Two BEV Bruiser Cruisers Unveiled by Mercedes-AMG

Mercedes-AMG has entered the BEV market with two high performance muscle cars joining its line-up.

New to the range are the 471bhp Mercedes-AMG EQE 43 4Matic with a claimed WLTP range of up to 533km, and the more powerful 681bhp Mercedes-AMG EQE 53 4Matic, claiming up to 518km in range. The maximum torque ranges from 632ft-lbs to 737ft-lbs. The models are based on the electric-exclusive Mercedes architecture of the luxury and premium class (EVA2).

Performance is brisk with the former claiming a 0-62mph sprint time of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 130mph and the latter seeing the sprint dispatched in 3.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 150mph.

The new Mercedes-AMG EQE models are equipped with a 328-volt high-performance drive batter. It has a usable energy content of 90.6 kWh and consists of ten modules with a total of 360 pouch cells. In the Sport and Sport+ drive programs the focus is on performance, in the Comfort drive program the focus is on operating range.

Another new feature is the possibility to install updates for the battery management system over-the-air for continuous improvements over the life cycle. The EQE 53 4Matic+ also features an AMG-specific wiring harness adapted to the higher performance capability. In an advance in sustainability in the cell chemistry, the cobalt content is reduced to 10%. The optimised active material consists of nickel, cobalt and manganese in a ratio of 8:1:1.

Jochen Hermann, chief technical officer of Mercedes-AMG, said: “The compact format of the EQE forms the perfect starting point for realizing a highly agile and very emotional driving experience with our AMG-specific solutions. This applies in particular to the areas of drive, chassis, brakes and, above all, sound. This ensures that our customers can also look forward to our brand’s hallmark Driving Performance in our second all-electric model series.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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