- Mercedes EQE r performance sedansrevealed
- Up to 687PS, 1000Nm of torque and 330 miles of range
- On sale mid 2020, from £80,000
Mercedes has unveiled performance versions of its EQE electric hatchback – they’re called the AMG EQE 43 4Matic and 53 4Matic+. They rival performance EV sedans such as the Porsche Taycan and high-end versions of the Tesla Model S.
The new fast Mercs are expected to cost between £80,000 and £100,000 when they go on sale later this year.
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Not that you know that Mercedes is particularly performance-oriented, at least by the usual standards of an AMG. The new cars get a subtle body kit and large wheels up to 21 inches that hide huge six-piston brake calipers at the front.
However, the usual aggressive AMG styling (not good for aerodynamic efficiency) and trademark quad exhausts (for obvious reasons) are gone.
While the 43 and 53 models don’t look that fast, ironically they are some of the most powerful Mercedes cars ever made.
The 53 4Matic+ leads the charge, equipped with the optional AMG Dynamic Plus package, it produces 687hp and 1000Nm of torque, which takes it from 0-100km/h in 3.3 seconds.
Or to put it another way, this 2525kg luxury saloon is just half a second slower at 62mph than the Mercedes-Benz Project 1 – a £2million supercar designed to bring Formula 1 performance to the road.
Granted, the EQE’s top speed is capped at 149 mph to avoid flattening the battery faster than a jet fighter empties its fuel tanks on the afterburner.
Performance, meanwhile, can be terrifying when you want it to be, or relatively quiet when you don’t want it to be. Ride modes mean you can reduce the power in 10% increments from 100-50%, turning this leather-lined missile into a flashy milk float.
Even mounted at 11, the EQE AMG should be relatively easy to handle.
You get four-wheel drive – thanks to an electric motor on the front and rear axle – that can react faster than a mechanical system, and four-wheel steering that makes the big sedan surprisingly nimble. The air suspension, meanwhile, allows the EQE to play cruiser or be set up for more cornering control.
The standard 53 and 43 models get the exact same box of tricks, but with less power.
Without the AMG Dynamic Plus package, the 53 produces 626 hp, 950 Nm of torque, goes from 0 to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds and peaks at 137 mph; the 43 gives you 476PS, 858Nm, 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds and 130mph flat.
Whichever model you choose, the EQE comes with a huge 90.6kWh battery that gives you a range of between 321 (53) and 331 (43) miles, while charging speeds of 170kW mean you can add 112 miles of battery in just 15 minutes. If you can find a charger fast enough, anyway.
Another smart feature is satellite navigation which can plan trips based on traffic and distance, but also the speed of chargers on your route.
The new AMG electric vehicles from Mercedes should be ideal companions for long distances. The whole car has been configured to offer quiet and comfortable transit (although the 43 and 53 can generate sporty noises if desired) and their interiors show you the best Mercedes technology available at the moment. Most notably, the company’s dashboard-length Hyperscreen infotainment system.
We’ll have reviews of the full EQE range in the months to come.