Presenting The 677-HP 2023 Mercedes-AMG EQE

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More power. Improved suspension. Pure AMG.

Mercedes-AMG's second (but not final) all-electric model has officially arrived. Introducing the 2023 Mercedes-AMG EQE, the slightly smaller sibling to the AMG EQS flagship. Both vehicles ride on the German automaker's dedicated EV architecture. The non-AMG Mercedes EQE Sedan has already been revealed but the AMG version has the usual crop of upgrades in the realms of suspension, brakes, sound, exterior and interior enhancements, and general equipment.

The AMG-specific synchronous electric motors are located at both front and rear axles creating fully variable all-wheel drive, a system that distributes power to the road based on driving conditions and five driving modes: Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, or Individual. The motors receive their electric juice from a 328-volt, 90.6-kWh battery that consists of ten modules and 360 cells. Total output comes to 677 horsepower and 738 lb-ft (both temporarily) of instant torque when equipped with the AMG Dynamic Plus Package and boost function.

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Without that package or under normal driving conditions besides launch control, you're still looking at a seriously impressive 617 hp and 701 lb-ft. Quick comparison: the Tesla Model S Plaid has 1,020 hp. Mercedes says 0-60 mph happens in 3.2 seconds (3.4 without the AMG Dynamic Plus Package) so long as you have at least a 70 percent state of charge. Drivers will continue on to a top speed of 149 mph, or 137 mph without the package.

EVs may be quieter than a twin-turbo V8, but AMG addresses the issue with special speakers, a bass actuator, and a sound generator. This combination offers two sound programs called Authentic and Performance, and each has three variants: Balanced, Sport, and Powerful. The adaptive air suspension, called AMG Ride Control+, consists of a four-link front axle and multilink rear suspension, is very similar to the system found in the AMG EQS and AMG GT Four-Door Coupe though it has a unique setup for this application.

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When driving below 37 mph, the standard rear-axle steering moves the rear wheels moving in the opposite direction to the front wheels for improved maneuverability. Above 37 mph, front and rear wheels steer in the same direction for better stability at high speeds. AMG high-performance six-piston brakes provide stopping power for the front axles while the rear has single-piston brake calipers. Buyers can further select the available AMG ceramic high-performance brake system. The i-Booster brakes work to make sure the brake system, as a whole, efficiently combines electric recuperation with the hydraulic brakes.

Styling-wise, the folks at Affalterbach gave the AMG EQE a black Panamericana panel grille (like the AMG EQS) with hot-stamped vertical chrome struts, an integrated Mercedes star, and AMG lettering. The headlights even boast an AMG-specific projection when opening and closing the car. A body color-painted front bumper contrasts nicely with the high-gloss black front splitter. Note the additional air diffusers on each side and AMG sill panels.

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Out back is a similar story with a body-color bumper. There's also the must-have large rear spoiler. Even the standard 20-inch alloy wheels (21s are optional) are aerodynamically optimized. Inside, you'll find the usual crop of AMG badging, such as in the head restraints and the flat-bottom steering wheel. AMG seats with individual graphics are covered in the MB-Tex material with microfiber and red stitching. Nappa leather seats cost extra. There's also the optional (and massive) MBUX Hyperscreen curved display that extends the entire width of the dash. An AMG Night Package is available for a sporty, darker appearance.

All owners will have access to the AMG Track Pace MBUX virtual race engineer app that can monitor lap times. Pricing details have not been announced, nor has official EPA-rated range, but we expect that info to become available closer to the early 2023 on-sale date.

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