Specs check: Tesla Model S vs. Lucid Air vs. Mercedes-Benz EQS


What about power?

The Model S Plaid is the fastest car Edmunds has ever tested. Its three electric motors combine to produce a staggering 1,020 horsepower, enough to launch it from zero to 60 mph in 2.3 seconds.

The Lucid Air Dream Edition line is how you get the 520 miles of range that make the headlines. It develops a robust 933 horsepower, but that’s not enough to trouble the Plaid. If you don’t mind sacrificing some range for total oomph, you’ll need the Lucid Air Dream Edition performance. The engines produce a total of 1,111 horsepower; it’s a bit slower than the Tesla, but Lucid cites a 0-100 km / h time that is slightly slower by 2.5 seconds.

We know the AMG EQS will produce 649 horsepower, or up to 751 horsepower with an optional overboost feature. It is estimated to go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. But since important statistics like range and price are not yet available, we are not using them for this comparison. The EQS 580 4Matic, however, develops 516 horsepower and 611 lb-ft of torque. It’s still enough to get you out of bed in the morning, but Mercedes’ estimated 0-100 km / h time in 4.1 seconds will get you back the roses if you’re running for good.

Up to dollars and cents

Perhaps the most important number when it comes to any of these EVs is the size of the hole they’re going to burn in your pocket when you sign the dotted line. The Air is by far the more expensive of the three and costs $ 169,000 in Dream Edition specs. The Performance and Range versions cost the same, so which one you get depends on your personal preferences.

The EQS is cheaper than the Lucid, but it’s not exactly cheap. Fully loaded 580 4Matic Pinnacle models cost $ 126,360, on par with the S Plaid model. The Tesla can go from 0 to 60 in just 2.3 seconds, but it can empty your wallet even faster. The Plaid starts at $ 129,990, and that’s before you added the $ 10,000 option for Tesla’s much-vaunted self-driving capability feature.

Edmunds says

Buyers looking for their next premium electric vehicle have a lot more to choose from than the previous Model S by default. Tesla’s global performance is hard to argue with, but some competitors are offering a more attractive price or a better range.

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