German-based premium auto maker Mercedes-Benz, has officially confirmed that it will produce an electric powered variant of the Mercedes SLS AMG Gullwing. Called the Mercedes SLS AMG Gullwing with electric drive, the emissions free vehicle features four electric motors placed at all four corners, mated to transmissions placed on each axle, meaning that there are two transmissions on the car.
Combined, all motors can crank out 526HP (392kW) and a tarmac cracking 880Nm of torque. With this, the Mercedes SLS AMG Gullwing with electric drive can sprint from naught to 100 km/h in just 4 seconds, which, according to Mercedes, rivals the figure offered by the petrol sibling that is powered by a 571HP 6.3 liter V8.
The electric sports car has a 400-volt battery pack (with an energy content of 48 kWh and a capacity of 40 Ah), that can be recharged via plug-in, as well as via regenerative braking. The batteries are placed at a number of locations on the car, including in front of the firewall, in the centre tunnel and behind the seats, to enable the car to achieve an optimum weight distribution. Mercedes did not reveal any information regarding launch dates. It may showcase the car alongside the petrol-powered Mercedes SLS AMG Gullwing at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Continue reading to view a high-res version of the image above.