Top Gear UK has finally warmed up to electric vehicles.

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