Mercedes is Building a 'Dangerously Fast' Tesla Model S Fighter

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Mercedes-Benz is getting serious about high-performance electric vehicles.

It was reported earlier that the German automaker will debut an all-electric SUV concept at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in October, and now Australia’s Motoring reports Mercedes will also roll out a concept for its four-door Tesla Model S fighter. The company has already confirmed its plans for a Tesla fighter and it is believed a concept close to production form will bow as a four-seater sedan with all-wheel drive.

According to Jurgen Schenk, Mercedes-Benz E-Drive system integration director, the all-electric powertrain is expected to deliver high levels of performance. “We will deliver something, which if you would scale it in the Mercedes rank of all the other vehicles, it will be in the top three,” he said. “If you look into the first 100m it will be very, very fast. If you look at who can go for the first two miles it will be different to out compete with an AMG.” When asked about the upcoming car’s performance, Schenk said that “It will be dangerous,” later clarifying “It could be dangerously fast, even the first version.”

SEE ALSO: Mercedes Set to Debut All-Electric SUV Concept in October

But one thing that the German automaker has no plans on doing is setting any sort of Nurburgring record for its Tesla Model S fighter. In fact, he went on to confirm that the car isn’t being developed to go very fast around corners, although it will be “a sporty vehicle in a size and in a situation where we expect to catch as much passengers as possible.”

More importantly, range for Mercedes-Benz’s Tesla Model S fighter will be around 310 miles.

[Source: Motoring]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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