Mercedes unveils the SLS AMG Electric Drive

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Mercedes-Benz has revealed the production of its electric-powered Mercedes SLS AMG coupe. It offers 740 hp, all-wheel-drive and a body that looks like liquid metal. And its price tag of roughly $538,000 USD is quite the shocker as well.

Justin Hyde of Motoramic recently wrote a column about Mercedes’s latest offering. He says the automaker had to go to extensive lengths to make sure the electron-powered SLS AMG lost nothing on its gas-powered brethren, so that the car could be considered all new.

Hyde says the power comes from a levee of lithium-ion batteries developed with the help of Mercedes Formula 1 engineers. The batteries are packed into the tunnel where the drivelines and transmission used to reside. Using two electric motors on each axle, Mercedes was reportedly able to program the new EV so that each wheel can be spun and braked independently. Hyde says it’s a trick that should make for impressive handling.

The new Mercedes has 60 kWh of battery storage. That’s the same as the mid-range version of the Tesla Model S. Mercedes says the SLS AMG Electric Drive can travel about 155 miles on a charge. Hyde says there is no comparable all-wheel-drive electric supercar for sale yet in the world. But that is expected to change when the Audi R8 eTron hits the road sometime next year.

And there’s no doubt this bad boy will stand out when it’s on the road. Mercedes will offer the vehicle in a head-turning blue shade that it calls “AMG electricbeam magno.”

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