When Mercedes-Benz decided to invest into Tesla Motors and said that the two companies would be tapping into each other's resources, we knew that meant tried-and-true parts for Tesla's vehicles and some electric pioneering to Mercedes-Benz's next generation vehicles. And it's all coming true.
Last week Mercedes-Benz announced the SLS AMG with electric drive, which the company calls "the exciting future of the super sports car."
Interestingly, this electric supercar isn't on that Tesla is involved (but don't be surprised to see that change in future vehicles). The SLS AMG is a product of Deutsche Accumotive GmbH & Co. KG, a joint venture between Daimler AG and Evonik Industries AG, which will provide the battery technology.
Now for the specs that car nuts are waiting for: 526 hp and 649 lb-ft, which Mercedes-Benz says will push the car from 0-62 mph in under four seconds. With four electric motors, the electric SLS AMG is AWD. Compare that to the similar performing 563 hp and 479 lb-ft or the 6.3-liter V8 and you have a touch choice on your hands.
"With the SLS AMG with electric drive, we wanted to redefine the super sports car. For us, it is not just about responsibility. We attach just as much importance to excitement and classic AMG performance," says Volker Mornhinweg, Chief Executive Officer of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.