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Fastest electric car inspires new power boat concept

If you can’t wait for the launch of the car claimed to be the fastest electric, series production car yet, the SLS AMG Electric Drive, then you might be glad to know that the new model has also inspired an electric speed boat.

Teaming with Cigarette Racing, Mercedes is set to reveal the new Cigarette AMG Electric Drive concept boat at the Miami International Boat Show this week.

SLS AMG speed boat

Like the car that inspired it, the boat is claimed to be the most powerful and fastest electrically driven motor boat, with an output of 1,656 kilowatts and max torque of 3,000 Nm.

The technology, performance and design of the Cigarette powerboat is closely based on the electric super sports vehicle made in Affalterbach, Germany.

The new SLS AMG Electric Drive coupe car is set to arrive in Europe in left-hand drive only from June, priced at €416,500 (around £331,743), although Mercedes say they are considering producing right-hand drive models for the UK (more info here).

Costing near twice that of the combustion SLS AMG, as you might expect, the performance figures for the Electric Drive coupe are staggering. With four electric motors plus a 400 volt, 60kWh lithium ion battery pack, the model has a driving range of around 155 miles and a top speed of 155mph too. Total power output stands at 740hp (552kW) and maximum torque is 1000 Nm.  That means a 0-62 time of 3.9 seconds

Using a 22kW fast charger, the battery can be recharged in around three hours, or else it can take a lot longer-up to 20 hours using a domestic charge.

For the boat, the performance is likewise startling, at 11.6 metre long, it is capable of a top speed of 99mph with its electric motor delivering 138 kW and 250 Nm. Power is supplied by four  batteries which store 240 kWh of energy.

Sounds like the Cigarette AMG Electric Drive speed boat could be the perfect zero emission complement for your new super fast electric sports coupe (although, presumably, you need plenty of wad to buy both).

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Faye Sunderland

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