Mercedes-Benz is about to enter the electric vehicle segment with two new electric vehicles, the B-Class Electric Drive and the new SLS AMG Coup’ Electric Drive that you see here. The SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive is debuting today at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
The SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive is based on the SLS AMG GT coupe, but instead of being powered by a 6.2L V8, the SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive is powered by four individual electric motors. The electric motors put out a combined 740 horsepower and 737 lb-ft. of torque, which is significantly higher than the 583 horsepower in the V8 powered version. With 740 horsepower, the SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive is now the most powerful AMG model ever produced.
Mercedes-Benz estimates that the SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive will reach 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds and it will have an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph. Compared to the SLS AMG GT, the electric version, the SLS AMG GT is faster at only 3.6 seconds to reach 60 mph. The slower times can be blamed on the extra 1,200 pounds that the battery adds to the supercar.
The SLS AMG Electric Drive has a range of around 155 miles and will take up to 20 hours to fully recharge on a standard outlet, although a quick charger lowers that time to three hours.
Although four electric motors with 740 horsepower may seem like a dream, Mercedes-Benz is going to put the SLS AMG Electric Drive into production next year with a starting price at 416,500 euros ($536,000 U.S.).
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