Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive Versus SLS AMG Black Series – Top Gear Video

APR 7 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 9

Top Gear UK has finally warmed up to electric vehicles.

Time for a Drag Race

Time for a Drag Race

For proof of that, one need look no further than this video in which Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson pits the Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series against the Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive.

What does the Top Gear team says of the SLS AMG Electric Drive?  Here’s their take:

“The SLS ED is possibly the most brilliantly revolutionary thing that the already-bonkers lot at AMG have ever created: a fully electric AWD supercar.”

“Guess what’s the most powerful AMG on sale? We bet you’ll plump for the SLS Black, but you’d be wrong. It’s this SLS Electric Drive, with 740bhp and 738lb ft. That’s an enormous 118bhp and 270lb ft more than the Black – hardly a slouch when it comes to bare stats. And yet it produces precisely no local CO2 emissions.”

“This is still one of the most impressive AMGs. Ever. And the amazing thing is that you’ll actually be able to buy it.”

Only problem is that the SLS AMG ED ain’t cheap.  It’ll cost €416,500 in the UK, or roughly $573,270 in US dollars.

But still, the SLS AMG ED holds the distinction of being the most powerful and perhaps the best AMG ever made.  And it’s electric.  Fully electric.

Here are some of the vital stats on the car:

  • Cost: €416,500
  • 0-62 mph (0-100km/hr): 3.9 seconds
  • top speed: 155 mph
  • battery capacity: 60 kWh (made by UK-based AMG High Performance Powertrains Ltd in Brixworth)
  • battery weight: 548 kg (1,208lbs)
  • range: up to 150 miles

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9 Comments on "Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive Versus SLS AMG Black Series – Top Gear Video"

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Finally… now even the petrol heads are starting to understand that there is only one way to go 🙂 🙂 🙂

World’s first electric supercar? I thought that was Tesla Roadster. Him not bashing an electric car however seems a bit suspicious. Maybe JR realized that he will have to test drive the Model S and he will have to admit that it’s spectacular. Let’s see what happnes, they can’t ignore the Model S forever…

The Roadster is not fast enough to be called a Supercar.

0-60mph in 3.7 seconds is not fast enough to be called a Supercar? Then I guess neither is 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds.

Oh, and 245 miles range for the Roadster is also better, though top speed was electronically limited to 125mph.

Where is the positive mention of Top Gear’s Jason Barlow, on the Model S???

http://www.topgear.com/uk/photos/Maserati-Ghibli-takes-on-Model-S-2014-04-03

Oh yeah. I saw that the Tesla Motors FB page shared that. I would assume that TopGear would seen Tesla as out of bounds, sacred or bound for trouble considering about the past between them two. It’s good to see that they’re now playing nice to each other.

Range?

Sure, we can add some of that data into the story, (=

•Cost: €416,500
•0-62 mph (0-100km/hr): 3.9 seconds
•top speed: 155 mph
•battery capacity: 60 kWh (made by UK-based AMG High Performance Powertrains Ltd in Brixworth)
•battery weight: 548 kg (1,208lbs)
•range: up to 150 miles

I don’t see EVs dominating the track for some time, but about rallies? Power and acceleration are paramount, so is handling and the stages are short stints that easily fall within the range of an EV. They could do battery swapping between them.