In the past (as was, two years ago), new AMG models from Mercedes-Benz meant crazy machines with prolific boost and a downright bad V8 soundtrack. Electric power is slowly replacing internal combustion, but with 677 horsepower (505 kilowatts) available from the two modified AMG electric motors, the new Mercedes-AMG EQE doesn’t really change Affalterbach’s familiar formula. It’s just a little quieter.
Power overload is still AMG’s focal point, and it’s not just a case of upping the voltage. For starters, the AMG EQEs get the standard edition 4Matic+ all-wheel drive with dual motors, and they’re modified by AMG with customized windings, special inverters and other electro-speaks that make them capable of even greater output. In standard trim, the AMG-EQE produces a combined instant torque of 617 hp (460 kW) and 701 pound-feet (950 Newton-meters), but the optional Dynamic Plus package adds a boost function that produces the aforementioned 677 hp. Torque has also increased to 738 lb-feet (1,001 Nm), although Mercedes says the increase is temporary.
In the upgraded EQE, that’s enough power to hit 60 mph in an estimated 3.2 seconds using Race Start mode and a 90.6-kWh battery. Without a boost, the electrified AMG is still no slouch with an estimated 0-60 time of 3.4 seconds. The downward thrust doesn’t translate well to the top end, however, with a registered top speed of 137 mph in the standard configuration. With the Dynamic Plus package, that speed jumps to 149 mph which is certainly fast, but won’t kill the German autobahn like its internal combustion predecessor.
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In terms of suspension, AMG made some changes to the EQE front and rear four-link setup, creating the AMG Ride Control+ system. The wheel carrier, suspension link and sway bar are optimized for more rigidity. At the rear, the rear axle carrier connects to the body with stiffer bearings and lower clearance, which creates a more direct feel according to Mercedes-AMG. The adjustable adaptive damper with two pressure limiting valves is more precise than standard EQE.
The update, working in conjunction with the AMG Dynamic Select drive mode, allows the AMG EQE to sit more than half an inch lower for better handling and aerodynamics. Standard rear axle steering also aids handling and stability, and various driving modes can limit power to make EQE easier to manage in uncertain situations. For example, in Slippery mode, you’ll only get a total of 308 hp (230 kW) from both motors. Bigger brakes with six-piston calipers and 16-inch discs at the front also help with stability.
All of that performance does affect the range. Mercedes says the AMG EQE has a temporary WLTP range of 276 to 322 miles, far less than the 410-mile figure quoted for the standard model. It can fast charge up to 170 kW, reclaiming a range of 112 miles in 15 minutes. Minor changes to the AMG EQE’s exterior also factor into the range, finding a balance of aggression and downforce with minimal aerodynamic penalty. In addition to the black panel grille with vertical bars and AMG badging, you’ll find a black front splitter with tweaked fascia vents, black bottom side panels, rear diffuser, new alloy wheels, and a small decklid spoiler.
Inside you’ll find the expected AMG upgrades in the form of sports seats, a new flat-bottomed steering wheel and dark surfaces with contrasting red trim. The hyperscreen that includes the cab is still an option, and of course You will find special AMG functions in the MBUX system. You’ll also find AMG’s special sound in the cab, designed to excite driving. A custom set of sounds literally called the AMG Sound Experience will change depending on the driving mode selected, and there are even special sounds when using Race Start mode.
Mercedes isn’t ready to talk about pricing or availability at this point, but the AMG EQE will be on sale in the United States and in other markets around the world.