Mercedes-Benz SLS’ Nature-Friendly Twin
At this year’s Paris Motor Show Mercedes-Benz presented their new, electric-powered car which so happens to be the most powerful of its kind so far – the Mercedes-Benz SLS Electric Drive.
The SLS Electric Drive is a nature-friendly, emission free vehicle that features four synchronous motors, one for each wheel, as opposed to the gasoline model which is powered by a 6,2 liter V8 engine. Apart from what is underneath the hood, the 2 models are quite similar, the exterior desing remaining virtually the same.
Mercedes-Benz’ new electric automobile comes with two gearboxes, an innovation that provides direct drive to both axles of the car. Having AWD, an output of 740 hp and 738lb-ft of torque, the vehicle can reach up to 62 mph in less than 4 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
Mercedes engineers settled for nothing less than carbon fiber and advanced aluminium as main materials for the car itself and also made the engines very light. However, its big battery pack (weighing 1,208 pounds) makes up for the weight saved by using lightweight materials. Even so, this doesn’t cut down on the coolness of the car that rolls gracefully on 19-inch/20-inch alloy wheels. The starting price of the SLS Electric Drive will be €416,500 when it will become available on the market next year.