Drive journalists were freed to compile their ideal specification of AMG’s first mass-produced electric car.
Customization is all the rage at the moment, but choosing can be seriously confusing. In our configurator prompt, we let Drive team freely on the manufacturer’s website to create your ideal combination for a particular model.
This week’s challenge centers on the Mercedes-AMG EQS53, the first high-performance electric Mercedes sold in Australia – and one of the most expensive, with a base price of $328,400 plus on-road costs.
Let us know what your ideal 2023 Mercedes-AMG EQS53 would look like in the comments below (configure yours here) and the cars you’d like us to configure next.
James Ward, Director of Content
I went all out with Bruce Wayne with my EQS53; Obsidian Black with AMG Night Package and the requisite 22-inch wheels. I think the black emphasizes the techno nature of the EQS and reaffirms it as a limo…
However, to balance the yin and yang, I opted for a light Neva Gray interior with open-pore walnut trim. I also opted for the AMG Dynamic Plus package and the head-up display with augmented reality.
This is how EQS shows the sleek modernity of black AMG on the outside, but inside is classic Mercedes in a combination of light leather and wood.
Total price: $342,770 plus on-road costs
By Kez Casey, Production Editor
Maybe it’s just me, but I find the EQS to be one of the most unfortunate-looking cars ever to come from Mercedes-Benz, so I tried to hide its lumpy shape with a coat of Obsidian Black paint.
It points to AMG for the 22-inch multi-blade wheels, but they look beautiful. For some reason, MB will only let you pack red calipers with tinted rear windows (because the two things are supposedly related), so I’ll keep mine in unseen anodized silver.
Strangely, there are no outrageous red or yellow trim options for the AMG product. If you’re adventurous, there’s a brown and gray combo for the hospital waiting room, but if you’re like me and you’re not, there’s black and gray, as seen here. This matches the carbon fiber trim on the console and doors.
Other than that, there’s not much to add – apart from the AMG Dynamic Plus package, which of course increases output to 560kW and 1020Nm. Despite the relatively short options list, that’s still $13,000 on top of the already hefty $328,400 entry price.
Susannah Guthrie, Senior Journalist
Call me boring, but I think the EQS53 looks best in plain old white, so I opted for the only standard exterior paint option: Polar White.
I also added the AMG Night Package ($3990) so I had a protective glass on the back. To inject some extra color, I upgraded the brakes to bright yellow AMG ceramic composite units ($9,990).
Inside, I liked the crisp, clean look of the nappa leather interior in Neva Gray and Balao Brown, even though it’s a completely ridiculous choice considering I have a one-year-old. But a girl can dream.
I can’t beat a good wood finish, so I added walnut inlays and then enjoyed my driver’s experience with the MBUX augmented reality head-up display ($2,690).
Even without factoring in the expensive interior trim changes, I’m already over $345,000 up before on-road costs, so I’d rather stop there.
Emma Notarfrancesco, Chief Journalist
My EQS53 is finished in Sodalite Blue Metallic (a free option), while the exterior has the AMG Night Package – a $3,990 option. This adds gloss black AMG exterior accents along with 22-inch matte black/silver AMG light-alloy wheels and red brake calipers.
Inside, I chose black/space gray AMG nappa leather upholstery with brown open-pore walnut trim. Interior options include the $9,290 Energizing Comfort Package, which includes a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, a rear-seat entertainment system, two wireless headsets, the Energizing Package with wellness programs, the Energizing Coach app, and the Energizing Air Control Plus air purifier.
Other highlights include ceramic composite brakes ($9990), an augmented reality head-up display ($2690) and AMG carbon fiber interior trim ($2990).
In total, I added $28,950 worth of options to the EQS starting price of $328,400 plus on-road costs.
Like my colleague Kez, I believe that the appearance of the EQS53 leaves a lot to be desired. That’s why I’ve decided you have to go full spec to get distracted.
I’ve always been a big fan of the Benz’s ($1990) Hyacinth Red, so that covers the exterior, although the interior was a tougher choice. There was a nice light gray color reminiscent of the mid-2000s S and CL class, but I wasn’t such a fan of the brown it automatically chose for the center console and dash. I ended up going straight for black upholstery, which is innocuous enough.
There are relatively few options to tick, but I settled on the $9990 carbon-ceramic brakes, $2990 carbon fiber inserts and $2690 extended head-up display. I was most excited about the second choice, which cleverly puts your navigation instructions right in your face on the windshield.
I also opted for the $7,690 AMG Dynamic Plus package, which unlocks more power from the two engines, because what are electric cars for if not for maximum warp acceleration in a straight line?
I decided to change things up from the usual black, white and silver options by going with Nautic Blue Metallic – unique but equally high maintenance. I also think it’s one of the best blues ever, but that’s just me.
I went with the 21 instead of the 22 inch pothole finders because they both look better and give a bit more sidewall protection on the roads this car will be used on most of the time.
As I tend to eat while driving, white seats are a no-no, but I feel the combination of black leather with a bit of brown adds a unique look, even when matched with carbon fiber. In a two-ton electric car, you have to save every gram.
There are heated rear outer seats in case I ever end up in the back, and a heated steering wheel in case I don’t.
You must also have the AMG Dynamic Plus package and high-performance ceramic brakes in case that racing bug bites.
Alex Misoyannis, journalist
It’s been a bit of a wait, but AMG’s first production electric car – not its very first; that was the 2013 SLS Electric Drive super sports car – it has arrived in Australia.
Unsurprisingly, it’s not cheap, priced from a shade under $330,000 excluding on-road costs. But if you’re going to spend that much on an AMG electric sedan… what are some optional extras for your back pocket?
This is why my AMG EQS53 configuration is almost fully loaded, with a few exceptions. To the base price of $328,400, I added the $7,690 AMG Dynamic Plus package for the full 560kW, plus the $3,990 AMG Night Package, which includes nicer 22-inch wheels (which I would have chosen regardless), black accents and red brake lights stirrups.
Finished in Manufaktur Hyacinth Red metallic (unsurprisingly $1,990), my EQS53 also has an augmented reality head-up display ($2,690), carbon fiber interior inserts ($2,990), a 22kW on-board charger ($2,490) and AC wallbox for my garage ($1450).
I don’t need the $9290 Energizing Package, or the $9990 carbon-ceramic brakes; I’m sure the steel brakes will do the job well enough.
In total, that’s $351,690 plus the cost of the trip – or probably almost $375,000 per drive once all government fees are included.
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