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2013 Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive


We knew it was coming, but we just had no clue if it would be nearly as good as we were hoping for. We are talking about the Mercedes-Benz SLS MG Coupe Electric Drive. As rumors swirled around this model, horsepower and torque numbers swelled to the point of sounding like borderline “White Whale” stories. Well, here we are at the beginning of the Paris Auto Show and Mercedes has wasted no time unveiling this all-new EV to the world.

To say that the SLS AMG is a bad-ass car in itself would be putting it lightly. The gasoline-powered model and its 563-horsepower, 479-pound-feet 6.2-liter V-8 engine is face-ripping awesomeness in a gullwing body. To think that the electric model could be as good as or even better than this little nugget of Benz beauty is near unfathomable, but looking at the basic outline of the car that Mercedes just revealed to us, it just may be a possibility.

UPDATE 10/01/2012: Mercedes has unveiled a cool promo video for their latest SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive - a supersports car equipped with Formula 1 high-tech. It produces no local emissions and represents electro-mobility in its most exclusive form. Enjoy!

UPDATE 02/25/13: A new promo video of the SLS AMG Electric Drive has been released. Check out the Tron-inspired theme of the ad; pretty cool, if you ask us!

Click past the jump to find out more about the Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive and to see if it is as sweet as its gasoline-powered sibling.

Exterior

Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

At first glance, the SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive looks very similar to its gasoline-powered relative, but on closer examination, there are some significant differences. The most obvious differences come up front where the splitter has a more aggressive look. The grille is also a dead giveaway that this isn’t your run-of-the-mill SLS AMG. The grille and its flanking air vents don the same color as the rest of the exterior and as opposed to being open; they feature what Mercedes-Benz calls “bionic honeycomb.”

Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

This bionic honeycomb not only adds a futuristic look to the SLS, but it also provides much-needed airflow to the modules mounted under the SLS AMG’s hood. You will also find that Mercedes-Benz added a little extra flair to the SLS AMG’s headlights, by slightly tinting them, giving the lights a sportier look.

Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

As you make your way down the side of the SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive, you’ll find that just behind the front brake heat extractor lay “Electric Drive” emblems, letting passersby know that you are both Eco-friendly and mean business at the same time. Also noticeable from the sides are the four light-allow, 5-twin-spok wheels wrapped in performance rubber.

On the outside, you get the choice of six colors at no additional cost. The most stunning color is, of course, the Electric Drive-exclusive “AMG electricbeam magno” matte finish – the sharp blue color seen in the images. If this is a little too extreme of a color, you can opt for one of the more commonly used colors.

Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

On the back end, you will notice another difference between the gasoline model and this all-electric version. The rear end appears to be rounder than the gasoline model. This is a visual effect created by the revised rear spoiler and diffuser; the actual shape of the backside is the same between the models.

The SLS AMG Electric Drive’s body shell is the result of the “AMG lightweight performance” design initiative. Mercedes mounted the sensitive lithium ion battery pack in its own carbon-fiber monocoque that also makes up the spins of the vehicle. The monocoque is bolts and bonded to an aluminum space frame for added rigidity. This monocoque system weighs about 50 percent less than an equivalent steel unit and 30 percent less than an equal aluminum unit, but it is as strong as or stronger than both.

Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

In all, just the body and chassis itself is a work of art. It is a delicate balance of lightening and strengthening, and Mercedes spared no expense in developing it.

Interior

Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

On the inside, you have your typical luxury-laden Mercedes-Benz interior. Though the details are not completely known, we can tell that the entire interior is wrapped in luxurious leather and boasts body-colored contrasting stitching. Splashed throughout the interior are small smatterings of grey, like on the steering wheel posts, air vents, center console knobs, and gauge cluster.

The center console is a little cluttered, but honestly not too bad for an electric vehicle. The steering wheel boasts a flat top and bottom, and what looks to be the most perfect grip ever manufacturer. Just looking at it lets you know that this car is meant to be driven.

Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

You also get AMG sports seats to keep you firmly planted through the twist and carbon-fiber highlights throughout the cabin. The AMG instrument gauges behind the grab-it-and-go steering wheel are all new, and in the place of the now unnecessary tachometer is a gauge that lets you know how much power the car needs, its recuperation level, transmission mode, and battery charge.

On the tech side, you get AMG’s Performance Media system, which connects to wireless high-speed internet, and provides you with important performance data, like lateral and longitudinal acceleration, tire pressure, vehicle setup, lap time, vehicle energy flow, battery charge status, current range, AMG Torque Dynamics, battery and motor temperature, and energy consumption.

Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

Like we said, we haven’t gotten every last bit of info on the interior yet, as we are certain there are plenty of options to pick from. We’ll continue to add these options as Mercedes-Benz lets us know about them.

Motor and Driveline

Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

Now for the really fun part; the stuff that makes the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive tick. The battery in the SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive boasts 60 kWh of energy and has a potential energy of 600 kW. This pumps a total of 400 volts through the entire vehicle and into four electric motors – one at each wheel.

These electric motors are set in pairs at each axle with a transmission running each pair. Though they are run in pair, each motor can be individually adjusted on the fly to optimize traction, handling, and acceleration. The total output of the four motors is a whopping 740 horsepower and the torque comes in at a stout 1,000 Nm (737 pound-feet).

Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

The drivetrain is powerful enough to get this SLS AMG Coupe to 100 km/h (62 mph) in only 3.9 seconds, putting it only 0.2 seconds slower than its gasoline brethren and 0.5 seconds faster than the Tesla Tesla Model S. To boot, this ultra-high-performance EV has a total range of 155 miles, making it one of the longest-range EVs on the market.

When it is time for a recharge, Mercedes-Benz gives you two charging options. You can opt for the standard charging system, which plugs into a household plug and takes 20 hours to get a full charge. For an additional cost, Mercedes-Benz will give you their wall charger, which charges the battery in just 3 hours.

With the four-motor all-wheel-drive system that this model uses, Mercedes also gives you the added benefit of AMG Torque Dynamics. This system actively distributes varying force and braking to each wheel to optimize stability.

There are three different modes of AMG Torque Dynamics: Comfort, Sport, and Sport plus. As you progress through each setting, the aggressiveness of the AMG Torque Dynamics system becomes greater, leading to a loss of comfort, but an increase in handling and responsiveness.

In a nutshell, this motor and drivetrain setup is flat-out awesome. Nothing can even complete with it.

Motor and Driveline Specs:

Motor TypeFour compact permanent-magnet synchronous electric motors
Battery Energy60 kWh
Total Voltage400 volts
Total Range155 miles
Charge Time))3 hours on wall mount (optional) / 20 hours (standard)
Acceleration 0-to-100 km/h3.9 seconds
Top SpeedTBD

Suspension and Braking

Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

First off, Mercedes-Benz positioned the SLS AMG Electric Drive’s battery pack low, keeping its center of gravity as close to the ground as possible. To compensate for the addition of driveshafts on the front end, Mercedes fitted the front end with a multilink suspension system with pushrod damper struts, much like you see in racing series.

These horizontally mounted dampers keep the SLS’s 265/35R19 and 295/30R20 rubber planted on the ground, as the hydroelectric steering system repositions the car quickly and effectively.

Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

Bringing this beast to a halt is a set of carbon-ceramic brakes with 402 x 39 mm (15.82- x 1.52-inch) discs up front and 360 x 32 mm (14.17- x 1.25-inch) discs in the rear. This brake setup weighs 40 percent less than the standard steel setup and saving that unsprung weight really increases its handling. To boot, these carbon-ceramic discs stop with far more effectiveness than steel units.

Suspension Specs:

Suspension TypeMulti-link w/ horizontal dampers
Front BrakesCarbon-ceramic w/ 402 x 39 mm (15.82- x 1.52-inch) discs
Rear BrakesCarbon-ceramic w/ 360 x 32 mm (14.17- x 1.25-inch) discs
TiresFront 265/35R19 / Rear 295/30R20
Steering StyleHydroelectric assist

Pricing and Release Date

Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

Well, it’s expensive to say the least, as it the SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive is slated to come in at an outrageous €416,500 ($536,202 at the current exchange rates). It will launch in Germany in June 2013 and a UK launch is under consideration. There is no mention of a U.S. launch.

Pricing and Release:

MarketRelease DatePricing
GermanyJune 2013€416,500
United KingdomTBDTBD
United StatesTBD$550,000 (TopSpeed est.)

Competition

Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

Well, you could loosely peg the Model S against it based only on the fact that it is a fast electric vehicle too. However, comparing the two is unfair, as the Model S is a sedan with a little bit of pep to it and this is an all-out supercar. For now, we’ll leave the SLS AME Coupe Electric Drive in a class all itself. Eventually someone will come by and challenge it.

Conclusion

Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

To say the least, this car is freaking awesome and, sans the pricing, it kicks the snot bubbles out of its gasoline-powered counterpart. Sure, it is a little slower than the gas model, but to have an EV that can pull off these types of performance numbers is simply stunning. But, that €416,500 certainly is a buzz kill for 95 percent of the world.

LOVE IT
  • 740 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of twist... Oh yea...
  • Looking sexy in that AMG electricbeam magno finish
  • 3.9 seconds to 60 mph in impressive
LEAVE IT
  • Over half-a-million dollars?
  • No confirmed U.S. release
  • Pray it doesn’t break down on you

Press Release

ELECTRIFYING – THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL ELECTRIC SUPER SPORTS CAR

The new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive

Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

Affalterbach – With the new SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive, Mercedes-AMG is entering a new era: the locally emission-free super sports car featuring advanced technology from the world of Formula 1 is the most exclusive and dynamic way in which to drive an electric car. The most powerful AMG high-performance vehicle of all time has four electric motors producing a total output of 740hp (552 kW) and a maximum torque of 1000 Nm. As a result, the gullwing model has become the world’s fastest electrically-powered series production vehicle: the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds.

A new dimension of driving performance – a convincing synonym for the AMG brand promise are the outstanding driving dynamics which come courtesy of AMG Torque Dynamics as well as torque distribution to individual wheels, which is made possible by means of wheel-selective all-wheel drive. The most "electrifying" gullwing model ever has been developed in-house by Mercedes-AMG GmbH. The high-voltage battery for the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is the result of cooperation between Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth, Northamptonshire. This is an area in which the British Formula 1 experts were able to contribute their extensive know-how with KERS hybrid concepts.

"The SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is setting new standards for cars with electric drives. As the most powerful gullwing model ever, it is also representative of the enduring innovational strength of Mercedes-AMG. Our vision of the most dynamic electric vehicle has become a reality. With the help of our colleagues at Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth, we are bringing exciting advanced technology from the world of Formula 1 to the road," according to Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

Pioneering, visionary, electrifying: the powerful and locally emission-free super sports car with electric drive also embodies the development competence of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. With this innovative and unique drive solution, AMG - as the performance brand of Mercedes-Benz - is demonstrating its technological leadership in this segment. The SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is aimed at technology-minded super sports car fans who are open to new ideas and enthusiastic about ambitious high-tech solutions for the future of motoring.

Enormous thrust thanks to 1000 Nm of torque

Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

The pioneering drive package in the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is impressive and guarantees a completely innovative and electrifying driving experience: enormous thrust comes courtesy of four synchronous electric motors providing a combined maximum output of 740 hp (552 kW) and maximum torque of 1000 Nm. The very special gullwing model accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds, and can reach a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited). The agile response to accelerator pedal input and the linear power output provide pure excitement: unlike with a combustion engine, the build-up of torque is instantaneous with electric motors – maximum torque is effectively available from a standstill. The spontaneous build-up of torque and the forceful power delivery without any interruption of tractive power are combined with completely vibration-free engine running characteristics.

The four compact permanent-magnet synchronous electric motors, each weighing 45 kg, achieve a maximum individual speed of 13,000 rpm and in each case drive the 4 wheels selectively via an axially-arranged transmission design. This enables the unique distribution of torque to individual wheels, which would normally only be possible with wheel hub motors which have the disadvantage of generating considerable unsprung masses.

The key data at a glance:

SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive

Max. output740hp / 552 kW
Torque1000 Nm
0 – 62 mph3.9 s
Range155 miles (according to NEDC combined)
Battery energy content60 kWh
Battery voltage400 volts

Typical AMG: the sound of the 21st century

Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

Powerful, voluminous, dynamic, emotional and authentic: the characteristic sound of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive embodies the sound of the 21st century. After an elaborate series of tests as well as numerous test drives, the AMG experts have created a sound which captures the exceptional dynamism of this unique super sports car with electric drive. Starting with a characteristic start-up sound, which rings out on pressing the "Power" button on the AMG DRIVE UNIT, the occupants can experience a tailor-made driving sound for each driving situation: incredibly dynamic when accelerating, subdued when cruising and as equally characteristic during recuperation. The sound is not only dependent on road speed, engine speed and load conditions, but also reflects the driving situation and the vehicle’s operating state with a suitable driving noise. Perfect feedback for the driver is guaranteed thanks to a combination of the composed sound, the use of the vehicle’s existing inherent noises and the elimination of background noise – this is referred to by the experts as "sound cleaning." The impressive sound comes courtesy of the standard sound system with eleven loudspeakers.

Advanced Formula 1 technology: high-voltage lithium-ion battery

Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

Battery efficiency, performance and weight: in all three areas Mercedes-AMG is setting new standards. The high-voltage battery in the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive boasts an energy content of 60 kWh, an electric load potential of 600 kW and weighs 548 kg – all of which are absolute best values in the automotive sector. The liquid-cooled lithium-ion high-voltage battery features a modular design and a maximum voltage of 400 V.

Advanced technology and know-how from the world of Formula 1 have been called on during both the development and production stages: the battery is the first result of the cooperation between Mercedes-AMG GmbH in Affalterbach and Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains Ltd. Headquartered in Brixworth in England, the company has been working closely with Mercedes-AMG for a number of years. F1 engine experts have benefited from its extensive expertise with the KERS hybrid concept, which made its debut in the 2009 Formula 1 season. At the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2009, Lewis Hamilton achieved the first historic victory for a Formula 1 vehicle featuring KERS hybrid technology in the form of the Mercedes-Benz KER System. Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains supplies the Formula 1 teams MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and Sahara Force India with Mercedes V8 engines and the KERS.

The high-voltage battery consists of 12 modules each comprising 72 lithium-ion cells. This optimised arrangement of a total of 864 cells has benefits not only in terms of best use of the installation space, but also in terms of performance. One technical feature is the intelligent parallel circuit of the individual battery modules – this helps to maximise the safety, reliability and service life of the battery. As in Formula 1, the battery is charged by means of targeted recuperation during deceleration whilst the car is being driven.

High-performance control as well as effective cooling of all components

Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

A high-performance electronic control system converts the direct current from the high-voltage battery into the three-phase alternating current which is required for the synchronous motors and regulates the energy flow for all operating conditions. Two low-temperature cooling circuits ensure that the four electric motors and the power electronics are maintained at an even operating temperature. A separate low-temperature circuit is responsible for cooling the high-voltage lithium-ion battery. In low external temperatures, the battery is quickly brought up to optimum operating temperature with the aid of an electric heating element. In extremely high external temperatures, the cooling circuit for the battery can be additionally boosted with the aid of the air conditioning. This also helps to preserve the overall service life of the battery system.

Quick charge function via special wall box

Ideally the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is charged with the aid of a so-called wall box. Installed in a home garage, this technology provides a 22 kW quick-charge function, which is the same as the charging performance available at a public charging station. A high-voltage power cable is used to connect the vehicle to the wall box, and enables charging to take place in around three hours. Without the wall box, charging takes around 20 hours. The wall box is provided as an optional extra from Mercedes-AMG in cooperation with SPX and KEBA, two suppliers of innovative electric charging infrastructures for the automotive industry.

Eight-stage design for maximum safety

Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

To ensure maximum safety, the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive makes use of an eight-stage safety design. This comprises the following features:

1. all high-voltage cables are colour-coded in orange to prevent confusion

2. comprehensive contact protection for the entire high-voltage system

3. the lithium-ion battery is liquid-cooled and accommodated in a high-strength aluminium housing within the carbon-fibre zero-intrusion cell

4. conductive separation of the high-voltage and low-voltage networks within the vehicle and integration of an interlock switch

5. active and passive discharging of the high-voltage system when the ignition is switched to "off"

6. in the event of an accident, the high-voltage system is switched off within fractions of a second

7. continuous monitoring of the high-voltage system for short circuits with potential compensation and insulation monitors

8. redundant monitoring function for the all-wheel drive system with torque control for individual wheels, via several control units using a variety of software

By using this design, Mercedes-AMG ensures maximum safety during production of the vehicle and also during maintenance and repair work. Of course the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive also meets all of the statutory and internal Mercedes crash test requirements.

All-wheel drive with AMG Torque Dynamics enables new levels of freedom

Four motors, four wheels - the intelligent and permanent all-wheel drive of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive guarantees driving dynamics at the highest level, while at the same time providing the best possible active safety. Optimum traction of the four driven wheels is therefore ensured, whatever the weather conditions. According to the developers, the term "Torque Dynamics" refers to individual control of the electric motors, something which enables completely new levels of freedom to be achieved. The AMG Torque Dynamics feature is permanently active and allows for selective distribution of forces for each individual wheel. The intelligent distribution of drive torque greatly benefits driving dynamics, handling, driving safety and ride comfort. Each individual wheel can be both electrically driven and electrically braked, depending on the driving conditions, thus helping to optimise the vehicle’s cornering properties, reduce the tendency to oversteer/understeer, increase the yaw damping of the basic vehicle, reduce the steering effort and steering angle required, increase traction, and minimise ESP and ASR intervention.

The AMG Torque Dynamics feature boasts a great deal of variability and individuality by offering three different transmission modes:

  • Comfort (C): comfortable, forgiving driving characteristics
  • Sport (S): sporty, balanced driving characteristics
  • Sport plus (S+): sporty, agile driving characteristics

AMG Torque Dynamics enables optimum use of the adhesion potential between the tyres and the road surface in all driving conditions. The technology allows maximum levels of freedom and as such optimum use of the critical limits of the vehicle’s driving dynamics. Outstanding handling safety is always assured thanks to the two-stage Electronic Stability Program ESP®.

"AMG Lightweight Performance" design strategy

Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

The trailblazing body shell structure of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is part of the ambitious "AMG Lightweight Performance" design strategy. The battery is located within a carbon-fibre monocoque which forms an integral part of the gullwing model and acts as its "spine". The monocoque housing is firmly bolted and bonded to the aluminium spaceframe body. The fibre composite materials have their roots in the world of Formula 1, among other areas. The advantages of CFRP (carbon-fibre reinforced plastic) were exploited by the Mercedes-AMG engineers in the design of the monocoque. These include their high strength, which makes it possible to create extremely rigid structures in terms of torsion and bending, excellent crash performance and low weight. Carbon-fibre components are up to 50 per cent lighter than comparable steel ones, yet retain the same level of stability. Compared with aluminium, the weight saving is still around 30 per cent, while the material is considerably thinner. The weight advantages achieved through the carbon-fibre battery monocoque are reflected in the agility of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive and, in conjunction with the wheel-selective four-wheel drive system, ensure true driving enjoyment. The carbon-fibre battery monocoque is, in addition, conceived as a "zero intrusion cell" in order to meet the very highest expectations in terms of crash safety. It protects the battery modules inside the vehicle from deformation or damage in the event of a crash.

The basis for CFRP construction is provided by fine carbon fibres, ten times thinner than a human hair. A length of this innovative fibre reaching from here to the moon would weigh a mere 25 grams. Between 1000 and 24,000 of these fibres are used to form individual strands. Machines then weave and sew them into fibre mats several layers thick, which can be moulded into three-dimensional shapes. When injected with liquid synthetic resin, this hardens to give the desired structure its final shape and stability.

Optimum weight distribution and low centre of gravity

Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

The purely electric drive system was factored into the equation as early as the concept phase when the super sports car was being developed. It is ideally packaged for the integration of the high-performance, zero-emission technology: by way of example, the four electric motors and the two transmissions can be positioned as close to the four wheels as possible and very low down in the vehicle. The same applies to the modular high-voltage battery. Advantages of this solution include the vehicle’s low centre of gravity and balanced weight distribution – ideal conditions for optimum handling, which the electrically-powered gullwing model shares with its petrol-driven sister model.

New front axle design with pushrod damper struts

Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

The additional front-wheel drive called for a newly designed front axle: unlike the series production vehicle with AMG V8 engine, which has a double wishbone axle, the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive features an independent multi-link suspension with pushrod damper struts. This is because the vertically-arranged damper struts had to make way for the additional drive shafts. As is usual in a wide variety of racing vehicles, horizontal damper struts are now used, which are operated via separate push rods and transfer levers. Thanks to this sophisticated front-axle design, which has already been tried and tested in the world of motorsport, the agility and driving dynamics of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive attain the same high levels as the V8 variant. Another distinguishing feature is the speed-sensitive power steering with rack-and-pinion steering gear: the power assistance is implemented electrohydraulically rather than just hydraulically.

AMG ceramic composite brakes for perfect deceleration

The SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is slowed with the aid of AMG high-performance ceramic composite brakes, which boast direct brake response, a precise actuation point and outstanding fade resistance, even in extreme operating conditions. The over-sized discs – measuring 402 x 39 mm at the front and 360 x 32 mm at the rear – are made of carbon fibre-strengthened ceramic, feature an integral design all round and are connected to an aluminium bowl in a radially floating arrangement.

The ceramic brake discs are 40 per cent lighter in weight than the conventional, grey cast iron brake discs. The reduction in unsprung masses not only improves handling dynamics and agility, but also ride comfort and tyre grip. The lower rotating masses at the front axle also ensure a more direct steering response – which is particularly noticeable when taking motorway bends at high speed.

Exclusive, high-quality design and appointments

Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

Visually, the multi-award-winning design of the SLS AMG is combined with a number of specific features which are exclusive to the Electric Drive variant. The front apron has a striking carbon-look CFRP front splitter which generates downforce on the front axle. The radiator grille and adjacent air intakes adorn special areas painted in the vehicle colour and with bionic honeycomb-shaped openings. They are not only a visual highlight but, thanks to their aerodynamically optimised design, also improve air flow over the cooling modules mounted behind them. Darkened headlamps also impart a sense of independence to the front section. Viewed from the side, the "Electric Drive" lettering stands out on the vehicle side, as do the AMG 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels with their specific paint design. The SLS AMG Electric Drive comes as standard with 265/35 R 19 tyres on the front and 295/30 R 20 tyres on the rear. The overall look is rounded off to dynamic effect by the new diffuser-look rear apron, and the darkened rear lamps. One feature reserved exclusively for the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is the "AMG electricbeam magno" matt paint finish. A choice of five other colours is available at no extra cost.

When the exterior colour AMG electricbeam magno is chosen, the high-quality, sporty interior makes use of this body colour for the contrasting stitching – the stitching co-ordinates perfectly with designo black Exclusive leather appointments. AMG sports seats and numerous carbon-fibre trim elements in the interior underscore the exclusive and dynamic character of what is currently the fastest electric car. Behind the new AMG Performance steering wheel there is a newly designed AMG instrument cluster: instead of a rev counter, there is a power display providing information on the power requirements, recuperation status, transmission modes and battery charge.

AMG Performance Media as standard

Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

The AMG DRIVE UNIT comprises the electronic rotary switch for selecting the three transmission modes of "C" (Controlled Efficiency), "S" (Sport) and "S+" (Sport plus), which the driver can use to specify different performance levels from the electric motors, which in turn also changes the top speed and accelerator pedal response. Behind the buttons for "power" and "ESP On/Off", there are also buttons for AMG Torque Dynamics and AMG Setup.

In addition to carbon-fibre exterior mirrors, AMG carbon-fibre engine compartment cover, COMAND APS, Media Interface, Blind Spot Assist and reversing camera, the standard equipment also includes the AMG Performance Media system. Besides full high-speed mobile internet access, the system provides information on engine performance, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, tyre pressure, vehicle setup and lap times, as well displaying a variety of additional information such as:

  • vehicle energy flow
  • battery charge status
  • current range
  • AMG Torque Dynamics
  • temperatures of the battery and motors
  • energy consumption kWh/100 km

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive will be celebrating its market launch in June 2013. The price in Germany (incl. 19% VAT) will be:

SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive: 416,500 euros

Mercedes-Benz UK is looking into the potential of offering the car in the UK.

Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive



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