Affalterbach’s bespoke EV: Mercedes-AMG EQS Edition 1 imagined

While fans of the three-pointed star consider the SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive as Mercedes-AMG’s landmark EV, the Mercedes AMG EQS will be the project that writes the Affalterbach-based high-performance division’s important chapter of emission-free, go-fast models. The EQS AMG would deserve an Edition 1 to commemorate the milestone, and our rendering shows what it could look like.

Design

AMGs are renowned for their temper, be it on the design front, the performance, or the exhaust burble. An ‘electric AMG’ is then an anomaly, as it would be silent and softly-restyled derivatives of the ambassadors of the future of Mercedes-Benz. The EQ-derived AMGs may not look any menacing, though they’d be better in every respect when it comes to performance.

Our rendering shows the Mercedes-AMG EQS Edition 1 in a two-tone exterior paint with red and golden highlights. The shape of the grilles and bumpers has been retained, with only minor modifications to preserve the car’s aerodynamic efficiency, which Daimler has worked tirelessly on to achieve a new world record. The upper grille, for instance, cites the look AMG Panamericana grille with faux vertical fins digitally. The air inlets on the flanks of the lower grille lose the horizontal blades to let more air through.

On the sides, in addition to the changes brought by the special color scheme, lighter alloy wheels in a sportier design and gripper tires are used. Daimler may offer AMG ceramic brakes with contrasting calipers to spruce up the styling. Other differences expected in the AMG variants can be seen in the graphic here:

Mercedes-AMG EQ drivetrain features
The Mercedes-AMG EQS could be capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/h in around three seconds and achieving a top speed close to 250 km/h. Image Source: Daimler

Specifications

The Mercedes-AMG EQS should come only in dual-motor all-wheel drive 4MATIC+ configurations. The long-range battery pack with a net energy content of 107.8 kWh would be standard. The front and rear electric motors may produce as much as 560 kW/761 PS/751 hp of system power in the top-end configuration, which could allow accelerating from 0-100 km/h in around three seconds and onwards to 250 km/h.

At least two EQS AMG variants are expected. Daimler has registered and owns three related trademarks: EQS 53, EQS 55, and EQS 63. On the other hand, at the AMG TecDay on 31 March 2021, the company said that the first battery-electric AMG EQ models “are ambassadors for a new era in the performance segment of the 43 and 53 series AMG models.”

The Mercedes-AMG EQS should go on sale in Europe in the second half of 2022.