Mercedes SLS Electric Drive review (2013 onwards) MSN Cars UK

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Mercedes SLS Electric Drive (2013 onwards)

Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive: summary

A of Mercedes’ gullwing-door SLS supercar

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Mercedes SLS Electric Drive: impressions

While Audi has its plans for a fully electric and Porsche, Ferrari and McLaren all gone down the hybrid Mercedes’ AMG division has stuck to its and delivered a zero-emissions version of its SLS

Keep the pedal pinned and the is enough to make you feel nauseous

But if you’re expecting a lettuce of a sports car, suited to delivering milk delivering traditional supercar think again. Developed in with Mercedes’ UK-based One experts in Brixworth, the SLS Electric four electric motors for each wheel) deliver and 738lb ft of torque making the most powerful AMG ever. And one of the expensive: at around £350,000 the Drive is more than as pricey as a regular SLS coupe.


Merc’s electric SLS:

Weight is a sports car’s enemy, and while Merc’s SLS Black Series has shed to improve its performance, saddling the SLS Drive with 12 lithium-ion modules has increased its kerb by over 548kg, or the weight of grown men.

That the 3.9sec 0-62mph time, is brisk, but a tenth behind of a cooking petrol SLS V8, despite one having four-wheel drive. But that inertia off the line, the Drive must surely be faster than its brothers. the pedal pinned and the thrust is to make you feel almost

And unlike most electric which feel quick the first few yards then run out of this SLS just pulls and AMG has fitted a 155mph limiter to help preserve battery

We had the chance to listen to some synthesised sound effects on an that AMG will fit to the production to denote start-up, cruising and acceleration but heard nothing came close to replicating the of nailing a high-horsepower internal engine.


Merc SLS Drive: ride and handling

the extra mass of batteries and is located low down and in the middle of the car in a new centre tunnel, making SLS feel incredibly stable in and housing the front motors no room for the existing suspension, so AMG to racing-style pushrods.

That all promising, but in Comfort mode, the Drive feels about as as an armour-plated S-class. The steering and feel leaden and the torque-vectoring which can shuffle power all four wheels, is configured to the car feel safe and understeery.

Switch through Sport to Sport Plus and it’s to believe you’re in the same Tip the nose into a corner and is pushed to the outer wheels to actually turn the car, just a tank. It’s as if someone has the engine from the front of the car and it behind the seats instead.

The new SLS Electric Drive weighs a stodgy 2.2 but you’d swear it weighed that.

The odd millionaire will be enough to sign on the dotted for an electric SLS

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Better still, you can how much engine-braking effect you the regenerative braking system to by tapping the old gearshift paddles only one drive ratio so effectively redundant otherwise), and if you opt for braking force, you can speed up and the car using only the accelerator, and touching the brakes at all. though, you can’t have the available if the battery is full there’s nowhere for the charge to go.

Our brief test of the SLS Electric took place on a smooth track, so we can’t really judgment on its ride comfort yet.

The battery-powered SLS:

Like other SLS models, the Drive feels surprisingly given the external dimensions, and it’s not as tricky to get into as like a Lotus Elise, over the wide sill you’ve swung open gullwing door requires dexterity.

Inside, this SLS is as detailed as its stablemates, with a few detail changes giving a to its very different power Instead of a rev counter, there’s a gauge, and a strip of green between it and the speedo show how much engine braking is currently selected.


AMG’s electric economy and safety

The SLS Electric has a multi-stage safety strategy including the ability to shut an entire axle instantly if one fails, to prevent you existing left into the scenery. The system is automatically switched off in the of an accident and all high-voltage cables are to prevent confusion.

But the 155-mile (when driven sensibly) and a time that varies a swift three hours and an 20, depending on whether or not you access to a fast charger, you’ll have to plan journeys carefully in the battery-powered SLS

The MSN Cars verdict

The SLS Electric is a fascinating machine, and no doubt the odd will be taken enough to on the dotted line. But unless dead-set on having a zero-emission its left-hand-drive-only layout, huge and lengthy charging times we could think of half a better alternatives.

To leave it at that would be to the bigger picture, though. The reason the Electric Drive is to help Mercedes develop that we’ll soon see on cars.

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