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Mercedes-AMG EQE models get up to 687hp. Image by Mercedes-AMG.

Mercedes-AMG EQE models get up to 687hp
2022 EQE 43 and EQE 53 models are the first Mercedes EQEs to be given AMG treatment.
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What's all this about?

The 2022 Mercedes-AMG EQE 43 and EQE 53 have been revealed. The two cars are based on the Mercedes EQE electric saloon, a car so new that we have still yet to drive it, but the AMG versions are clearly out to make a statement of intent. As it stands, the two models have some big hitters in their sights, including German rivals the Audi e-tron GT and Porsche Taycan, and of course the Tesla Model S.

To do this, both cars come with two electric motors, 4Matic four-wheel drive and a new high-density 90.6kWh drive battery that makes its debut here. This is good for a range of up to 331 miles in the EQE 43, while the EQE 53 can travel up to 322 miles. Where the cars diverge is in terms of power and performance, with the EQE 43 packing 476hp and 858Nm of torque, while the EQE 53 has 626hp and 950Nm as standard, or up to 687hp and 1,000Nm with the optional AMG Dynamic Plus package added. Those are some big numbers, and it means that the EQE 43 can accelerate from 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds, while the EQE 53 with the AMG Dynamic Plus pack manages the same sprint in 3.3 seconds. Those figures are on a par with the AMG's rivals, while a 300-plus mile driving range is competitive, too.

Under the skin, the two Mercedes-AMG models benefit from a range of upgrades and enhancements that separate them from the standard EQE. Bespoke suspension components are used, while each car's geometry and settings are enhanced to deliver improved performance. Rear-wheel steering is fitted as standard to both cars for improved agility, while the 4Matic four-wheel drive system is designed to monitor power distribution 160 times a second to ensure torque is being properly distributed to all four wheels. Depending on which drive mode is selected, the system will automatically send power to the axle that needs it most.

Adaptive dampers and air suspension are fitted as standard on both models, too. Again, AMG-specific settings are used, with stiffer anti-roll bars and pressure control valves are added to the dampers which are designed to improve suspension response. According to AMG, choosing between Comfort or Sport+ modes offers a wide difference between a relaxing ride and a focused one.

So does AMG hand-build the electric motors?

Sort of. While AMG is famous for the hand-built V8s and V12s that it's produced in the past - with the signature of the engine's builder on a little plaque under the bonnet - it's not quite the same for the two EQEs. Both models have motors specifically designed for them, and feature AMG-specific tuning. The EQE 53 takes this a step further, with unique motor windings and a higher current designed to cope with faster motor speeds. AMG has also added a 'water lance' that helps to cool the electric motor by running liquid through the centre of the motor's shaft.

Sounds very high-tech. How about the battery?

This is a new introduction with the AMG EQE models. It's a 328-volt pack that can be tailored to deliver performance or efficiency, depending on which drive mode is selected. This new battery means that the AMG models come with shorter charging times, too. They accept a current of up to 170kW, and the EQE's on-board system means charging at this rate can add 112 miles of range in 15 minutes.

Energy recovery is another highlight. Mercedes offers three levels of energy recuperation, and in the strongest setting, one-pedal driving is possible. Combine this with the firm's Drive Pilot system, and the EQE only requires minimal input when driving in urban areas.

I see some AMG design cues...

An AMG model wouldn't be an AMG model without some unique design features. Up front, the grille that's not a grille (since it's blank) features power bars reminiscent of the Panamericana grille that's been a staple of petrol models since the AMG GT introduced it, while the assorted gloss black aerodynamic additions help mark the AMG models out from the standard EQE. These are all designed to appeal aesthetically while retaining the car's aerodynamically-efficient shape. It's a similar story for the wheels, with the 20 and 21-inch rims designed with aerodynamics in mind.

Inside, there's Artico man-made leather and microsuede upholstery, and plenty of AMG design touches. Also available is Mercedes' Hyperscreen, first seen in the EQS limousine. This curved screen stretches from one side of the dashboard to the other, and features plenty of connectivity and AMG-specific functions, including an optional data logger that can be used at circuits to record lap times. One highlight is that the front-seat passenger has their own touchscreen to use for entertainment, but it's set up so that it's not a distraction for the driver.

Any word on prices?

We haven't even had prices confirmed for the standard EQE just yet, so there's definitely no confirmation on these two. However since they're flagship models, don't be surprised to see the AMG variants knocking on for, if not passing, the £100k barrier when they go on sale later in 2022.

Shane O'Donoghue - 16 Feb 2022

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