Shock therapy: Merc’s electric SLS
TopGear does the morning rounds in the world’s fastest milk-float: the all-electric Mercedes SLS E-cell
Posted: 05 May 2011
But the big prize - if only symbolically - is the all-electric supercar. Audi's R8 make-over, the E-tron, was a bold play but still felt more conceptual than feasible. AMG's SLS E-cell aims to be the real deal: 528bhp and 649lb ft of torque of real deal, produced by four synchronous electric motors, and capable of reaching 125mph from a standstill in 11 seconds. AMG? There's irony for you.
Merc's performance wing is arguably the king of internal combustion, yet it has served up the most complete zero-emission electric powertrain so far. A year ago, I drove a prototype of the SLS at the Nürburgring, four months before its launch. Even then it was clear that AMG's then-boss Volker Mornhinweg was just as charged by the e-drive version. "We wanted to make the big jump," he told me. "As an industry, we need to be more proactive."