Mercedes wants to believe in the future of the electric sports car. Because, unlike Audi has abandoned its market R8 e-tron, considering its inadequate given its production cost benefits, although Mercedes will have to find customers willing to pay 416,500 euros for its SLS AMG Electric Drive.
The opportunity was too good to so the Swabian manufacturer to use its Bavarian rival as stooges beating on the Nurburgring lap record for an electric car “drive” detained for nearly a year by Audi . In fact, the proof is there: the SLS AMG Electric Drive claimed 13 seconds less than the R8 e-tron to travel more than 20 kilometers from the Nurburgring Nordschleife with a time of 7 min 56 sec for Mercedes , against 8m min 09 sec at Audi.
I must say that if the SLS is significantly heavier, with more than two tons against 1780 pounds for the R8, it is much more powerful, however, with 751 hp announced by Mercedes, against 380 claimed by Audi. A weight / power much more advantageous that allows the SLS AMG down the 0 to 100 km / h in 3.9 s to 4.2 against the e-tron report. In addition, the Mercedes can count on optimum traction to extract curves with four-wheel drive. A novel architecture with an electric motor per wheel that allows the SLS to operate in a continuous vector torque distribution to optimize cornering agility, that also makes the R8, but only on the rear wheels.
But Not as Much as a Petrol Version
So convinced? Before you sign your check, however, it is worth remembering that these electric cars, also sports they are, are much slower on a tour that their thermal versions (7 min 40 for SLS AMG V8, 7 min 44 for R8 V10), yet cost half as much in the case of the Mercedes. In addition, they can not run at this pace that even two laps before slowing sharply, or charge long hours. On a 220 volt household outlet for eight amps, it may take more than 30 hours to fully recharge the battery of 60 kWh of the SLS AMG Electric Drive. Even on a terminal 22 kW specially designed for this purpose, it will take about three hours, when a few minutes is enough to fill your tank at the pump … This is why you can see, the Mercedes SLS AMG victorious the 2013 24 Hours of Nurburgring worked it in gasoline.