A classic, remixed: Driving an electric Mercedes SL Pagoda

You will get roughly twice the power, at 300bhp, while torque climbs more modestly to 221lb ft, but it’s enough for 0-62mph in less than 7.0sec if you go for the bigger battery.

There’s KW suspension to handle the extra mass (unspecified, but “well within” the Pagoda’s 1.7-tonne gross figure) with weight distribution closely mimicking that of its donor. 

A limited-slip differential, regenerative braking and new hydraulic power steering help modernise the driving experience but without losing the SL’s charm. The tunability of those KWs means each customer can make their car as comfy or committed as they like, while a bunch of drive modes allow on-the-fly adjustments to the car’s character. 

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Standard air-con and swanky Bridge of Weir leather help further justify the £330,000 you’ll spend before taxes – but that’s after you’ve paid out for your donor car.

My drive is limited to the confines of a private estate, so sprints beyond 20mph are brief, but the car builds speed smoothly and briskly without being uncouth. This is a relatively skinny car in the EV world, and clearly Everrati’s engineers could tune an electric motor to hustle it forwards with more shocking haste. But the fact they haven’t, instead delivering broadly similar performance to a ’60s 280SL, shows how mindful their work is.

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