It was only a matter of time before the Mercedes EQS received the AMG treatment.
It's been just over a month since the Mercedes EQS debuted, but we already know that AMG is working on a high-performance version of the ultra-luxury electric sedan. We got our first look at the Mercedes-AMG EQS in the form of a camouflaged prototype last month, and now it's started strip teasing.
This latest prototype is practically naked, with camouflage only covering the grille and elements of the rear fascia. On initial inspection, you would be forgiven for thinking this is a standard EQS. Compared to combustion-powered AMG models, the enhancements are subtle since there are no exhaust pipes.
However, a closer look reveals some signature AMG components. The prototype is fitted with beefier carbon-ceramic brakes and gold AMG-branded brake calipers. It also has a lower ride height, but other styling changes will be subtle. The camouflage is most likely covering up a more aggressive front bumper and a redesigned grille. We can also see a small rear spoiler.
It's difficult to tell, but the headlights could also have some dark inserts to distinguish the AMG variant. Currently, the most powerful version of the EQS is the 580 4MATIC guise, which has two electric motors producing a combined 516 horsepower and 611 lb-ft of torque.
Mercedes has confirmed a more powerful version is coming with 630 hp, but the AMG EQS is rumored to have around 670 hp, which will be sent to all four wheels. Mercedes has registered trademarks for the "EQS43", "EQS53" and "EQS63" model names, so there could be multiple variants of the high-performance with different power outputs.
Based on Europe's WLTP estimate, the current EQS will cover a range of 478 miles but we're expecting the US version to have an EPA-rated range of around 335 miles. Inevitably, the extra juice powering the AMG EQS will reduce the range. The Mercedes-AMG EQS is expected to debut either in late 2021 or early 2022.