Leaked: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell Prototype

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

This is the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell Prototype a.k.a. the electric version of the SLS AMG Gullwing set to take on cars such as the Audi e-Tron. For those who though that the electric SLS will be less powerful than the gasoline version we have good news: they were right, but don't think it is a less powerful car as it develops and impressive 526 hp and 649-pound-feet of torque.

The petrol powered version of the SLS AMG delivers 571 hp and can spring from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds while the electric version can achieve the same speed in 4 seconds.

The new prototype is part of AMG's 2015 strategy, the goal to reduce the fuel consumption and emissions of the new models in the coming years while at the same time enhance the core brand value of performance.

The new electric drivetrain of the prototype allowed AMG to place weight efficiently while the lithium-ion polymer batteries modules lower the car's center of gravity. The new SLS AMG E-Cell carries two electric motors in the front, a redesigned suspension and ceramic composite brakes sized 18.5-inches front and 14.2-inches rear.

The rotors are now with 40 percent lighter than the standard set of binders and they are also used to charge the batteries during braking. According to Mercedes-Benz, the battery pack's max load potential is an industry best at 480 kW.

The car features a new and extended front apron that aids airflow under the body as well as an extendable front splitter which acts in parallel with the rear spoiler, extending downward three inches above 75 mph.

Due to this, the air travels faster under the car and increases rear downforce. Other changes include a new set of LED headlamps with daytime running lights, a wider radiator grille, new air outlets and matte black accents where the standard SLS AMG wears chrome or silver. As you can see from the photos, the car features a striking paintwork dubbed "AMG lumilectric magno".

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