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What do we think of this one? I'm left curious, interested and yet a bit frustrated at the same time .....

Great! pay $1200 in order to wear out your expensive tyres even faster. What next, pay extra to start your car? Extra to select reverse? Extra to turn on the lights?
 

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I too have mixed emotions on this one, Mkultra40!

1) I think it's cool that certain features/options can simply be unlocked by a software command over the air. For example, 10 degree rear wheel steering on some EQ* models.
2) It makes me wonder about the big-picture economics of such a strategy. Do the manufacturing benefits enjoyed by installing the same component on every car (whether desired or not) outweigh the costs? Or, are all buyers, as a whole, subsidizing this strategy by paying for at least a portion of hardware they never ordered?! I suspect it's a bit of both.
3) Subscriptions for over the air entertainment, movement monitoring, etc, I don't mind.

In the end, I don't strongly object to unlocking of an option or feature via a one-time payment. What I do object to is having to pay a monthly or annual subscription to be able to use hardware already in the vehicle. I suspect I feel more strongly about this than the average person because in the past, I have tended to keep cars 10-15+ years. I don't know, but perhaps I won't be able to practically keep an electric car this long. There is not enough of a track record on this... Looking at BMW customers having to pay for heated seats makes me very frustrated!

In the case of paying to unlock acceleration, I could personally care less. I have 0-60mph on my current ICE of 7.6 seconds and that's been quite fast enough for me. It irks me that I may be looking at paying for an EQE SUV 500 in order to be able to order the HyperScreen. Then I will have a 0-60mph acceleration of 4,7 seconds, which I absolutely do not need and do not want to pay for.

End of rant.
 

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I really hope one day I can buy myself a AMG like upgrade for my EQS 580. Rather than just a software performance boost, launch control, another grill and steering wheel there is no difference between. How nice would it be if you could just change your Dynamic Driving Profile to S+ (or AMG). Using the S+ (or AMG) profile would have consequences (faster battery drain) but if you just drive comfort you have the same range the EQS 580 has on today.
 

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They are trying to see if it has traction. If you have already purchased a Mercedes that has aplomb HP, NM, Range, and Torque…what would it matter to shave up to a sec off your 0-60 or 1/4 mile trap?

if you want a Mercedes for the track then purchase the AMG versions where unlocking more May make sense.

If Mercedes is unlocking more range from the remainder packs that is not directly being used for vehicle performance then it would be a great idea but the increase range would have to be significant.
 

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I dont like the idea of subscription performance upgrades. If they find ways of improving the performance through software upgrades, it should be free to the original owners to show appreciation for buying their product.
 

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I really hope one day I can buy myself a AMG like upgrade for my EQS 580. Rather than just a software performance boost, launch control, another grill and steering wheel there is no difference between. How nice would it be if you could just change your Dynamic Driving Profile to S+ (or AMG). Using the S+ (or AMG) profile would have consequences (faster battery drain) but if you just drive comfort you have the same range the EQS 580 has on today.
That tell me that the different deafferent from the 580 and the AMG is the tune. So we just have to wait for some one on the after market to come up with the tune.
 
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