We’re used to seeing big numbers from cars produced by Mercedes-AMG. Even so, those credited to the new EQS 53 4Matic+, the Mercedes-Benz performance-car division’s first true series-production EV, are the sort to grab the attention of even the most ardent of ICE holdouts.
At 751bhp and 752lb ft in combination with an optional AMG Dynamic Plus package, the big saloon’s electric drivetrain delivers 121bhp and 88lb ft more than the twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine found in the GT 63 S 4-Door Coupé.
The dual-motor system is based heavily on that used by the magnificently refined EQS 580 but with a number of specific modifications aimed at ramping up performance even further.
With a single-speed gearbox and a fully variable four-wheel drive system to deploy it, the result is a claimed 0-62mph time of 3.4sec. Considering the EQS 53’s generous dimensions and 2575kg kerb weight, that's quite an achievement.
In doing so, AMG is serving notice that it doesn’t intend to let a wholesale shift towards electrification ruin its reputation for delivering some of the fastest-accelerating four-doors your money can buy.
The potency of the new model is relayed by a number of unique styling touches that help to set it apart from the standard EQS. Included is an AMG-specific Panamericana grille within a redesigned two-tone front bumper, which sports a prominent splitter element and fins on the air intakes, plus revised air curtains to smooth airflow into the front wheelhouses either side.
Mercedes' fully adaptable Digital Light headlights also feature as standard.