PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — What makes an AMG? To many, it is a badge glued to their gold C300. That is extraordinarily incorrect. To most, it is vicious acceleration punctuated by a snarling, indignant exhaust notice. It is all a bit naughty and a contact nasty, like turning a refined woman into (avoiding sexist metaphor). So the query is, how do you make an electrical sedan that is quieter than a whisper and already packing 516 horsepower and a 4.1-second 0-60 time extra fast, extra vicious and in any means snarling? That is successfully the duty of the 2022 Mercedes-AMG EQS, the primary electrical automotive tackled by Mercedes’ former in-house tuning agency and present sub-brand, AMG.  

For the fast bit, there are AMG-specific electrical motors on the entrance and rear axles. Should you’re used to studying and/or understanding inner combustion engines, prepare for some new learnings. In keeping with AMG, there are “new windings, stronger currents and new actuation by way of inverters with specifically designed software program (that) permits larger rotational speeds and thus extra energy.” The rear motor is especially highly effective due to a “six-phase design primarily based on two windings with three phases every. The stators with move-in winding guarantee a very highly effective magnetic area.” There was additionally a lot larger cooling capability added, a requirement for the sustained larger speeds anticipated of an AMG, by means of a “water lance within the shaft of the rotor” and AMG-specific parts like “particular ribs on the stator and the needle-shaped pin-fin construction on the invertor, which is manufactured from high-performance ceramics.”

If at this level you have not gone cross-eyed, congratulations. Both means, the tip result’s 649 hp and 700 pound-feet of torque, plus a lift perform that briefly will increase output to 751 hp and 752 lb-ft when utilizing the Race Begin perform included with the AMG Dynamic Plus package deal that comes commonplace on the American-market AMG EQS. With it engaged, the 0-60 time falls to three.4 seconds. That is principally the identical because the Porsche Taycan GTS.

Its acceleration can definitely be described as fast, and the way in which it snaps you into the extra encapsulating AMG entrance seats is certainly vicious. However, can you actually inform the half-second distinction between EQS 580 and AMG EQS? Sadly, a 580 wasn’t available to supply that time of comparability, and it has been two months since I drove one. It did not appear that completely different, which might jibe with such 0-60 variations of inner combustion vehicles. We’re speaking levels of breathtaking right here. Actually, the most important distinction appears to be the elevated cooling capability while you’re actually pushing it on a mountain highway, monitor or the Autobahn.

Ah, however what to do concerning the noise? Whereas the common EQS offers a menu of synthetic noise “sound scapes,” conserving them off appeared acceptable in a automotive for which “quiet” is a defining attribute. Then again, a quiet AMG is an oxymoron. Even AMG appears to agree, as its press supplies and displays successfully lead off with describing the “AMG Sound Expertise” created for the EQS. It encompasses a “new, powerfully sonorous sound” created utilizing extra audio system and different {hardware} that matches the “tonality and depth” of the chosen drive mode or desire of the motive force.

Our desire was to right away flip it off. Not as a result of this EQS continues to be higher for being silent, however as a result of the noise is horrible. The louder of the 2, “Efficiency,” loudly emanates from throughout you, such as you’ve beamed into the warp core of the starship Enterprise. It will get louder as you lay into the throttle, however even whereas cruising, it is this deep, digital, overly sci-fi ambient noise that pulls means an excessive amount of consideration to itself. Going from on to off is gorgeous, like turning in your noise-cancelling headphones mid-flight. And the noise is not simply synthetic in its creation; it is synthetic in its sound and placement. In contrast, the Porsche Taycan’s piped-in noises sound like they’re coming from roughly the place the rear motor is and are actually primarily based on recordings from that motor in motion. The opposite EQS setting, which is inaccurately named “Genuine,” is quieter however nonetheless suffers from so clearly coming from the automotive’s sound system. Fortunately, if there was ever a key aspect of the driving expertise that could possibly be simply corrected by an OTA replace, it is the pretend Jetsons noise machine.

Fast acceleration and foolish noises are solely a part of the fashionable AMG expertise, after all. Whereas the common EQS wafts together with a pillow-soft trip that isolates you from impacts like few different vehicles, the AMG EQS has a extra direct, related feeling that allows you to really feel extra of the highway whereas nonetheless saving you from its most disagreeable topographical options. Deciding on Sport Plus mode will even have it bobbing and jostling as different such max-attack settings do.

Each the common and AMG EQS fashions share a standard suspension design, with a four-link entrance, multi-link rear, air springs and adaptive, electronically managed damping. The componentry is exclusive to the AMG, nevertheless, together with a unique rear axle beam, subframe and motor mountings, transverse stabilizers and management arms. The air suspension additionally makes use of two strain reduction valves, as on the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe, permitting for a larger differentiation in rebound and compression journey. In different phrases, it may be even firmer for dealing with functions with out abandoning trip consolation.

We might like to say how a lot of a distinction all of it made, however highway situations weren’t on our facet. A thick blanket of fog dampened the highway and restricted visibility on the assigned drive route of California Freeway 243 that ascends from the desert up past 6,000 toes towards Mount San Jacinto and Idyllwild, Calif. We will at the least report that the extra related total really feel means it would not present the identical sense of cognitive dissonance, whereby it is stunning that the automotive that was simply wafting alongside a second in the past can instantly whip itself round corners with gorgeous agility somewhat than heave-ho-ing to starboard. The AMG EQS will get the identical varied bag of methods, together with commonplace rear-wheel steering (it strikes as much as 9 levels versus 10 as a consequence of larger wheels), variable all-wheel drive, low middle of gravity and anti-roll efforts of the adaptive air suspension, however due to its suspension upgrades, that gorgeous agility feels cohesive with the automotive’s basic demeanor.  

The brakes get an improve to AMG’s high-performance compound brake system that has six-piston calipers up entrance and single-piston rears (as in different EVs, the regenerative braking system reduces the scale necessities on the rear). You may as well outfit AMG ceramic high-performance brakes that improve in measurement and warmth resistance, however even when we could not push the AMG EQS to its fullest up within the mountains, we’re fairly certain you’d by no means actually wish to push it so onerous in a means that will require ceramic brakes. It is not a Taycan, and that is OK.

Visually, the AMG EQS is most simply recognized by the vertical chrome slats in its gloss black frontal protect that mimic these of the Panamerica grille discovered on different AMGs. There have been additionally modifications made to the automotive’s aerodynamics for improved high-speed stability, together with a entrance splitter and decklid spoiler, which do improve the drag coefficient to 0.23 up from an industry-best 0.20. This, together with the larger motor output, will undoubtedly additional cut back the estimated vary of the 107.8-kilowatt-hour battery shared by each EQS. Whereas the bottom EQS 450+ is estimated at 350 miles, these for the EQS 580 4Matic and AMG EQS have but to be introduced.

The inside will get commonplace MB-Tex simulated leather-based upholstery (actual leather-based is non-compulsory) with purple stitching and microfiber inserts that match the surfaces of the sprint’s decrease surfaces. Its higher floor, plus these of the doorways, will get a singular house gray MB-Tex with a particular surfacing often called “Neotex.” In fact, it is onerous to note something when the usual Hyperscreen and its three big shows are shining at you (to not point out the Tron ambient mild present). They’re principally the identical because the one provided within the common EQS, however the instrument panel display screen receives distinctive AMG-specific gauge designs. Mercedes’ new augmented actuality head-up show is commonplace.

Pricing won’t be introduced till nearer to its on-sale date early subsequent 12 months, and it is onerous to understand how a lot of a premium the AMG will command. We’re guessing its nearer to the $10,000 bump you see between varied 450 and AMG 53 Mercedes fashions versus the large $42,000 chasm that separated the outdated S 560 and S 63 Coupes. That will put the Mercedes-AMG EQS within the $130,000 ballpark, or about the identical because the Porsche Taycan GTS. That appears acceptable as its diploma of consolation, house and opulence is balanced by the Porsche’s far superior dynamic abilities. What concerning the Tesla Mannequin S Plaid? It too begins in that ballpark, and though Tesla pricing appears to vary just like the climate, its efficiency benefit and assumed superior vary is countered by Mercedes’ total high quality and chassis wizardry. In different phrases, if it is certainly $130,000, that appears OK.

Finally, although, the actual bogey is the EQS 580 and whether or not the AMG EQS actually is that a lot better, or somewhat, a extra critical efficiency machine. It simply would not appear to be. The extra related driving really feel is good, however the common automotive continues to be shockingly succesful round corners. Nobody will ever complain about extra energy, however the beneficial properties are a matter of piling extra upon extra. And let’s not convey up the noise once more. It simply looks like an electrical AMG ought to push the envelope additional.