> Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 revealed
> First EV AMG model
> 761hp, 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds
> On sale in 2022
> Could be as much as £135,000.
Mercedes has handed the luxurious EQS over to its AMG performance division, which has resulted in some visual tweaks.
For our full rundown on the standard EQS's looks and everything else, read our guide here.
The AMG 53 version of the EQS is fairly reserved for a performance saloon, but there are some tell-tale signs that this EQS means business.
There's a new more aggressive front splitter and rear diffuser, plus a larger rear spoiler on the 53's boot lid. There'll also likely be unique paints to choose from and sportier 21 or 22-inch alloys wheels to decide on too.
For a detailed explanation of the EQS's interior and infotainment, click on the link above for our full guide on the standard EQS.
Here in the AMG 53 version, there are some choice upgrades for those opting for this performance model of the EQS.
We can see new sports seats with AMG emblems embossed on the headrests for starters, plus plenty of red stitching throughout the leather-clad cabin. There are some carbon fibre trim pieces present and correct, plus a different AMG sports steering wheel.
In these pictures, there seems to be some sporty red ambient lighting going on, although like all EQS models you'll be able to choose from a long list of others if you prefer.
The 53 gets the same huge 'Hyperscreen' infotainment system as the standard EQS, but with an added AMG Track Pace app which allows you to record lap times and access performance info from the driver's seat.
The AMG 53 version of the EQS will have largely the same dimensions as the standard EQS, so we can expect the same passenger and luggage space onboard.
The Mercedes EQS is a large car at 5.2 metres in length, but because its wheels are pushed to each end it means there will be loads of space inside for people in its five seats.
The EQS's boot is 610 litres in size, which compared with an S-Class is some 60 litres bigger. There's no word on whether the rear seats fold flat, but we'd be surprised if they do, given you can't in the regular S-Class.
These cars are about luxury before practicality after all.
The Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 will get the larger of the two battery options available on the standard EQS – a 108kWh battery giving it a range of 360 miles, around 120 miles less than the standard EQS.
That'll be because it has much more power. Via an electric motor on each axle, the 53 produces 658hp and 950Nm of torque, but you can also add an AMG Dynamic Plus Package that takes power to 761hp and 1020Nm.
In performance terms, in its most powerful form, the AMG 53 will scythe to 62mph from a standstill in just 3.4 seconds (3.8 seconds for the non-AMG Dynamic Package model) and carry on to 155mph.
Like the standard EQS, the 53 will come with 200kW charging speeds, which, if you can find the right charger, will allow you to around 186 miles of range in just 15 minutes.
Mercedes is yet to confirm an on-sale date for the AMG 53, but we expect it to open for orders in early 2022.
Likewise, there are no prices yet published, but given the standard EQS starts from around £80,000, we expect this AMG 53 version to cost around £135,000 when it does finally go on sale.