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Mercedes-Benz AMG EQS is a dual-motor electric sedan with over 750 horsepower

Mercedes-Benz mentioned just lately that it was going all-electric by 2030, which naturally received race followers excited in regards to the prospects of an electric high-performance automotive from the automaker’s AMG sub-brand. Right now, 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 a lot driving on Mercedes getting all the pieces precisely proper if it desires to fulfill its loyal clients whereas additionally luring new ones away from Tesla.

This is a driving machine made for “automotive lovers,” Mercedes mentioned — and at first look it’s straightforward to see why, with its clean traces and aerodynamic profile. The query is how automotive lovers will react to the fully silent electric motors, or Mercedes’ try and fill the void left by the shortage of a V8 with one thing referred to 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 yr to rave opinions. Once we examined it, we came away impressed by the highly effective battery, wide 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 section.

A fast take a look at the spec sheet reveals a lot to be impressed by. The sedan’s twin motors will put out 649 horsepower, with a most torque of 700 ft-lbs. If someway that’s not sufficient acceleration, you may kick the horsepower as much as 751 whereas utilizing Race Begin mode with increase operate, which additionally will increase the torque to 752 ft-lbs.

The 400-volt battery has a usable power content material of 107.8kWh, which is extra capability than each Tesla automobile. Mercedes says it has lowered the cobalt content material of the battery’s chemistry to 10 %. Cobalt is the costliest materials utilized in batteries, so eliminating it from the combination is anticipated to assist EVs develop into as inexpensive as people who run on gasoline. It has additionally been referred to as the “blood diamond of batteries” as a result of it’s been mined in a means that’s endangered baby employees and wrecked the surroundings within the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mercedes says the battery administration system is additionally configured particularly for AMG. Within the Sport and Sport+ driving modes the main focus is on efficiency, whereas Consolation mode focuses on working vary. Given what we all know in regards to the EQS’ driving modes and using regenerative braking, that is positive to be a welcome characteristic once you’re within the driver seat.

And you understand Mercedes is actually excited to clarify the AMG’s distinctive sound profile as a result of it’s actually excessive up within the press launch beneath the subhed “AMG SOUND EXPERIENCE: emotional sound spectrum for a distinctive 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 monitor in a fully 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 truthfully, I’m positive with it. It’s not an engine growl, however it additionally doesn’t sound overly manufactured. I wasn’t a enormous fan of the Volkswagen ID 4’s faux sound, however this one looks as if it received’t offend too many individuals.

The AMG EQS is constructed on one among three bespoke EV architectures constructed by Mercedes for its new lineup of electric automobiles. This automotive and future electric AMG fashions might 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:

Consider it like a health app that tracks your exercise efficiency, however on your automotive. Race lovers are going to search out a lot to love right here.

We nonetheless don’t have a manufacturing date or a instructed 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 a actual likelihood to steal the present.

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