We are all excited to see the release of the new SLS Gullwing coupe. We want to be able to see the final components pieced together and to see how well it drives. This week we found out that there is yet another surprise that we can look forward to.
Mercedes-Benz has made plans to build an electrically powered version of the new SLS gullwing coupe. This new car will be driving all four wheels with an individual motor on each corner. Each motor will be mounted inboard of the suspension components. The energy is stored within a 48 kWh liquid cooler lithium ion battery pack that extends down the central tunnel.
The output of the electric drive system is 526 hp and 649 lb.-ft. and according to the automaker it will have enough power to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in four seconds flat. Why did they choose to make such an exotic car? According to Chief Executive Officer of Mercedes-AMG they wanted to â€œredefine the sports carâ€ and to make it more exciting than before.
The SLS AMG E-cell is made using a liquid cooled high voltage battery that is state of the art. It uses 324 lithium-ion polymer cells that are in a modular configuration – which makes it easy to replace if necessary. The battery is 400 volts and is charged every time you brake and drive the vehicle.
Other parts used to piece the whole thing together include, racetrack style ceramic composite brakes and carbon fiber discs. These are a great deal light than the standard cast iron brake discs used in most vehicles. The carbon fiber used without will make the weight of the car go down and help to make it faster and more responsive to the driverâ€™s needs.
So far it looks like they might just succeed! At this time we do not have information on when the electric version will be released. Though some speculate that we might not see the final product until 2015. We also have no idea yet on how many there will be and what the price range is. We do know that the regular SLS Gullwing will cost around $200,000 -which means that the electric version could be more.
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