Some classic electromods are OK, but this one might be complete sacrilege.
Everrati, specialists in converting classics into electric vehicles, has revealed the latest model to join its lineup: a zero-emission Mercedes-Benz SL 'Pagoda.' The W113 series is one of the world's most desirable and beautiful classics, so this conversion may upset many purists. But before we get to that, let's look at this electrified icon.
Unveiled at the luxurious Fairmont Monte Carlo hotel in Monaco, the Everrati SL is a masterpiece. The vehicle is restored to concours standards by British Mercedes specialists Hilton & Moss before receiving a bespoke electric drivetrain developed and manufactured by Everrati.
The company claims the electrified Pagoda produces 375 horsepower and can silently sprint to 60 mph in less than six seconds. As for the driving range, expect to travel over 160 miles on a single charge. That makes it more potent than the 280 SL, which offered 168 hp when new. Regenerative braking and a 68 kWh battery pack are part of the package.
"This meticulously restored and redefined car is the ultimate two-seater electric luxury grand tourer, a unique proposition which pays homage to the history of the legendary SL 'Pagoda,' yet is fully futureproofed, enabling it to be enjoyed today - and in the hands of the next generation tomorrow. We are witnessing a revolution with surging demand for high-end sustainable vehicles which are zero-emission yet retain timeless design and iconic character," said Everrati CEO Justin Lunny.
Purists will argue against the electrification of classic cars and cite several reasons for this. Firstly, they believe the original engine is part of the vehicle's character, and, to an extent, we agree. For example, electrifying a classic American muscle car would be heresy, and we can't say we'd enjoy seeing an electrified Lamborghini Miura.
But when it comes to more common classics, like the Porsche 911, for example, electrifying a handful won't matter much, as there are still numerous original examples. Everrati has already converted several older 911s.
While we'd miss the grumble of the 280 engine, an electric motor is well-suited to the relaxed nature of the Pagoda, as it is to other classic luxury vehicles. The W113 SL was never a sports car, designed as a stylish grand tourer from the ground up. A smooth and silent electric motor fits the image of the Pagoda.
However, we do wish it offered more range than 160 miles. The 280SL has always been a classic that you can use daily and embark on long road trips. With a range of less than 200 miles, you remove some of the practicality. Still, eco-friendly customers who value the SL's aesthetics may appreciate this pairing and use it for short distances or quick blasts up a coastal road.
Everrati says the conversion is fully reversible, meaning the value of the Pagoda will be maintained well into the future. Pricing hasn't been released, but we wouldn't be surprised to find this electrified SL costs considerably more than a brand-new AMG SL 63.