The newest blob of Mercedes Benz’s EQ lineup gets a performance variant. Surprisingly, it’s more than just dealership accessories, adding to the absurdity.
First off, the dual electric motors, which makes it all wheel drive. They’re much bigger than the ones in the regular EQE trims, with increased power in the inverter, packing 617 horsepower and 701 lb-ft of torque. Not enough power? AMG offers a Dynamics Plus Package that installs a ‘Race Start’ launch control that slightly increases the numbers to 677 HP and 738 lb-ft for off-the-line action that only exhilarates its occupants. The EQE AMG has a 0-60 mph of 3.4 seconds, with optional carbon ceramic brake rotors in the front; which you’ll surely need when you take its weight into account.
Its handling department features the AMG Ride Control+ with adaptive dampers and air suspension. The former is recycled from another model, the AMG GT sedan, but has been refined with better adjustments to road conditions. Expect this technology in future AMG models. There are five driving modes to choose from: Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Individual; we assume the latter allows for custom settings to fit your driving style. The Slippery mode could either be one for terrains and conditions with a lack of grip or one for slides; the latter of which is unlikely given its nature. The dashboard-wide infotainment system featured in the normal model is optional.
p dir=”ltr” style=”line-height: 1.38;margin-top: 0pt;margin-bottom: 0pt”>All the gimmicks and performance onboard really is food for thought: who, when, and why would one take your electric SUV racing/on a track? But clearly, that’s up to the owners. Then again, there are legitimate AMG owners who purchase the perfprmance trims while never flooring it once in their ownership. We assume 700 HP in an SUV is a nice extra, one that’ll rarely see any use.