This AMG creation was the herald of a future that’s now very near.
As the automotive industry arrives at a turning point, electric vehicles are becoming more common, and in the performance car world, that has thus far made for exciting developments and innovations. Today, we see electric cars breaking records as some of the fastest, most powerful cars of all time, and as more and more manufacturers begin to show what their electric vehicles can do, a new era of performance, luxury, engineering, and design is quickly blossoming.
However, it wasn’t very long ago that electric performance cars like the many we see in today’s automotive world were once zany experiments that were thought to only become commonplace in the distant future, and in a new post on Instagram, Mercedes-Benz is looking back on its own: the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive, which was introduced 11 years ago at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
Based on the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, the first AMG-exclusive Mercedes-Benz, it featured the legendary grand tourer’s iconic design, which boasted the gullwing-style doors that made the 300 SL a historic masterpiece, as well as the proportions to make one of the most beautiful coupes ever penned.
However, in this iteration, it was given a new finish in AMG Electric Beam Magno Blue, and revised with an electric drivetrain, one that generated 740 horsepower and 738 lb/ft of torque, numbers which were impressive enough to change many preconceived notions about electric vehicles, as well as constitute a record-breaking run on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
That groundbreaking machine was, however, just the beginning for the electrification revolution in the automotive industry, as we now have production electric models from AMG, which deliver the brand’s signature blend of high performance and sumptuous luxury in the way that any AMG model is known for. While it might seem like a long time has passed since the introduction of the SLS AMG Electric Drive compared to the electric vehicles of today, we are still very much at the beginning of this exciting new chapter in automotive history.