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Mercedes-AMG EQE 53 review: AMG’s impressive impression of electric reviews 2022

Mercedes-AMG EQE 53 review: AMG’s impressive impression of electric reviews 2022

Is not AMG better known for large petrol engines and rail storming? What is done with an EV? Can you even twin-turbo an electric motor?

Huff, don’t worry, there are many questions. What we have here is an AMG-certified version of the Mercedes-Benz EQE – Merc’s electric E-Class equivalent – although it is a fairly loose definition, since the EQE is based on Merc’s EVA2-only electric platform and does not resemble the traditional The e-class at all.

And EQE is not pretty. It’s slightly menacing – especially with a double-bladed AMG front, large wheels and rudimentary spoiler – but not beautiful. It looks bulky and thick on the road, but not in a way that makes you think about muscles. There will be two variants with different power outputs – 43 and 53 – and we have the largest here. Because TopGear.

So this is an AMG and Mercedes co-production based on Mercedes basic, rather than a bespoke AMG. Jochen Hermann, Chief Technical Officer of Mercedes-AMG GmbH says that the compact (it is assumed that he failed to add ‘compared to EQS’) EQE is suitable for a series of ‘AMG-specific solutions’ to use some electrical voltage, including “the areas of driving, chassis, brakes and above all sound.”

Which means that AMG now has to come up with more nuanced technical solutions to raise an electric Merc to AMG standards – the company can not just lob a V8 on it and call it good.

You can lob a V8 on anything if you try hard enough and have enough crowbar.

Sure, but then you would not be able to sell the cars: the emission rules and efficiency targets mean that even crazy, bad AMGs must play within new rules. So it is either to start learning about how to make electric AMGs, or eventually fail.

So tell me about EQE 53 then?

Great specs, to be fair, especially when it comes to traditional gasoline headlines; 626bhp / 700lb ft of torque, with 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds and a 137mph top speed. Then there is an optional AMG Dynamic Plus package option that gives all this dizzying to 687bhp / 738lb ft, reduces the 0-62mph time to 3.3 seconds and increases the top speed to just under 150mph.

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For most people, it will be the acceleration numbers that matter – unless you live in Germany near one of the unlimited parts of the autobahn and have easy access to a large fast charger. After all, hitting super-140 mph speeds in an electric car sucks up electrons like a black hole with air-con and leather seats. Still, you’re talking about a motor at each end for four-wheel drive and a continuous and stepless torque sharing, immediate and seamless traction control and a single-speed gearbox. If you want to win the traffic light GP consistently, there is not much that will beat it less than another electric big-hitter.

So what has AMG really done with EQE to make it an AMG, then?

More than you might think, actually. The front and rear motors are AMG-specific PSMs (permanent excited synchronous motors) with custom windings and laminations, higher current and a specific inverter. If it does not matter to you, it essentially allows the engines to spin faster and do it faster, which equates to more power. More instantaneous than instantaneous, then.

Do you want to do repeated 3.3-second 0-62 runs? You will be able to do this, mainly because AMG has ensured that the engines can stay in the top performance envelope longer, thanks to a little extra cooling and heating technology. There is a “water lance” in the shaft of the e-motor that can cool it down, in addition to cool ceramic cooling fins in various places, such as the inverters.

There is also a transmission oil heat exchanger and an oil heater that work in cold weather to increase efficiency. Oh, and all that heat controversy has positive effects when it comes to charging the battery as well – it will require your heart’s desire and work from the navigation system to also ensure that the battery has the optimal temperature for fast charging.

So it works out, but what about the rest?

Stopping this giant is a set of AMG-specific brakes, including an optional set of carbon-ceramic. We have only tried the CCs at this time, and they are reliably fantastic – and offer the kind of stopping power you really need given the speed the car can achieve in a very short time. There is also excellent three-stage brake recovery via switches on the steering wheel, and it is strong enough to use instead of the friction brakes in most normal situations.

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After that, there is rear steering for the rear axle, which really contributes to agility at low speeds and helps keep the car rock solid at higher speeds, as well as fully variable 4Matic four-wheel drive. And this is probably the EQE 53’s trump card when it comes to scratching traction out of any surface it comes across: there is no physical connection between the shafts and an electrically specific system checks the torque 160 times per second to ensure the measurement is effective.

The AMG part comes in when you scroll between driving modes: in ‘Comfort’ mode the focus is on maximum efficiency and range, while in ‘Sport’ and ‘Sport +’ the torque is more backwards tense for sporting pretension. And it feels sporty. When you pull in the AMG ride control adaptive damping that switches between the modes, it comes out of the way.

Not a sports car, but the way this car can find the best way around a corner is deeply impressive. It’s not just fast, it’s a little sensational. But you are always aware of the weight and electronic magic that keeps things in check – it is an extremely efficient machine, but not very engaging.

Ok, so it goes like an AMG, but what about noise? It has always been a big part of AMG ness.

This bit is going to be controversial, because EQE 53 can be very noisy. Comfort mode is pretty quiet – just a slight susurration from the side mirrors. But turn the dial on the steering wheel of Sport or Sport + and ’53 generates a kind of Star Trek digitized buzz that really widens the eyes, rising and falling with the throttle position. So there is some sonic feedback on what the engines do. Honestly it feels like a gimmick, but it’s a good one and the kids will absolutely love it. And there is something about hearing the input you bring that helps when you go fast – it’s feedback, Jim, but not the way we know it.

What about the boring stuff?

You meant the things you need to know if you would actually drive a day to day? Well, tossed under the car is a 90.6 kWh battery (and it’s usable capacity) that provides a range of between 275 and 321 miles on the official, and usually wildly optimistic, WLTP cycle.

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But it depends on what specification you have the car in, and makes the EQE AMG not terribly efficient. It is a large battery for only average range, although you change the distance for speed and horsepower in this case. Still, the many lithium-ion bag cells (360, to be exact) are not lightweight – the EQE AMG weighs well over 2.5 tonnes basic. There is no ballerina.

The interior gets some AMG nice bits and extra graphics, but that’s not really the point here. You get standard 11kW AC charging as standard (which will annoy you if you manage to find one of the fairly practical 22kW charging posts and have not selected the 22kW unit) with 170kW DC fast charging.

This is fine for a non-800-volt system (which tends to run on 230-kW DC), but not surprisingly. Still, just over half an hour on a big rapids for a 10 to 80 percent charge is fine. An average home wallbox will see the large battery flat to full in 14 and a half hours. Almost a case of having three-phase installed in your home.

So what is the verdict?

The EQE 53 feels like an impressive version of how an electric AMG is starting to feel. Yes, the adjustment is more subtle than it has been for internal combustion engines, but that is to be expected given the source material. The notions of what actually constitute AMG’s core values ​​as a brand other than Mercedes Benz vary, but one thing AMG cannot do with electric cars is to insert a larger and noisier engine and call it done.

But they can jump things up in a very AMG way. EQE AMG is almost comically fast, stopping, walking and cycling with physical brilliance. And that is genuinely noisy, and generates the kind of swooshy buzz you usually find in sci-fi movies. It’s amazing, in its own way. But this is not AMG we know from ancient times. Whether it’s a good or a bad thing, well, the verdict is still out.

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