2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: First Photo, Going Electric Too?

July 10, 2009

Who says the new age of electric vehicles won't be any fun? According to AutoWeek, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG gullwing supercar will get in on the green action with a plug-in version due in 2015.

The new electric SLS eDrive, AutoWeek says, will carry the same body and high-flying doors as the 571-horsepower gasoline-powered version due at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show this September.

It will retain rear-wheel drive, but with some suspension revisions and motors in the front wheels, the SLS EV would effectively operate with four-wheel drive.  Power would reach an equivalent of 526 hp, with 649 pound-feet of torque. A 0-60 mph time of 4.0 seconds and a top speed of 120 mph would compare to the gas version's 3.8 seconds and 196 mph.

Batteries for the new version would come from Evonik, the company partnering with Daimler for batteries across its lineup, not Tesla--in which Daimler recently invested an undisclosed amount for a 10-percent stake.

We'll have more from the 2009 Frankfurt auto show--until then, see dozens of high-resolutions photos of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and visit our colleagues at MotorAuthority for more, too.

UPDATE: Jalopnik says this cover image of an upcoming German-language car magazine shows the first photo of the 2011 SLS AMG.

[Jalopnik, AutoWeek]

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