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

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
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.

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