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Report: Mercedes to Build Electric Version of Upcoming SLS Supercar

For many months now Mercedes has been teasing us with photos and details of its upcoming SLS supercar and now the German automaker has added a surprise twist. A while back it was made known that the SLS would come with a 6.2-liter V8 with 571 hp and 479 ft-lbs of torque. Now Volker Mornhinweg, the head of Mercedes' high-performance AMG division, says another powerplant will also be available – an electric one.

Called the SLS eDrive, this green version of the SLS will make use of lithium-ion battery packs, powering an electric motor that will make 392 kW (or 526hp) and 649 ft-lbs of torque. The SLS eDrive will offer serious performance with a 0-60 mph time of under four seconds and a top speed of 120 mph - all with zero emissions. Range is expected to be between 93 and 112 miles.

The lithium-ion battery packs will be situated low in the car, where the gasoline-powered model's torque-tube is located. The space where the gas tank would be will also be used.

While Mercedes recently began a partnership with U.S. electric sportscar maker Tesla, Mornhinweg says this project is independent of that and they are working with German battery-experts Evoni.

Outside the SLS eDrive will look identical to the gasoline powered model, but inside there will be some slight differences with special controls and gauges.

Suspension changes up front will have to be made, however, as the current front double-wishbone suspension doesn't leave room for the electric motors that will power the front wheels. Don't worry though, this isn't a front-drive car, but rather an all-wheel drive model, as electric motors will also be located in the rear.

The SLS eDrive is still a long way off from production, especially as the standard gasoline-powered SLS won't make it to market until late 2010 as a 2011 model. It is tentatively scheduled as a 2015 model.

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I've seen some leaked pictures of the car. I really don't like it, plus the interior looks a little boring and cheap. Wheres the stick shift? We don't need another silly paddle shifter.

ZR1 has a stick shift
GTR has paddle shifters

The ZR1 beat the GTR around the German ring without all the fancy stuff.

Last thing we need is another automatic car
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A car that only goes 100 miles between long recharging stops is a no buy in my book. If it had an onboard power generator to charge the batteries and get the range up to 500-600 miles per tank, that would work great. In its current state, the all electric car is for cities only. Not even for a Sunday drive in the country, unless you are followed by a tow truck.

The Germans need to get a grip on their horsepower/torque battle. The highest legal speedlimit is in Texas, at 80mph. The eastern half of the USA is at 65mph. We cannot go 155mph anywhere safely, there are too many turkey drivers out there, gawking or reading novels in the left lane with the cruise control set to 65 or less.


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This is a great driver's car, except for the comand center and lack of gauges.
The little gremlins come and go at will.
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