Mercedes-Benz is expanding its subscription system, so in the case of EQ electric models, it provides better acceleration for $1,200 a year, or HUF 477,000 converted at the current exchange rate, writes the Drive.

The service called “Acceleration Increase” also increases not only the acceleration of the car, but also its maximum power and torque. According to the Stuttgart brand, the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) sprint can be done 0.8 to 1 second faster if the car owner subscribes to it. Those who do so can take advantage of the extra performance by selecting a dynamic driving mode.

In the subscription model, the performance data of the different EQ types changes as follows:

Type name Performance – by subscription Performance – without a subscription Acceleration (0-96 km/h) – with subscription Acceleration (0-96 km/h) – without subscription
EQE 350 4MATIC 348 HP / 260 kW 288 HP / 215 kW 5,1 mp. 6,0 mp.
EQE SUV 350 4MATIC 348 HP / 260 kW 288 HP / 215 kW 5,2 mp. 6,2 mp.
EQS 450 4MATIC 442 HP / 330 kW 355 HP / 265 kW 4,5 mp. 5,3 mp.
EQS 450 SUV 4MATIC 442 HP / 330 kW 355 HP / 265 kW 4,9 mp. 5,8 mp.

A few months ago, another German manufacturer, BMW, had to backtrack after a similar move, after tying the operation of services and functions to a subscription, which had physical conditions for the given model, but were not activated software-wise, such as the seat heating.

After that, its customers strongly criticized the Bavarian brand, so it is questionable whether this time Mercedes-Benz will find a customer base that would pay HUF 50,000 per month in order for their car to accelerate a little more dynamically.