2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: U.S. Blackout for Electric Drive
August 26, 2013
If you've been waiting for the electric Mercedes SLS AMG to come to the U.S. simply so you can single-digit salute your attorney neighbor and his Tesla, well, the good news is that the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive debuts in the States next year.
That's about the only Benz EV you'll see here for awhile, as M-B has no plans to offer the SLS AMG Electric Drive here. The $550,000 price could have something to do with it. That mass of Benjamins buys a lot of Ferrari, Lamborghini or middle-class housing in the U.S., so Mercedes probably thinks it a bit of a lost cause.
So we content ourselves with daydreams.
To announce its launch, Mercedes dragged the SLS AMG Electric Drive around the Nurburgring north loop in 7:56 minutes, on par with the Corvette Z06 and 911 Turbo. Electric motors at each wheel deliver full-time all-wheel drive and, supplied by a 60 kWh battery pack, generate 751 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque, the latter found in equal measure in the twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 found in the SL65 AMG.
Does independent drive at each wheel dial back some of the death-twitch inherent in the rear-drive V8? We may not know that for awhile. So let your attorney neighbor prattle about his Tesla's superb crash test performance. Dopes like him will never need to worry about a small error on a thin margin, and the choice of going out in a hairy ball of fire or an equally hairy shower of arcs and sparks.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor