The new Mercedes-AMG EQE 53 4-Matic+ is the most powerful of a brace of new super-quick electric saloons revealed by the company, but the lower-powered version – the EQ43 4Matic – will not be available to UK buyers.
Both cars are based on the electric-exclusive Mercedes architecture for luxury and premium class models but with AMG-specific tweaks in the areas of drive, suspension, brakes, sound, exterior and interior design and equipment, says the company.
With electric motors on both axles, the all-wheel-drive EQE 53 has a total power output of 626hp and 950Nm of torque and will cover the benchmark 0 to 60mph sprint in less than 3.5 seconds, going on to a top speed of 137mph.
And if that is a tad slow for your tastes, you can specify an AMG Dynamic Plus package which will boost available power and torque to 687hp and 1000Nm respectively, cut the 0 to 60 time to under 3.3 seconds and increase top speed to just shy of 150mph.
The newcomer is equipped with a powerful new 328-volt high-performance drive battery and AMG-tuned battery management system which together provide an impressive range of between 276 and 322 miles, according to official testing. A 15-minute boost at a fast-charging station will provide sufficient battery power for a further 105 miles.
Features include fully variable all-wheel-drive, AMG ride control with adaptive adjustable damping, rear axle steering, five selectable drive programmes including race start and a high- performance braking system.
There is even a sound system to let others know you are coming. AMG describes it as giving ‘a new voice to electric mobility’. The driver can regulate the sound and its intensity depending on the driving status and the selected drive program.
AMG specific design features including a black grille and front splitter, an aerodynamically optimised rear diffuser and a larger rear spoiler while the interior comes with AMG sports seats, performance steering wheel and a multimedia touch display.
Mercedes haven’t yet revealed how much this powerful electric newcomer will cost British buyers when it goes on sale later this year – but we suspect you won’t see much change out of £100k.