Meet the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive, the most powerful AMG vehicle ever. Aside from its dazzling blue chrome exterior, it’s propelled by “four electric motors with a total output of 740 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque and has a battery that can be completed in about three hours thanks to a 22 kW quick-charge option – without the quick-charge option, a full charge will take 20 hours.” Continue reading to see it in-action, more pictures, and additional information.
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.
As previously reported an electric motor drives each wheel but is not hub-mounted. Instead, AMG has placed the motors near the wheels, which saves a significant amount of unsprung mass. The motors are regulated by a wheel-selective all wheel-drive system dubbed AMG Torque Dynamics, which monitors and maximizes traction and performance. AMG Torque Dynamics is offered with three modes: Comfort (C), Sport (S), and Sport plus (S+).