EV supercars are almost tiring at this point. Sure, no one has brought a serious all-electric supercar into series production, but we’ve been positively inundated with announcements. From Tesla to Lotus to Rimac and back again, everyone is talking about the next generation of cutting-edge EV performance. But long before the hype train rolled in, Mercedes tried its own EV supercar: The Mercedes-Benz SLS SMG Electric Drive.
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Famously offered in Green Electric paint, the SLS Electric Drive wasn’t shy about its all-electric propulsion. Its extra-bright paint added more drama to the already-extroverted bodywork of the SLS, complete with a mile-long nose and Gullwing doors. Other cosmetic highlights include the unique mesh-pattern grille and color-matched wheel accents. Nothing about it is subtle.
And it shouldn’t be. At the time of its introduction, the SLS Electric Drive was the fastest, most powerful EV on sale. It made 740 hp, securing it top-EV honors and the title of Mercedes’ most powerful car at the time of its introduction. The SLS delivered its peak 738 lb-ft of torque to the wheels from a standstill, enabling it to hit 60 in 3.9 seconds. Modern EVs have certainly surpassed it in terms of immediate acceleration, but its huge power output meant it was quick to accelerate from any speed. Just be careful with that lead foot: Range was limited to around 155 miles. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.