke braking system that features six-piston callipers and huge 415mm discs at the front. The optional carbon-ceramic setup is beefier still, with 440mm front discs installed behind 21-inch wheels.

The Mercedes-AMG EQE will go on sale later this year, for a significant premium over the standard EQE – the top-rung 53 model is likely to command a price tag well in excess of £100,000.

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