The new one, and in fact the very first Mercedes-Benz EQS, is a true marvel. Not so much because of how it looks, but mostly because of the technology it hides under the skin. It has the largest battery of any production electric vehicle on the market today, and depending on the configuration, it could be quite powerful. But is that enough to beat the brand’s king of luxury? Let’s find out.
Carwow has a new video on Youtube and it finally shows a drag race between the EQS and the S-Class. Our British colleagues did not choose the most powerful versions, it is surely not an easy task, but it gives us a chance to see how the relatively more affordable versions stack up against each other.
The EQS in this video has a single electric motor powering the rear wheels and delivering 330 horsepower (243 kilowatts) and 420 pound-feet (570 Newton-meters) of torque. That’s decent horsepower even for a large, luxurious sedan, although it’s also important to mention that it’s quite heavy at almost 2.5 tons.
By contrast, the S-Class in this case uses a 3.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine supplemented by a 48-volt hybrid system for a combined output of 435 hp (320 kW) and 383 lb-ft (520 Nm) of torque. . The powertrain is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission and the car weighs 4,552 pounds (2,065 kilograms). Interestingly, between these two particular vehicles, the EQS is actually the cheaper model.
Now that you know the numbers, which car do you think is the fastest? Well, we think you might know the answer just by looking at the numbers, but the results are different when the cars are in motion. And the brake test is epic, too.