Revving up the excitement at CES 2024, electric automaker Mullen pulled the wraps off its latest creation, the Five RS. This souped-up version of the original Five electric SUV, showcased in Los Angeles over two years ago, packs not only a punch in performance but also a serious style upgrade.
Bold Makeover: Flashier Looks, Aggressive Stance
Gone is the demure shape of the Five, replaced with a head-turning design that wouldn’t be out of place at SEMA. Lower and more aggressive, the Five RS sports eye-catching features like an assertive front spoiler, side skirts, fender flares, and a rear diffuser. Adding to the visual flair is an extra grille up front, complemented by a substantial wing on top. Rolling on 21-inch wheels by default, drivers can opt for even larger 22-inch wheels. Inside, the cabin retains the calm vibes of the Five but steps up its game with Alcantara, carbon fiber seat backs and trim, and a larger driver instrument screen.
Power Play: 1,000 Horsepower, Dual Motors, and Two-Speed Transmission
Under the hood, the Five RS doesn’t disappoint in the performance department. Boasting dual motors with a claimed 1,000 horsepower and 850 pound-feet of torque, it takes a unique approach with a two-speed transmission (presumably for each motor). This bucks the trend of most electric vehicles sticking to a single-speed setup. With these powerhouses, the 5,070-pound beast can reportedly accelerate from 0 to 50 in under 2 seconds and reach a top speed of 200 mph.
Juiced Up: Larger Battery, Impressive Charging, and Slightly Reduced Range
Powering the Five RS’s motors is a beefier 100-kWh capacity battery, utilizing an 800-volt architecture. Despite the increased capacity, Mullen claims it can still charge to 80% in a speedy 21 minutes, matching the regular Five’s 95-kWh battery pack. However, the range takes a slight hit, dropping to a targeted 300 miles compared to the original’s 325. The blame may lie on the heavier wheels, stickier tires, and increased drag from the modified bodywork.
Stopping on a Dime: Brembo Brakes for Impressive Halts
Ensuring the Five RS can handle its incredible speed, Mullen equips it with Brembo carbon ceramic brakes on all corners. The fronts boast 15.7-inch rotors with six-piston calipers, while the rears feature 14.6-inch rotors with four-piston calipers. Mullen claims stopping distances of 110 feet or less from 60 mph, providing confidence in the braking department.
Wallet Alert: No Exact Pricing Yet, but a $500 Deposit Reserves Excitement
While the exact pricing and delivery dates for the Five RS remain a mystery, enthusiasts can secure their spot in line with a $500 refundable deposit. One thing is for sure, with its power-packed performance and striking design, the Five RS won’t come cheap, likely surpassing the $55,000 starting price of the regular Five.