Scud-missiles, hood-mounted machine guns, and an ejector seat is all the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is missing to see strong consideration for the next Bond film. With all-wheel drive, 751 hp, and a zero to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds, this much anticipated supercar from the brilliant-minds in Affalterbach does not disappoint. And although the electric SLS AMG has a governor that tops it out at 155mph, the four electric motors that produce a combined output of 552kW and max torque of 1000Nm, still makes this ride the fastest electrically powered vehicle on God’s green earth. Proof? Of course! Tested at the famed, Nürburgring “North Loop” track in Deutschland, the SLS AMG Coupé ran the course in a record time for electric autos at under 8 minutes. Not too shabby.
Albeit, an impressive vehicle, there are two things that must be answered when discussing the functionality of electric cars. First, how far am I going to be able to travel, and what kind of charge time are we talking? Second, am I still going to be able to intimidate the guy driving the Volvo station wagon next to me at the light with the rumble of my engine?
Drive Range & Charge Time: The high-voltage battery powering the electric SLS consists of 12 modules, each with 72 lithium-ion cells giving drivers around 155 miles of range (this is about 2x the drive distance of the all-electric, Nissan Leaf). The SLS AMG also comes equipped with a 22kW quick charge function, making it possible for battery life to be at 100% in approximately 20 hours. Furthermore, in a design that replicates that of an F1 race car, the SLS AMG’s battery charges during times of deceleration while the car is driving. Engine Sound: Because the SLS AMG Coupé Electric goes without the thirst for fossil fuels, the boisterous belch of the tailpipes is hushed. However, the vehicle is outfitted with “SLS eSound” technology, allowing those inside the vehicle to experience all the enjoyments of a rumbling-guzzling V8. Sounds are generated through the on-board 11-speaker system, and will vary depending on the type of drive mode the vehicle is in. In addition, “EV purists” do have the ability to turn this feature off, to instead enjoy the whispering murmur of the electric motor(s), should they choose to do so.
With the classic, yet futuristic Gullwing body style and record setting speeds, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is undoubtedly a pioneer in the EV world. The steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters that assist brake regeneration, the multi-setting – AMG Torque Dynamics button – for cornering optimization, and the lux-interior outfitted with designer leather, are just a hint of the touches that make this vehicle ahead of it’s time. With a price tag of around half a million, however, the SLS AMG Coupé Electric is no everyday-driver, but would make for one hell of an awesome ride. Be sure to check out the pics!