Mat Watson from carwow put the two luxury models face to face. EQS 450+ vs S 500 with long wheelbase. Which is faster?
Electric or thermal? The new question that is sprouting among car fans. Usually, in a straight line, the maximum power developed from very low speeds by electric motors tilts the balance towards the first category. On corners, the situation is debatable. The electric ones have a lower center of gravity and a better distribution of the masses on the decks, and the thermal ones are lighter.
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It is very simple to compare two equivalent models, because each manufacturer has pairs in the range. There are many examples, but the most representative are, by class, Fiat 500e – 500, Renault ZOE – Clio, VW ID.3 – Passat, BMW i4 – 4 Series Gran Coupe, Mercedes-Benz EQE – E-Klasse and… the pair of today.
Well, today, carwow “ran” the Mercedes-Benz S500 version and the electric EQS 450+, with large battery and rear engine. There are two intermediate versions. S500 4Matic L develops 435 hp, but there is also S580 4Matic L, 503 hp. The EQS 450+ also develops 333 hp, but the top of the range, the AMG EQS 53 4Matic produces 658 hp.
EQS 450+ vs S 500
Good. Which is faster? Well, the circuit was faster than EQS. But the difference of only two tenths of a second is insignificant, and can also be caused by Watson’s pilot “skills”. However, certain things are clear. EQS not only underestimated less, taking advantage of the better balance on decks, but also proved to be more agile, with a more communicative direction. Or “more playful,” as Watson puts it. Although the weight is 415 kg higher, the safer behavior is visible, with a smaller roll.
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In a straight line, the situation is reversed, but the differences remain small. EQS accelerates relaxed and takes advantage especially because it does not have to change gears. The S leans back visibly, pulls better and takes advantage of the favorable kg / CP ratio.