For the 2023 model year, the Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 has a starting price of just below £155,000. This surely isn’t the definition of an affordable vehicle but bear in mind the electric saloon has an output of 649 bhp and is currently among the fastest family vehicles money can buy. If you want a little more efficiency combined with a more exclusive look, Brabus has the answer. Prepare to pay a lot more over the stock car’s price, though.

Even though Brabus is best known for its performance upgrades, the focus this time falls on the vehicle’s efficiency and appearance. A full aerodynamic upgrade kit made from exposed carbon in combination with new 22-inch monoblock wheels improves the electric saloon’s drag coefficient by 7.2 percent. As a result, the range at a single charge at a speed between 62 and 87 miles per hour increases by as much as 7 percent compared to the stock figures.

Gallery: BRABUS Mercedes-AMG EQS 53

As a reminder, the EQS 53 has an WLTP-certified range of 358 miles in Europe, which means the upgrade kit from Brabus could increase that number to almost 300 miles per charge. There’s no word about power upgrades, though – the luxury EV continues to rely on its dual-motor system with 649 bhp and 700 pound-feet of torque.

For those looking for a little more thrill behind the steering wheel, Brabus proudly says the new front lip spoiler provides a reduced front axle lift, which improves the handling stability at higher speeds. At the back, a new diffuser and spoiler lower the aero lift of the rear axle by approximately 40 percent, further improving the vehicle’s balance at high speeds.

The tuning company calls this new kit the Masterpiece and it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that it is pretty expensive. The car pictured in the gallery above costs €251,654 in Germany before VAT and other taxes. If we account for the standard 19 percent VAT in the country, that would mean a price tag of €299,468 or approximately £260,500 with the current exchange rates.