Mercedes-Benz has finally revealed the high-performance version of their EQS flagship electric luxury sedan. Called the Mercedes-AMG EQS 53, this will serve as the highest performing variant of the EQS and also the first electric Mercedes to wear the AMG badge.
From a styling perspective, the Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 looks identical to the standard EQS with the optional AMG Line design package. What sets it apart are the vertical chrome trims on the front fascia, the larger rear spoiler, and the choice of AMG alloy wheels, which range from 21 to 22 inches in size. An optional AMG Night Package adds darker elements to its exterior (as shown), while the AMG carbon trim elements package increases the amount of carbon fiber parts on the exterior and interior of the vehicle. However, due to some of the aerodynamic add ons, the EQS 53 has a drag coefficient of 0.23 Cd, which is less than the record-breaking 0.20 Cd of the standard EQS.
As for the interior of the Mercedes-AMG EQS 53, the design largely remains the same as well, including the 56-inch MBUX Hyperscreen. Of course, being the highest-performing model of the EQS range, the interior features sportier detailing and highly adjustable electric sports seats at the front. AMG-specific displays have also been added to the infotainment system, along with a Nappa Leather sports steering wheel.
So, how does the Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 perform? Two electric motors power this variant of the EQS, and it produces 649 hp and 950 Nm of torque. If you want even more performance, an optional Dynamic Plus package increases the horsepower to 751 hp and torque to 1,020 Nm, though this is only when Race Start mode is selected.
Other upgrades have also been made to the EQS 53 in order to handle all that power. The AMG Ride Control+ adaptive air suspension has been upgraded for better handling. For better stopping power, the AMG high-performance compound brakes feature 415 mm discs with six-piston calipers at the front and 378 mm discs with single-piston calipers at the rear. AMG ceramic brakes are offered as an option, which increases the front disc size to 440 mm. The i-Booster system, meanwhile, comes as standard regardless of the brake system and maximizes brake energy regeneration.
Just like the standard EQS, the EQS 53 has rear-axle steering, and it can turn the rear wheels by as much as 9 degrees, making this large luxury sedan have the turning circle of the A-Class hatchback.
Electric cars barely produce any noise, so the engineers have added the AMG Sound Experience to the EQS 53. These are loudspeakers placed outside and inside the vehicle, and drivers can select between Balanced, Sport, and Powerful. When opting for the AMG Dynamic Plus package, another sound mode called Performance is added. The sound mode selection is independent of the selected drive mode.
The Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 is expected to go on sale in early 2022 in select markets around the world.