A couple of months in the past, we examined out Mercedes-Benz’s EQE SUV, the German automaker’s latest midsize electrical automobile. It used to be a forged performer—now not precisely thrilling however relaxed and supplied with some of the business’s best possible infotainment programs. Now it’s been given the AMG remedy, labored over by means of Mercedes’ in-house tuning department. There are some delicate styling tweaks, suspension upgrades, and new AMG-specific electrical motors that building up energy to 677 hp (505 kW). However has the makeover from Affalterbach controlled to infuse extra pleasure into the EQE SUV recipe?
You’ll be able to inform you are looking on the Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV and now not the common Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV in a few alternative ways. The black panel on the entrance is new, with chromed vertical strakes that recall to mind the radiator grilles on air-breathing AMGs. The entrance bumper is sportier, and gloss black accents are used rather than chrome, in addition to at the aerodynamic bits just like the quite a lot of air vents and diffusers.
There may be an AMG badge at the hood rather than the standard three-pointed superstar, and the spotlight of the AMG remedy, to me a minimum of, used to be the black 21-inch AMG alloy wheels, which come wrapped in EV-specific Michelin Pilot Game tires. However total, the tweaks are delicate and not going to be spotted by means of an off-the-cuff observer.
In case you disassembled an AMG EQE SUV, on the entrance and rear axles, you might in finding quite other completely excited electrical motors to those that propel the common EQE SUV, with new windings and laminations. Changed inverters and a better present translate to a better motor pace, and there may be additionally larger cooling—together with a liquid-cooled rotor shaft—to permit for repeated laborious acceleration with out working into thermal issues. There may be additionally an ordinary warmth pump.
Energy and torque top at 677 hp and 738 lb-ft (1,000 Nm), even if simplest within the “race get started” mode—successfully release keep watch over—with the spice up serve as energetic. With out the spice up, energy is capped at 617 hp (460 kW) in race get started and game+; game mode will provide you with 555 hp (414 kW), convenience limits this to 493 hp (368 kW), and will have to you wish to have the slippery-surface atmosphere, the AMG EQE SUV restricts you to simply 308 hp (230 kW)—50 % energy.
The battery consists of 360 lithium-ion pouch cells, with an AMG-specific wiring harness and energy-management tool. It has a usable capability of 90.6 kWh, and it will possibly DC fast-charge at as much as 170 kW. Charging instances and an EPA vary would possibly not be to be had till nearer to the auto’s arrival in the United States in Q3 2023, on the other hand. Riding on a mixture of again roads after which the freeway from San Diego to Santa Monica, I averaged about 2.5 miles/kWh (24.9 kWh/100 km).
But extra paintings has been carried out at the suspension. The AMG EQE SUV has new adaptive dampers, wheel carriers, suspension hyperlinks, and electromechanical roll bars that may be decoupled for convenience or stiffened to strengthen dealing with, relying on one’s temper. As you could be expecting, the suspension is less assailable in game and game+, which additionally lowers the trip by means of 0.6 inches (15 mm). (This additionally occurs in Convenience if you happen to exceed 75 mph/121 kmh.) Mercedes has additionally selected to suit rear-wheel steerage as same old for US-spec AMG EQE SUVs; this will steer at as much as 9 levels, turning with the route of the entrance wheels above 37 mph (60 km/h) for larger steadiness, and in the other way to the fronts underneath that threshold to extend agility.
On roads and highways in California, the AMG EQE SUV’s trip felt noticeably stiffer than the standard EQE SUV, in particular over growth gaps. There used to be an even quantity of street noise, too, even if in game and game+ modes the powertrain makes growly noises that remind you you might be using one thing with a large number of oomph. And it does have quite a few oomph in the ones modes—simply sufficient to pin you as a passenger to the again of your seat will have to the motive force give it complete throttle. In a racing get started with the spice up, you’ll be expecting to hit 60 mph in about 3.4 seconds.