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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: Targeting Tesla?
By ajoyner777 on 12/16/2009 1:33:57 AM , Rating: 2
Well actually you are probably better off buying an H2 and having a high efficiency Duramax outfitted. You would have great gas mileage, low emissions and about 700-1000 HP and the motor and platform would be good for 100's of thousands of miles.

You will NOT get 700-1000 hp out of a diesel engine. Diesels are known for their torque. Even a Semi Truck only puts out around 400hp, but with a lb-ft rating of about 1000.

RE: Targeting Tesla?
By glennforum on 12/16/2009 11:54:54 AM , Rating: 2 are completely wrong.

It is done every day and with great success.

Maybe you should take a few minutes and learn something new than the kool-aid you have been fed for years.

RE: Targeting Tesla?
By Spuke on 12/16/2009 5:12:22 PM , Rating: 2
It is done every day and with great success.
Yep. I got a buddy with a 900hp Cummins TD Dodge. It sure as hell can be done.

RE: Targeting Tesla?
By ajoyner777 on 12/17/2009 1:45:08 AM , Rating: 2
Those vehicles are not putting out that kind of power all the time. They are more than likely using propane, which is like using nitro in a gasoline engine. It's not something you want to be using all the time.

RE: Targeting Tesla?
By glennforum on 12/17/2009 9:22:02 AM , Rating: 2
You just don't know what you are talking about and you are too arrogant to admit it. Yes you can inject with propane, etc but that isn't what we are discussing. These are high horsepower diesels running at high efficiency.

They typically have over 600-700 HP and well over 1000 ft lbs of torgue. These are every day driving cars that run great, have very little problems and don't require ancillary injection of propane to achieve this HP. If you required secondary injection then you wouldn't get the mileage they get - they get the mileage and HP because of the improved and increased efficiency.

Even the GM engineers when they reviewed what Jonathan was doing over at H-LINE couldn't believe it. It works, it is sound and anyone who wants to pay for it can have it.

RE: Targeting Tesla?
By ajoyner777 on 12/17/2009 10:41:05 AM , Rating: 1
I doubt they have high efficiency, unless you plan on running it at idle down a hill. You will see at the most 20 - 25 mpg if you keep your foot out of it; hardly ground breaking. The only way they can achieve that much HP is either by propane injection, or running at low compression ratios and boosting the shit out of it. Both of those techniques will have a negative impact on reliability. If you think they are magically getting this kind of horsepower by just tweaking the ECU, etc, you are sorely mistaken.

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