It seems that German carmaker Mercedes-Benz offered a big surprise to all the ones present at the Paris Motor Show these days. The specialists have revealed the SLS Electric Drive model, which according to the carmaker, is the most powerful production electric vehicle worldwide. At a first look you will not see any differences between it and its sibling powered in a conventional way. What you cannot see are the synchronous electric motors which empower all the four wheels of the car.
The combination between the two provides a 740 horsepower and 999 Nm of torque output. Just to make an idea, this new Mercedes-Benz SLS Electric Drive car produces 177 horsepower and 351 Nm of torque more than the regular model which receives power from a 6.2-liter V8 unit. To transfer the output to the wheels, the engineers have offered two independent transmissions that actually give direct drive to each axle. On the other side, there is the AMG Torque Dynamics system capable of offering selective drive to individual wheels through three different modes which are comfort, sport and sport plus.
The output enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds and to reach an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. To power the electric motors, the engineers have provided a 60 kWh lithium-ion, liquid-cooled battery pack that actually weights 548 kg. If you want to find it, know that it has been installed behind the front seats, within the transmission tunnel.
To reduce the weight of the car which has been increased because of the electric motors, the engineers went for a more advanced aluminum and carbon fiber arrangement and gave up the aluminum structure. To handle the power, the specialists also provided carbon-ceramic brake disks measuring 402 mm at the front and 360 mm at the rear. To send the power to the road, the car features 19-inch alloy wheels covered in 265/35R19 tires on the front axle and 20-inch wheels covered in 295/30 tires. The German customers will have to pay a starting price of EUR416.500 for the new Mercedes-Benz SLS Electric Drive next year, when it will be available.
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