Unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show is the most powerful AMG production car to date. It will not depend on a gas gulping V-12 nor boost from large turbos. As the name suggests, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive is propelled by four electric motors with a total output of 740 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful (and eco-friendly) beast to come from the folks at Affalterbach.
Just for reference, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT is rated at 583 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. The upcoming 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL65 is tuned to produce 621 hp and 738 lb-ft from its 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12 and the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SL65 Black Series we tested a few years ago was rated at 661 hp and 738 lb-ft.
With those horses behind the steering wheel, I am curious how long it will even last.
155 miles, which also happens to be its electronically limited top speed.
A full charge from a standard European household outlet takes 20 hours, but Mercedes will offer a 22 kW quick charger that cuts charge time down to three hours. The SLS AMG Electric Drive has a 155-mile range, although it probably won’t get that far if driven enthusiastically.