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2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing  (Source: AutoBlog)

The SLS AMG Gullwing is going all electric, but that doesn't mean it will sacrifice performance.  (Source: Mercedes-Benz via AutoBlog)
Gullwing electric is looking hot

For now, Tesla may have the electric sports car market cornered, but that may soon change.  First there's the upcoming Fisker Karma that will soon be crashing the party.  And perhaps more exciting is the electrified version of the SLS AMG Gullwing, which Mercedes-Benz has announced plans to launch in 2013.

German engineering at its finest, the 2010 SLS AMG Gullwing model was one of the most popular sports cars of the year, garnering the "Golden Steering Wheel 2009" award.  Its upward swinging doors harkened back to the classic 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing and it offers blistering performance with a top speed of 196 mph and 0-to-60 mph acceleration time of 3.8 seconds.

The electric version is shaping up to be every bit as hot, yielding little in the way of performance.  Featuring similar stylings to the conventional model, the electric version is just beginning testing now, in preparation for the 2013 launch according to AutoCar.

Mercedes-Benz is targeting a flat 4 second 0-to-60 mph split and a range of 110 miles.  To accomplish that, the car is equipped with four individual electric motors -- one on each wheel -- that offer a combined 525 horsepower and 649 pound-feet of torque.  Those motors are fed by three lithium-ion packs.

Tweaking the performance of the beast will be a good challenge for Mercedes-Benz engineers.  The three lithium-ion packs bump up the weight of the vehicle by 500 lbs. from the gasoline version bringing total weight to 4,100 pounds.

AMG head Volker Mornhinweg says that while the electric AMG will be a bit chunky, it will still be fun to ride.  He describes, "Effectively being four-wheel-drive does alter its character, but our torque vectoring systems give us opportunities to make it as good. It's important to get the emotional level of an EV right and we have some solutions."

The price of the supercar has not yet been announced.  Given that the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing retails for around $270,000 and electric cars typically cost more than gasoline cars, the price could be quite astronomical, though. 

One thing is for sure -- this one could end up on more than one DailyTech editors' Christmas list... though, sadly, we doubt anyone will buy it for us.




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Grill
By R6Raven on 12/15/2009 9:43:47 AM , Rating: 2
Why is it that car companies can design these incredible concept cars and change them entirely before they go into production, all while maintaining the ugliest possible grill they can dream up?




RE: Grill
By MrBlastman on 12/15/2009 10:15:58 AM , Rating: 2
I think the grill looks pretty good, actually.

4100 lbs though... That thing is a porker! It might be fast in a straight line but I shudder to think of how it might take a turn at speed--right off the side of the road.


RE: Grill
By Iaiken on 12/15/2009 10:41:08 AM , Rating: 2
It all depends on the suspension, the breaks and the size of the contact patches. If we're talking 10x4"/12x4.5" contact patch (front/back) with McLaren-tuned suspension and massive 16" 8-piston AMG brakes... I think won't be too far out of whack, but considering the regular AMG will come in at around $240,000 it's a stretch to say that this cars existence is even justified for the extra $50k.


RE: Grill
By inperfectdarkness on 12/15/2009 11:32:11 AM , Rating: 4
that's about what a challenger r/t weighs.

4100lbs isn't "a porker" for a car with awd & 500+ ponies on tap.

actually, show me a car with that combination that weighs < 3800. seriously. gt-r? nope.


RE: Grill
By Spuke on 12/15/2009 11:37:41 AM , Rating: 2
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actually, show me a car with that combination that weighs < 3800. seriously. gt-r? nope.


http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/car/09q1/2009_...


RE: Grill
By MrBlastman on 12/15/2009 12:00:23 PM , Rating: 3
You rang?

http://www.arielatom.com/specs/atom-500-v8

I present to you the Ariel Atom 500 V8. 500 HP in a 500 Kilogram car...

Well, it is in development (like the Mercedes), _but_, the 300 HP version weighs about 1400 lbs. I think it is very fair to say this 500 HP, STREET LEGAL car will come in at about < 2000 lbs.

So, porker? Yes, compared to this, the Mercedes is a huge porker.

Or, if that isn't enough--because it isn't _luxury_ (I was talking about racing in my original post), how about the Porsche 997 GT2. It has 523 HP, 505 lb-ft of torque and weighs... 3175 lbs. Oh, wait. That is less than your 3800 lb target.


RE: Grill
By MrBlastman on 12/15/2009 1:04:07 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, and I realize that those cars are RWD. However, the new 911 Turbo is 500 HP and weighs 3461 lbs.

Then there is the venerable Porsche 959 (man that car was HOT back in the 80's with its AWD), stock it goes 0-62 mph in 3.7 s (on Par with the Mercedes) and weighs 3190 lbs. The modified version made by Canepa Design boosts that power up to 576 hp and 505 lb-ft of torque... It goes 0-60 in the low 3's and over 200 mph.

I think we have your cars beat...


RE: Grill
By The0ne on 12/15/2009 2:45:23 PM , Rating: 2
The 959, Ruff and maybe the GT3 are my favorites still. Great cars imo. The 959 was very unique for its time being a Porsche, one the the reasons I love it.


RE: Grill
By sxr7171 on 12/15/2009 1:19:22 PM , Rating: 2
Those MB AMG cars are always heavy. Let's not kid ourselves, MB does not really make sports cars. I bet it comes with an automatic transmission also. They make luxury cars that happen to go fast.


RE: Grill
By Spuke on 12/15/2009 1:42:52 PM , Rating: 2
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I bet it comes with an automatic transmission also.
It has a 7 speed dual clutch tranny. It's their only car with one. Yes, I know that some of their other cars have "DCT's" now but those are still automatics with the torque converter replaced with a clutch. The SLS uses an actual DCT.


RE: Grill
By ajoyner777 on 12/16/2009 12:40:58 AM , Rating: 1
The 2010 ZR1 Corvette weighs in at 3333, has 638 hp, 604 lb-ft torque, costs way less than the mercedes and outperforms it in just about every category.

ZR1 Corvette > MB Gullwing

Gullwing == Why?


RE: Grill
By Spuke on 12/17/2009 12:03:17 PM , Rating: 2
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Gullwing == Why?
I'd rather drive a Kia than a vette. Impressive performance, no doubt, but pedestrian interior and exterior styling that doesn't not differentiate itself enough from the $40k vette.


RE: Grill
By ajoyner777 on 12/18/2009 3:08:18 AM , Rating: 2
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I'd rather drive a Kia than a vette. Impressive performance, no doubt, but pedestrian interior and exterior styling that doesn't not differentiate itself enough from the $40k vette.


Sure you would, and I'd rather drive a lawnmower than the Gullwing, or the Kia.


RE: Grill
By Noya on 12/19/2009 10:01:49 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The 2010 ZR1 Corvette weighs in at 3333, has 638 hp, 604 lb-ft torque, costs way less than the mercedes and outperforms it in just about every category.


Sure, just like it supposedly outperforms GT-R's, F430's and the 911 Turbo.

But what it comes down to is you need the skills of a club level racer to go seriously fast and it's still white knuckle driving (compared to the magic electronics that are available on competitor cars that make them nearly foolproof at the limit)...which people who spend $100k on a sports car really don't want (along with a rental grade Cobalt interior).


RE: Grill
By Fireshade on 12/15/2009 10:43:22 AM , Rating: 2
To add insult to injury: that huge grill is totally unnecessary for an all-electric vehicle.


RE: Grill
By Spuke on 12/15/2009 11:35:50 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
To add insult to injury: that huge grill is totally unnecessary for an all-electric vehicle.
Grills aren't needed on gas cars either. And why change the design of this car? Especially when the electric version will be even more of a niche than the gas car. My car has a grill but it's mostly there for aesthetics as the radiator is cooled from the bottom of the car.

Beautiful cars aren't accidents.


RE: Grill
By Murloc on 12/15/2009 12:55:47 PM , Rating: 3
do you seriously think that batteries keep cool?
just touch your notebook's one.

Those are very powerful, and there can be resistance and heat production.


RE: Grill
By TMV192 on 12/15/2009 8:50:44 PM , Rating: 2
batteries are on the back, I doubt Tesla uses a grill for much cooling of the batteries. from what I know, they use a closed system for keeping the batteries at the right temperature in all weather conditions


RE: Grill
By Aloonatic on 12/15/2009 10:49:46 AM , Rating: 2
I think a lot of cars have to be changed because of legislation surrounding pedestrian impact behaviour and other tests/rules that they need to pass to be declared road legal.

What I don't really get is why electric cars a being left looking like normally aspirated cars where vents and grills and such are still in place? Are they needed still for cooling to some degree and cabin air intakes, or is it because we are just used to cars looking like that and manufacturers don't want to confuse us?


RE: Grill
By Rinadien on 12/15/2009 11:26:05 AM , Rating: 3
The current design of the Gullwing is meant to be as similar to the original 1950's gullwing as possible, this is not meant to be a brand spanking new design, it's based on the original. So if you want to bash the grill on the Gullwing, you need to start with the 1950's one...


RE: Grill
By Rinadien on 12/15/2009 11:26:56 AM , Rating: 3
Forgot the link... For those who don't know about the 50's wing...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes-Benz_300SL


RE: Grill
By Spuke on 12/15/2009 11:48:11 AM , Rating: 3
Looks are subjective and, quite frankly, I'm surprised more people don't find this car ugly. It's polarizing and IMO it's going be a love or hate situation. I LOVE the car and would gladly take it with just the 6.3L engine.


RE: Grill
By Reclaimer77 on 12/15/2009 7:15:36 PM , Rating: 2
The Gulwing is nice and all...

until someone parks next to you.


RE: Grill
By Spuke on 12/16/2009 4:45:53 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
until someone parks next to you.
At the end of the day, it's still a car.


RE: Grill
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RE: Grill
By aqwan135 on 12/20/2009 8:23:09 PM , Rating: 1
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