The Electric Mercedes SLS Is A Future Classic

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It's 1 of 9 ever made and you can own it if your bank account is big enough.

These days, every automaker is heading towards an all-electric future, but Mercedes-Benz was one of the first manufacturers to put its knowhow into a battery-powered supercar. Called the SLS Electric Drive, it was ahead of its time in many ways, but because of poor marketing, hardly anyone knew it existed when it was launched.

As a result, when the SLS was succeeded by the AMG GT, there wasn't a case made for building an electric version. Mercedes-AMG is now taking electric performance seriously, but could that mean that the car you see for sale here, one of the pioneers of electric AMG power, might one day be a classic of sorts?

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Partly because of that poor marketing push, just nine examples were ever built, so the rarity factor is certainly there. This one has only had two owners and covered just less than 2,400 miles since new. Much like modern electric cars with sporting intentions, the SLS Electric Drive has an electric motor on each corner, producing a whopping 740 horsepower and 737 lb-ft of torque - enough to do 0-62 in 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. Those acceleration and top speed figures aren't crazy these days, but for a car first unveiled almost a decade ago, they're still excellent.

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Today's incredible Mercedes EQS certainly has the SLS Electric Drive to thank for its brilliance. Sure, Mercedes would likely have had to release a car like the EQS by now anyway, but the bright yellow electric supercar still paved the way for battery and electric motor tech in Affalterbach. It's the same as the way that a Ford Model T is demonstrably a terrible car by today's standards, but is still adored by millions for what it represents.

As a result, it's quite likely that the SLS Electric Drive will appreciate in value, but with RM Sotheby's facilitating this private sale at an asking price of over $1.27 million, it's not exactly an easy investment to make.

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