• Dec 14th 2009 at 7:00PM
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The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is nothing if not an exciting car to drive, and the German automaker is reportedly hard at work making sure that the upcoming electric version of the supercar generates the same kind of reaction from its occupants. In an interview with Autocar, AMG head Volker Mornhinweg assures that the EV super coupe is now being tested on the road and will hit all of its targeted performance objectives.

The electric M-B SLS AMG will sport four individual electric motors that spin out 525 horsepower and 649 pound-feet of torque through all four wheels. That's enough grunt to push the gullwinged-supercar from 0 to 60 in four seconds flat. Three separate lithium ion battery packs will assure a range of 110 miles, though all those cells will push weight all the way up to a hefty 4,100 pounds – a full 500 pounds more than the gas-powered version.

If you're worried that all those extra pounds will make for a boring drive, don't be. "Effectively being four-wheel-drive does alter its character, but our torque vectoring systems give us opportunities to make it as good," affirms Mornhinweg. "It's important to get the emotional level of an EV right and we have some solutions." We'll have to wait until 2013 to find out for ourselves, at which time the SLS EV will hit the market, possibly for lease only with an unknown asking price.

Photos copyright ©2009 Chris Paukert / Weblogs, Inc.
[Source: Autocar]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      If anyone can do this well/right, it's AMG's people.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @auto.design: The reason it only has a 110 mile range is that they are not altering the body or power in anyway they are trying to keep the entire experience of the SLS but converting it to electric. If they put in motors with less horsepower they would get better range, if they reduced the size of the body making the weight go down they would also increase the range. MB didn't want to do this they wanted an electric supercar not just an electric city car, they are not trying to dilute the SLS in form or function they want an engaging driving experience. 525 horsepower is a lot compared to current EVs but with a weight of 4100 LBS since they put in three separate battery packs which makes it weighs more then most EVs even with this they still get a range of 110 miles which is pretty good considering all of this. If you are looking for an extended range EV this is not the car, now if you want an luxury supercar that comes close to it gas counterpart then this will be it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      lol the way AB said it, i thought of rc gas powered cars and their electric versions. this is a crazy idea, that's my opinion.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Go check your Oxygen sensor.
      • 5 Years Ago
      We are looking at the future of the automobile right there.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. I'm wondering why the range is so low though. You think they'd shoot for 200miles, but I'm sure battery technology will be far ahead of where we are now and MB will claim they're exceeding their original expectations.