If 385kW and a 0-100km/h time of 4.3 seconds isn’t quick enough for you, Mercedes-AMG will have you covered.

    Our spy photographers have captured the 2022 Mercedes-AMG EQS testing, with a meaner appearance and more performance than the current flagship EQS 580 4Matic.

    Daimler has trademarked the names Mercedes-AMG EQS 53, EQS 55 and EQS 63, but it’s unclear if it’ll launch three corresponding models.

    Mercedes-AMG has confirmed it’ll introduce its first models based on Mercedes-EQ vehicles later in 2021.

    This prototype is differentiated from regular EQS models by its large carbon-ceramic brakes with gold AMG-branded brake calipers, while it also looks to be riding lower than the regular EQS.

    There’s still camouflage on the front and rear but expect revised bumpers and potentially other design tweaks like darkened headlight surrounds.

    Mercedes-AMG has said its electric models will still feature vertical grille louvers, plus a unique front apron and rear spoiler, diffuser and wheels.

    The tuning arm’s new all-electric powertrain is claimed to have performance levels on par with the current 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine.

    With two independent synchronous electric motors and fully variable all-wheel drive, Mercedes-AMG claims a 0-100km/h sprint of less than 4.0 seconds.

    Electric AMG models have been confirmed to use a battery adapted for higher performance, plus AMG-tuned air suspension and an artificial sound package called the AMG Sound Experience.

    Mercedes-Benz officially revealed the two-member EQS range earlier this month, with the top-spec model featuring dual-motor all-wheel drive.

    The EQS 580 4Matic produces 385kW of power and 855Nm of torque, and completes the 0-100km/h sprint in 4.3 seconds.

    The company said it’ll offer a higher-performance model after launch, complete with 580kW of power.

    Like the EQS 450+, it features a 107.8kWh lithium-ion battery and can be charged at up to 200kW at an ultra-rapid DC charge station.

    Rival brands are already offering performance variants of their electric offerings.

    That includes the Audi E-Tron GT RS and its Porsche Taycan Turbo and Turbo S cousins, as well as the Tesla Model S Plaid.

    Other vehicles like the upcoming Lucid Air also showcase the dizzying heights of performance possible with an all-electric vehicle, with the Air offering 805kW of power in its flagship trim.

    In addition to rolling out a fettled EQS electric sedan, Mercedes-AMG is also readying high-performance plug-in hybrid models in the shape of the next C63 and the GT73e 4-Door Coupe.

    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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