2022 Mercedes-AMG EQS 4Matic+ vs. 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid Photos

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2022 mercedesamg eqs 4matic and 2022 tesla model s plaid

Michael SimariAutomobile and Driver

At present, there are however three electrical luxury-performance sedans in the marketplace: The Tesla Mannequin S Plaid, the AMG-Mercedes EQS 4Matic+, and the just-introduced Lucid Air are the flagship EV sedans. Because the EV market begins to subdivide like so many amoebas, barely smaller, much more nimble EVs just like the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT might sometime be seen because the core of a brand new EV sport-sedan class, however for now that is the highest of the market.

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The Tesla Mannequin S went on sale in 2012, and its exterior sheetmetal has seen solely minor adjustments since its debut. At present’s Mannequin S is sort of indistinguishable from first-year automobiles.

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There are two variations of the Mannequin S: the bottom automobile, with 670 horsepower and an EPA-estimated vary of 405 miles, and the Plaid, which comes commonplace with three motors making a mixed 1020 horsepower and providing a 396-mile vary.

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Sticky non-obligatory 21-inch Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires scale back the Plaid’s EPA vary from 396 miles to 348 and enhance its skidpad grip to 1.08 g’s, extra cornering than a Porsche Cayman GTS 4.0.

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The Plaid’s 2.1-second 60-mph time is the second quickest we have ever examined, tied with that of Porsche 918 Spyder. Just one automobile on the planet—the $4.3 million, 1578-hp Bugatti Chiron Tremendous Sport—can beat the Plaid’s 9.4-second, 151-mph quarter-mile blast.

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Tesla improved the Plaid’s inside with nicer supplies after which made parking-lot maneuvering a nightmare by changing the steering wheel with an aircraft-type yoke—a change that exhibits why steering wheels have remained round for the previous 100 years.

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Mercedes-Benz’s in-house tuning division hot-rodded the brand new electrical EQS 580 sedan with upgraded motors that produce 751 horsepower and 752 pound-feet of torque.

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The weirdly formed AMG EQS is fitted with the identical 107.8-kWh battery as the usual EQS 580. It offered sufficient juice to journey 290 miles in our real-world highway-range check—towards an EPA estimated 277-mile vary, making it one in every of just a few EVs to beat its EPA-range quantity.

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The AMG EQS’s inside is the definition of plush. Just about all surfaces are coated with both leather-based or Mercedes’s faux-leather—which is so good it is virtually unattainable to inform from the actual factor. Attractive wooden with metallic inlays and upmarket finishes adorn the cabin.

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Regardless of weighing 5911 kilos, the all-wheel-drive AMG EQS hauls itself to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds, simply 0.1 second slower than a C8 Corvette Z51.

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The AMG EQS can hustle down a two-lane highway, but it surely lacks the sharp responsiveness and pleasant agility we have come to count on from AMG-tuned autos.

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