A NEW battery-powered super saloon is on its way from Mercedes-AMG as the German company continues its drive for domination in the market for high-end, high-performance electric models.
The new Mercedes-AMG EQE 53 4-Matic+ is the most powerful of a brace of new super-quick electric saloons revealed by the company, but the lower-powered version - the EQ43 4Matic - will not be available to UK buyers.
Both cars are based on the electric-exclusive Mercedes architecture for luxury and premium class models but with AMG-specific tweaks in the areas of drive, suspension, brakes, sound, exterior and interior design and equipment, says the company.
With electric motors on both axles, the all-wheel-drive EQE 53 has a total power output of 626hp and 950Nm of torque and will cover the benchmark 0-60mph sprint in less than 3.5 seconds, going on to a top speed of 137mph.
And if that's a tad slow for your tastes, you can specify an AMG Dynamic Plus package which will boost available power and torque to 687hp and 1000Nm respectively, cut the 0-60 time to under 3.3 seconds and increase top speed to just shy of 150mph.
The newcomer is equipped with a powerful new 328-volt high-performance drive battery and AMG-tuned battery management system which together provide an impressive range of between 276 and 322 miles, according to official testing. A 15-minute boost at a fast-charging station will provide sufficient battery power for a further 105 miles.
Features include fully variable all-wheel-drive, AMG ride control with adaptive adjustable damping, rear axle steering, five selectable drive programmes including race start and a high- performance braking system.
There's even a sound system to let others know you're coming. AMG describes it as giving a new voice to electric mobility'. The driver can regulate the sound and its intensity depending on the driving status and the selected drive program.
AMG specific design features including a black grille and front splitter, an aerodynamically optimised rear diffuser and a larger rear spoiler while the interior comes with AMG sports seats, performance steering wheel and a multimedia touch display.
Mercedes haven't yet revealed how much this powerful electric newcomer will cost British buyers when it goes on sale later this year - but we suspect you won't see much change out of Â£100k.