Mercedes has confirmed high performance AMG variants of the upcoming EQA, EQB, EQE And EQS class electric vehicles.
AMG is no stranger to making cars go fast. From the 1960s to now, the tuning brand has undergone many changes in the past, but soon we could be seeing one of the single biggest changes to the AMG brand. Renowned for petrol guzzling V8 powered super saloons and the like, Mercedes’ swing towards electrification could see a change for their performance wing as they progress into the future of vehicular mobility.
Chief Operating Officer at Mercedes-Benz, Markus Schäfer stated following the release of the electric Mercedes EQA that “an electrical platform in the direction of AMG is coming”, going on to say that “performance variants of the EQA, B, S, E” will be on their way.
Nothing else is known about the upcoming electric AMGs as its either in early stages (or hidden well under wraps), however we do know for a fact that the brand knows how to build electric cars – as they’ve done one in the past based on the SLS called the Electric Drive. A limited run electric production car, Mercedes made less than 100 units for the market, fitted with four synchronous motors producing a combined 552kW (740hp), a whopping 1,000Nm and capable of spinning up to 13,000rpm.
Nearly a decade after the SLS AMG Electric Drive’s release, EV technology has progressed quite far, so we’d think the upcoming electric AMGs will have far more to show than the SLS’s 3.9 second 0-100km/h acceleration time, considering the performance figures being achieved across the road at Porsche, and from rivals Tesla and Audi.
What the SLS AMG does prove however is that AMG has clearly been dedicating at least some time to developing electric vehicles – and with the staggered release of the upcoming EQA, EQB, EQE and EQS, all we have to do is wait for the official announcement of the next generation of Mercedes-AMG.