The Mullen Five RS is an extreme EV SUV targeting more than 1,000 horsepower
- The Mullen Five RS is a high-performance electric SUV designed and manufactured in the United States; It is expected to be launched sometime in 2025.
- The all-wheel-drive Five RS features a two-speed transmission, and targets more than 1,000 horsepower, 60 mph in less than two seconds, and a top speed of 200 mph.
- Mullen estimates the RS will have a range of up to 300 miles, and its 800-volt electrical architecture allows for fast charging from zero to 80 percent in about 20 minutes.
Mullen isn’t messing around with its upcoming high-performance electric vehicle, the Five RS SUV. In reality, Maximum Performance might be a better descriptor. That’s because the specs and estimates Mullen released today at CES are for a luxury car competitor to the RS rather than an electric crossover based on the relatively modest Five.
Five RS specifications
While Mullen has been mostly mum on the performance specifications of the non-RS Five, the company has revealed several exciting tidbits about the sporty variant. The dual-motor, all-wheel-drive powertrain is targeting upwards of 1,000 horsepower and more than 850 pound-feet of torque, which Mullen estimates will send the roughly 4.5-ton four-seat car to 60 mph in less than two seconds (1.2 Faster click (than the regular model). The RS also features a two-speed transmission like the Porsche Taycan, and the Mullen is claimed to top out at least 200 mph.
Not only is the Five RS more visually impressive than the standard model, it also packs powerful equipment fit for a racetrack. A set of 21-inch wheels on summer rubber (size 315/35R21) is standard; Set of 22″ by 9.5″ or 11″ wide is optional. Braking is handled by Brembo six-piston front calipers that squeeze 15.7-inch carbon-ceramic rotors. At the back is a set of four-piston calipers and 14.6-inch rotors. Mullen claims this setup can stop the Five RS from 62 mph in 110 feet.
The Mullen Five RS measures 193.0 inches from stem to stern, has a ride height of 64.0 inches, and has 6.7 inches of ground clearance. Besides being 80.0 inches wide, it has a 116.0-inch wheelbase. Luggage volume is 26 cubic feet with the rear seats up and expands to 62 cubes with the seats stowed.
Five RS EV technologies and features
Featuring an 800-volt electrical architecture, the Five RS is said to have a 100.0 kWh battery. Mullen didn’t clarify whether this is gross or net capacity, but the company estimates it will provide up to 300 miles of driving range (25 miles shy of the normal five). The maximum charging speed is also not mentioned in the tech specs we received, but the RS is said to be able to charge from zero to 80 percent in about 20 minutes.
Inside, the Mullen Five RS features lively materials and a dashboard dominated by two large digital displays. The center console separates the front and rear passengers from each other, and the seats themselves look like they were designed to secure people during hard turns. There’s a panoramic sunroof standard on US models as well as customizable ambient lighting, a “premium” sound system, and popular infotainment features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There is also an AI-based voice assistant.
For those who are not familiar with Mullen, it is an American company based in Southern California. In 2022, it also acquired a controlling stake in Bollinger Motors, another US-based startup focused on commercial electric vehicles. Bollinger shelved plans for its B1 SUV and B2 subcompact car in the same year.
This is also the same year that Mullen unveiled the regular Five SUV, which at the time was said to go on sale in 2024. However, according to the company’s website, the Five RS is now scheduled to go on sale first, starting sometime in Next year. . The regular model (priced around $55,000) is expected to follow next.
Pricing for the Five RS has not yet been revealed, but Mullen CEO David Michery said during today’s press conference at CES that it will start around $295,000, with a carbon fiber version priced at around $385,000. We’ve reached out to Mullen’s spokesperson to confirm these numbers. We will update this story if we hear back.
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