1. 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell
4 Electric Motors; 740 hp, 738 lb-ft
Talk about breaking the mold. AMG may have built its reputation on beefy engines with never-ending power reserves, but the SLS AMG E-Cell is the first to do without an engine altogether – and it also happens As its name suggests, this SLS variant is a battery-electric vehicle, complete with a quartet of electric motors – one assigned to each wheel.
Although early estimates placed the system’s net output at roughly 560-600 hp, AMG now says the driveline should produce roughly 552 kW of power, which is roughly 740 hp. Not impressed yet? Take a look at the torque figures, then – AMG says there’s 737 lb-ft on tap. Both figures make the E-Cell AMG’s most powerful road car to date, but there’s even more icing on this cake. Since electric motors deliver peak torque at stall, most of that grunt is good, old-fashioned low-end torque, available right at launch. It apparently pays off: Benz alleges the E-Cell can rocket from 0-62 mph in an incredible 3.7 seconds.