Mercedes-Benz mentioned lately that it was going all-electric by 2030, which naturally obtained race followers excited concerning the potentialities of an electrical high-performance automotive from the automaker’s AMG sub-brand. As we speak, we’re getting our first take a look at the upcoming AMG EQS, a wickedly quick sport sedan with a 0-60 mph time of three.4 seconds and a high pace of 155 mph. It made its public debut on the 2021 IAA Mobility present in Germany.
The AMG EQS is the primary battery-electric manufacturing automotive from the automaker’s in-house efficiency subsidiary. As such, there’s so much using on Mercedes getting every thing precisely proper if it desires to fulfill its loyal clients whereas additionally luring new ones away from Tesla.
It is a driving machine made for “automotive fanatics,” Mercedes mentioned — and at first look it’s simple to see why, with its clean strains and aerodynamic profile. The query is how automotive fanatics will react to the fully silent electrical motors, or Mercedes’ try to fill the void left by the shortage of a V8 with one thing known as “emotive automobile sound.” (Extra on that in a bit.)
The EQS, the all-electric model of the automaker’s storied S-class sedan, got here out this 12 months to rave opinions. After we examined it, we came away impressed by the highly effective battery, big selection of driving modes, and the over-the-top in-car know-how. Mercedes wants the AMG model of the EQS to be equally spectacular if it desires to compete with Tesla, Audi, BMW and others within the luxurious phase.
A fast take a look at the spec sheet reveals so much to be impressed by. The sedan’s twin motors will put out 649 horsepower, with a most torque of 700 ft-lbs. If by some means that’s not sufficient acceleration, you possibly can kick the horsepower as much as 751 whereas utilizing Race Begin mode with enhance perform, which additionally will increase the torque to 752 ft-lbs.
The 400-volt battery has a usable vitality content material of 107.8kWh, which is extra capability than each Tesla automobile. Mercedes says it has decreased the cobalt content material of the battery’s chemistry to 10 %. Cobalt is the most costly materials utilized in batteries, so eliminating it from the combination is anticipated to assist EVs turn out to be as reasonably priced as those who run on gasoline. It has additionally been known as the “blood diamond of batteries” as a result of it’s been mined in a means that’s endangered little one employees and wrecked the surroundings within the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Mercedes says the battery administration system can also be configured particularly for AMG. Within the Sport and Sport+ driving modes the main target is on efficiency, whereas Consolation mode focuses on working vary. Given what we all know concerning the EQS’ driving modes and using regenerative braking, that’s positive to be a welcome function once you’re within the driver seat.
And you understand Mercedes is basically excited to clarify the AMG’s distinctive sound profile as a result of it’s actually excessive up within the press launch underneath the subhed “AMG SOUND EXPERIENCE: emotional sound spectrum for a singular driving expertise.” The entire concept is as a result of EVs are silent, the automakers are creating their very own faux sounds that match the automobile’s acceleration, so that you aren’t flying across the race observe in a very silent sports activities automotive.
Mercedes says it used “particular loudspeakers, subwoofers and a sound generator to create a particular sound expertise in two variations: ‘Genuine’ or ‘Efficiency.’” The faux sounds are generated inside and out of doors the automobile to match the driving standing. There’s a video that features the sound, and actually, I’m tremendous with it. It’s not an engine growl, but it surely additionally doesn’t sound overly manufactured. I wasn’t an enormous fan of the Volkswagen ID 4’s faux sound, however this one looks like it received’t offend too many individuals.
The AMG EQS is constructed on one in every of three bespoke EV architectures constructed by Mercedes for its new lineup of electrical autos. This automotive and future electrical AMG fashions shall be constructed on the AMG.EA structure, the corporate mentioned.
Inside, you’ll discover the Mercedes Hyperscreen, three screens embedded in a single piece of glass that extends from pillar-to-pillar. It runs on the automaker’s MBUX system, but in addition consists of one thing distinctive to AMG:
AMG TRACK PACE, the digital race engineer, can also be out there as an choice: the software program is a part of the MBUX infotainment system and completely data greater than 80 vehicle-specific knowledge (i.e. pace, acceleration), for instance whereas driving on a racetrack. On high of this, lap and sector instances are displayed, in addition to the respective distinction from a reference time. As a result of particular show components are proven in inexperienced or pink, the motive force is ready to see at a look, with out studying numbers, whether or not they’re at the moment sooner or slower than the very best time.
Consider it like a health app that tracks your exercise efficiency, however on your automotive. Race fanatics are going to search out so much to love right here.
We nonetheless don’t have a manufacturing date or a prompt retail worth. The 2021 EQS prices properly over $100,000, so don’t count on this one to retail for something lower than $120,000. The query is whether or not Mercedes can get this automotive to clients earlier than the discharge of the next-gen Tesla Roadster, which was simply delayed to 2023. If they’ll than the AMG EQS has an actual probability to steal the present.