Mercedes SLS AMG E-Cell [Video]

Mercedes Benz made an official announcement during the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show to bring a fully-electric version of its SLS AMG supercar. Almost a year after, the company has finally developed a prototype of the proposed model that looks stunning and sounds great in performance according to the recent leak of details on the web.

The Mercedes SLS AMG E-Cell, showing a bright yellow exterior paint job in these official images, is ready for its debut. We bet Daimler will unveil the full picture on the Mercedes SLS AMG E-Cell in a few days time. Much like the Audi eTron, the Mercedes SLS AMG E-Cell is also powered by four electric motors, one for each wheel. The total output of the Mercedes SLS AMG E-Cell is rated by the company at 526 hp and 649 lb-ft of torque. What's even more amazing about the new model is that it revs as a bike - up to 12,000 rpm. Too bad electric motors don't make enough noise.

The electric version of its Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS develops 533 HP and 590 lb-ft of torque. The model can accelerate from 0-60 mph in four seconds and is equipped with lithium-ion batteries. The technical details above are valid for the prototype model, the production version is not completed yet. Moreover, the autonomy and the necessary time to load a SLS AMG E-Cell are unraveled elements.

The interior of the car has also been modified, as it has been adapted to the needs of an electric vehicle. The instrument cluster now features charge status & estimated range displays, while the center console features a ten-inch touch screen display that offers information about the electric power.

External changes include the addition of an extendable front apron and splitter, a wider grille, revised air intakes in the hood, LED headlamps, plus a luminescent yellow paint scheme with matte-black accents.

Other changes – apart from the fitting of the electric motors and the bank of lithium polymer batteries housed in the centre tunnel and a box behind the cockpit – include an extendable front splitter which works with a reshaped rear diffuser to up the available rear downforce beyond the standard SLS, thanks in no small part to the lack of an exhaust system. Inside, the SLS E-Cell gets a 10″ touch screen in the centre console which displays the flow of power from the four electric motors as well as the usual infotainment stuff.

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