Mercedes-AMG EQE debuts with up to 680+ available horsepower


That’s right! We’ll talk about that available horsepower I mentioned in the title in just a minute or two, but yea, the Mercedes-AMG EQE is the second all-electric AMG following the AMG EQS that debuted in September 2021. And unlike the AMG EQS which comes only in a single EQS 53 4Matic+ flavor currently, the AMG EQE offers two flavors: EQE 43 4Matic and EQE 53 4Matic+. A 63 variant might join both the EQS and EQE lineup at a later date, but those are different stories.

Visually, it’s the same tried and tested formula here; you mainly have the Panamericana-style grille to distinguish the regular model from the AMG variant, and you also have some additional gloss black elements. Standard features include Digital Light headlights, rear-axle steering, AMG Ride Control+ suspension (air suspension system with adaptive dampers), and AMG high-performance brake system with discs measuring 415 x 33 mm at the front and 378 x 22 mm at the rear. The front discs are gripped by 6-piston calipers. With the optional 21-inch wheels, buyers can go for the optional ceramic brake system as well, which adds larger 440 x 40 mm discs at the front.

Inside, again, it’s a déjà vu; the dashboard almost looks identical to that of the AMG EQS with the optional MBUX Hyperscreen that comprises three displays. The only difference I guess is the Hyperscreen comes standard in the EQS, but here you’ve to pay extra. But hey, like me if you too don’t like touchscreens in a car, you can choose not to go Hyper. But anyway, other key features include AMG Performance flat-bottom steering wheel in Nappa leather, AMG sports pedals, and AMG seats wrapped in Artico man-made leather. A head-up display is optional. And just like the EQS, the EQE also generates artificial sounds that can vary depending on the selected drive mode or vehicle speed.

Alright then, moving on to the business end of the story, the AMG EQE offers two flavors as mentioned earlier. For starters, there’s the EQE 43 4Matic with two electric motors, one at each axle, offering up to 350 kW (476 metric hp) and 858 Nm (633 lb-ft) of torque in Sport+. In Comfort mode, the power output is limited to 300 kW (408 metric hp). With at least 50% SoC, this model is claimed to sprint from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 210 km/h (130.5 mph).

Mode EQE 43 4Matic EQE 53 4Matic+
Slippery 50% output (175 kW) 50% output (230 kW)
Comfort 85% output (300 kW) 80% output (368 kW)
Sport 90% output (325 kW) 90% output (414 kW)
Sport+ 100% output (350 kW) 100% output (460 kW)
Race Start (without boost function) 100% output (350 kW) 100% output (460 kW)
Race Start (with boost function, part of AMG Dynamic Plus) 110% output (505 kW)

For those who want more, there’s of course, the EQE 53 4Matic+, also with two electric motors, one at each axle. The output figures are up to 460 kW (625 metric hp) and 950 Nm (701 lb-ft) in Sport+. However, with the optional AMG Dynamic Plus package, you get up to 505 kW (686.5 metric hp) and 1,000 Nm (737.5 lb-ft) in Race Start (launch control, most likely) with boost function. With at least 70% SoC, this model is claimed to sprint from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 220 km/h (137 mph). With the aforementioned optional package, the numbers are 3.3 seconds and 240 km/h (149 mph), respectively.

In fact, Mercedes claims that the EQE 53 4Matic+ uses model-specific electric motors with adapted windings and laminations, higher currents, and a specific inverter. In case you’re wondering, the “+” in this model simply represents the additional performance and “dynamicism” the model offers over the 43.

But anyway, both models pack a 90.6 kWh battery pack that is estimated to deliver a WLTP range of anywhere between 462 and 533 km (287-331 mi) in the 43 model and between 444 and 518 km (276-322 mi) in the 53 model. The battery pack can be DC fast-charged with up to 170 kW. Both models come with a 11 kW on-board charger while there’s a 22 kW optional on-board charger. The kerb weight of both models is claimed to be 2,525 kg (5,567 lbs).

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