Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive Debuts at 2012 Paris Auto Show

2012 Paris Auto Show


  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive Picture

    Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive Picture

    Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive. | September 27, 2012

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2012 Paris Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • Battery EV version of the SLS AMG debuts at the Paris auto show.
  • Its range is 155 miles and it accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds.
  • Production launch is scheduled for June 2013.

PARIS — Seven-hundred forty horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. Until the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive came along at the 2012 Paris Auto Show today, we'd have guessed that prodigious output stats like those could only come from some monster turbocharged gasoline engine. Nope — this is an electric car.

A very, very blue electric car. Mercedes has been breaking out the world's most intense color palette for its SLS showcars — remember the screaming nuclear yellow SLS from a few years ago? — and this one does not disappoint. It looks like chrome that's been anodized sky blue, and photos don't do it justice.

An electric motor drives each wheel independently, giving the car all-wheel-drive traction like no other car on the road, plus the ability to finely vector torque for carefully tailored handling. So while it's likely that the SLS AMG Electric Drive is scary fast, it probably won't punt you off the tarmac the first time you plant your right foot to the floor. Probably.

Pushrod-actuated coil-overs replace the regular SLS's double-wishbone front suspension due to the need to package the front axles. It runs from zero to 62 mph in a claimed 3.9 seconds and driven in a sane manner is said to have a range of 155 miles, thanks to a 60-kWh lithium-ion battery. Charging time with a standard European wall socket is 20 hours.

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive will no doubt be the most expensive EV when it is launched in June next year — in Germany it will sticker for €416,500 (including value-added tax), an amount equivalent to $535,660. There have been no plans announced to sell it outside of Europe.

Edmunds says: If you thought electric cars were gutless weenie cars, this one will turn that preconception inside out. Bring money, though. Lots of it.

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