New Mercedes-AMG EQE: hot EV saloon packs up to 677bhp

New Mercedes-AMG EQE: hot EV saloon packs up to 677bhp

The top speed of the EQE 43, like that of the EQE3 50, is artificially limited to 131mph. This is raised to 137mph for the standard EQE 53 and 149mph for the EQE 53 with the AMG Dynamic Plus Package. By comparison, the Taycan Turbo has an official 0-62mph time of 3.2sec and a 162mph top speed.

A 400v, 90.6kWh battery with 360 individual lithium ion cells features on both models. It can be charged at 11kW or 22kW on an AC system and at up to 170kW on a DC system, with the latter claimed to provide an additional 112 miles of range in 15 minutes. Official range claims are yet to be revealed, although AMG says we can expect “something in the region of 310 miles”.

As well as upping the performance of the electric motors, AMG has given its new EQE-based models upgraded air suspension, which features a new rear axle carrier with stiffer bearings and less play than that used by the EQE 350. Further developments include AMG-specific wheel carriers and suspension links, larger diameter anti-roll-bars and adaptive damping properties.

The EQE 43 and EQE 53 also ride 5mm lower than the EQE 350. For added aerodynamic efficiency, the suspension lowers a further 15mm in both Sport and Sport Plus modes and, at 75mph, in Comfort mode.

Upgraded brakes combine 415mm discs and six-piston calipers at the front with 378mm discs and single-piston floating calipers at the rear as standard. Buyers can also specify 440mm carbon-ceramic front discs in combination with six-piston calipers at the front as an option. To enhance braking performance, AMG has also reprogrammed the i-Booster function for what it describes as an “optimised pedal feel”.