In the face of a challenging electric vehicle (EV) market, startup Mullen has revealed its commitment to breaking into the industry with the introduction of the Five RS, a high-performance variant of its crossover, showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
While high-performance figures for EVs are not uncommon, the Mullen Five RS is making bold claims, equipped with dual motors on both front and rear axles, delivering an impressive 1,000 horsepower and over 850 lb-ft of torque. Mullen asserts that the crossover can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under two seconds, with a top speed of 200 mph or potentially higher, aided by a two-speed gearbox and distinctive aerodynamic features.
The design incorporates notable elements, such as a prominent rear wing, a rear window spoiler, and an intriguing front duct. Mullen's innovative approach to the front inlets creates a distinctive and visually appealing grille-like design.
To ensure consistent acceleration, the Five RS features an “ultra-performance race-track” mode, adjusting settings in throttle mapping, powertrain, battery cooling, dampers, and steering feel.
Braking is handled by six-piston Brembo brakes at the front and four-piston calipers at the rear, gripping carbon ceramic discs. The model rides on high-performance 21-inch rear tires and 20-inch front tires, with the ability to come to a full stop from 100 km/h (62 mph) in 110 ft (33 m), according to Mullen.
Measuring 193 inches in length, 80 inches in width, and 64 inches in height, the Five RS boasts a wheelbase of 116 inches and a ground clearance of 6.7 inches. Its 100 kWh battery pack is anticipated to offer up to 300 miles per charge, supported by an 800V architecture allowing for rapid charging to 80 percent in about 20 minutes.
Incorporating advanced features, the Five RS includes an integrated infotainment system, AI-based personal assistance called Persona, facial recognition technology, and level 2+ driver assistance tech.
Production is expected to commence in late 2025, with sales slated for mid-2026. Subsequent versions, including an entry-level variant initially scheduled for late 2025, will follow in the lineup.