Shortly after introducing the SLS AMG last year, Mercedes-Benz announced that it was also developing a battery electric version of the gullwing supercar. The first prototype is now ready to be shown to the world, resplendent in bright yellow paint, AMG Lumilectric Mango to be exact. The SLS’ awesome 6.2-liter V-8 is replaced with an all-electric powertrain for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell Prototype.
The all-electric Mercedes-Benz Prototype has slightly less horsepower than its gas-powered sibling. But it still has a very impressive 526 horsepower and 649-pound-feet of torque — the latter available from the moment you mash the pedal to the floor. When you do stomp the E-Cell’s accelerator, it will blast 60 mph in four seconds, according to the Benz AMG folks. Electric energy is pumped into the car via a 400-volt, liquid-cooled high-voltage lithium-ion battery pack that can be recharged under braking. The battery modules are located in front of the firewall, in the centre tunnel and behind the seats. Mercedes Benz reports there is no change in the Gullwing model’s aluminum spaceframe body. The exterior and interior however are not spared from a few design and style changes.
There are a few notable changes to the SLS AMG E-Cell’s exterior and interior. Aside from the prototype’s bright ‘AMG lumilectric magno’ paint job, the all-electric Gullwing gets a unique front apron with an extendable front splitter, color coded grille trim, revised air vents, dark finish for the mirrors and wheels and a new rear diffuser that does away with the standard model’s tail pipes.
Inside, there’s a revised instrument cluster with displays for speed, charge status, and estimated range, and a new touch-screen infotainment system that not only operates audio, climate, and navigation functions but also displays the flow of power from the four electric motors. The new black-and-white mix of leather and Alcantara on the seats, steering wheel, door linings, and center console round off the changes over the conventionally-powered SLS AMG.
Although this model is only a concept at the moment, the Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Gullwing E-Cell is scheduled to be on the market in 2013.