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Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive hits the track [video]

Goes on sale next year

Mercedes has released a new promotional video of the SLS AMG Electric Drive being put through the paces at the Ascari race track in Malaga, Spain.

Dressed in an exclusive blue hue, called AMG electricbeam magno, the electric supercar whirls around the track while barely making a sound.

The SLS AMG Electric Drive has four electric motors that produce a combined output of 740 HP (552 kW) and 1000 Nm (738 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, hit a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) and travel 250 km (155 miles) on a single charge. When the car's lithium-ion battery is depleted, it can be recharged in approximately three hours with a rapid charger or 20 hours with a conventional outlet.

The Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive will go on sale next year and German pricing starts at €416,500 (including 19% VAT).

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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AlinCare
it sounds SF, i like it, UFO racer.
Oct 10, 2012 1:06 pm
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BOOGIE_WOOGIE
@CDspeed: What world do you live in mate. Not everyone looks before crossing the road. Some pedestrians assume there's nothing coming they're way based on sound so they will cross an intersection, its a dangerous game but not everyone is alert to their surroundings. It takes an instant of neglegiance to put yourself in trouble. There are loads of accidents where its due to people not looking both ways before crossing a road. And where in my initial comment do i appear to get upset over all this and paranoid. I think you're getting your panties in a twist. Take a breather, go play bingo or do long division if you have to but don't come on here and assume. My comment about damn near silent electric cars as a road hazard stands. Even Audi has stated they adding sound to their electric lineup. Pedestrians rely on sight and sound to navigate through traffic safely. Take away one of those and you're putting them in a spot of bother.
Oct 9, 2012 10:03 am
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velsatis
Hate to disagree of everyone else but I dont care about none of this, just give me the petrol V8 and all its noise, all the nuclear power, all the polution and so on, after all the planet isn't dying because of the supercars sold in this world, make comercial cars electric, make people carriers and town cars eletric, dam make family cars electric, but stay away from the sports cars, leave us alone, we want the adrenalin we want to fell that engine scream.
Oct 9, 2012 5:53 am
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CDspeed
Mercedes isn't going to get rid of the V8 SLS because of this, this is just another version of the SLS. Besides for the price they're asking I'd rather buy a S-class and a SLS.
Oct 9, 2012 7:03 am
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velsatis
Neither I stated that, but the future is suposed to be "all green"....I just dont want that. This isn't suposed to sell well if any, this is just an example by Mercedes showing that they are making develpments in the area of green
Oct 9, 2012 7:07 am
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CDspeed
I agree the SLS ED is most likely a limited production car aimed at high end car collectors.
Oct 9, 2012 8:22 am
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benzboy
what an Amazing machine!! Love the color, it makes me think back to the 60's and my Camaro SS with the white stripe on the engine hood wish I could remember what the color name was. Too Bad I live in a High Rise and would have no place to plug it in. I am sure this will sell like hot cakes.
Oct 8, 2012 9:46 pm
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DBaskov
Hate to be a smartass but I never heard "sell like hotcakes" term apply on something that costs close to a half million euros lol.
Oct 8, 2012 10:11 pm
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benzboy
Half million euros. I dont think so could be wrong hope not, however the porsche 918 Spyder will start out about 900k USD and you dont think the first run of cars will sell out very quickly or maybe they already have LOL
Oct 9, 2012 3:20 am
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vilivo
Thats electrifying, its gonna really shock the competition. Im all charged up 4 this...
Oct 8, 2012 8:35 pm
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BOOGIE_WOOGIE
Is it not dangerous to have cars damn near silent. I mean sound is an important indicator to pedestrians on the location of a car in his/her surroundings. Not everyone looks when crossing the road.
Oct 8, 2012 7:34 pm
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benzboy
I cant add snarky comment to your post, because it does have truth to it. Last year I was in a car accident and my loaner car was a Nissan Leaf. Driving the car was initially cool, however at first, its fun yet disorenting somewhat to be driving at 70 mph and no noise.I did have to return the Leaf the next day and get a gas car, just because I couldnt find anyone who would let follow them home and plug in and a full charge is like 10 hours. So... on the other hand people who drive these cars have to be very aware of there surroundings, because as you said you cant hear them coming.
Oct 9, 2012 3:15 am
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CDspeed
You sound paranoid by the lack of sound, sure it's a new experiance but it's nothing to get upset about. And before you pull out into traffic do you listen for coming cars and if you hear nothing do you just go for it? No you look both ways, no one listens for traffic.
Oct 9, 2012 6:55 am
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BOOGIE_WOOGIE
Gee whiz, that is disturbing. To hear no engine roar whatsoever. If you listen closely you can hear a slight high-pitched whizzing noise as the car moves passed the camera which is quite cool but its damn near inaudible. Amazing car and amazing performance specs but just look at that battery range, huge.
Oct 8, 2012 7:31 pm
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in2fun
it's amazing.. seeing the car pull away without making any engine sound, quite disturbing, must be witchcraft.
Oct 8, 2012 6:11 pm
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nexuseven
What can I say? Just WOW!!! Missing fantastic sound of the V8 engine ;-)
Oct 8, 2012 5:03 pm
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