Currently reading: Mullen Five RS is 1000bhp, 200mph super-crossover
Lofty performance statistics claimed for Tesla Model X Plaid rival at its debut in Las Vegas

US firm Mullen Automotive has revealed a 1000bhp electric super-crossover that's aiming to crack 200mph. 

The California-based EV firm, founded in 2014 by David Michery, took to CES in Las Vegas to show its new flagship model, the Five RS - based on the Five it showed last year.

The RS – no doubt conceived as a rival to the likes of the Tesla Model X Plaid and Lucid Air Dream Edition – is claimed to have more than 1000bhp, a 200mph-plus top speed and a 0-60mph time of less than two seconds.

Michery gave few technical details away at the car's unveiling but did confirm that the RS features a twin-motor four-wheel-drive powertrain and 800V charging architecture that is said to allow for a 0-80% top-up in just 21 minutes. 

Mullen also says the RS is fitted with six- and four-piston Brembo brake calipers clamping carbon-ceramic discs, an Ultra-Performance Race Track mode for maximum power and more engaging steering, and an AI-powered voice assistant with facial recognition technology.  

It is unclear whether the RS – or indeed the Five on which it is based – is ready to enter production at the firm's new factory in Robinsonville, Mississippi. The car on show in Las Vegas was clearly a prototype built just for the stage. 

However, it does have a full interior, complete with Alcantara-finished sports seats, carbon-effect trim and bespoke orange ambient lighting. 

Michery said in 2022: “From the inception of Mullen, it has been my mission to bring an ultra-high-performance EV to market.

"The Five RS is intended to be one of the fastest vehicles on the planet, competing with some of the best and most well-known and regarded automotive marques."

He had also pledged to showcase the car's performance on track last spring, but the car has yet to be seen driving in public.

Mullen holds a controlling stake in electric commercial vehicles firm Bollinger Motors, which revealed a hardcore pick-up and SUV duo at Los Angeles in 2019 but has since shifted focus to full-scale HGVs. 

The company was supposed to launch a sports car called the Dragonfly K50 – based on Chinese firm Qiantu's K50 – in 2021 but has yet to deliver any cars to customers. 

Felix Page

Felix Page
Title: News and features editor

Felix is Autocar's news editor, responsible for leading the brand's agenda-shaping coverage across all facets of the global automotive industry - both in print and online.

He has interviewed the most powerful and widely respected people in motoring, covered the reveals and launches of today's most important cars, and broken some of the biggest automotive stories of the last few years. 

Join the debate

Add a comment…
Boris9119 9 January 2024

Unlikely you will ever see one in a showroom, the company performed 3 reverse splits last year just to keep its price above $1 and remain listed on the Nasdaq, in doing so wiping out 99% of shareholders value! All they produce at the moment are Chinese kit vans and light trucks that they bolt together in the USA, and were talking less than 100 last year. Difficult to see anything other than bancruptcy or a buyout for MULN this year.

Just Saying 10 January 2024
Good evening Boris!
Time you did some freelance work for Autocar. Nice informative piece.

Over two (200mph) under two (secs to 60) A bonkers bench mark, but a bench mark none the less for these EV's
Don't get me started on the BHP!