A philosophical question from your automotive enthusiast future: does a supercar need to make noise in order to be a supercar? The easy answer might be no. If they're more powerful, do everything faster, attract the opposite sex, cost a gang of money and look better in orange than actual oranges, what more are you looking for?

Then watch the blue chrome, $573,000, KERS-equipped, 740-horsepower Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive lap the Ascari track in Spain. It does so largely in silence, although at some points it sounds like a hidden jet flying overhead. That should be worth something when the SLS AMG ED hits the road and causes people to look up as it drives by. But is it still really a supercar?

There's no wrong answer, but feel free to refer to your Kant and Wittgenstein reference materials for assistance while you watch the video below.



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      SublimeKnight
      • 2 Years Ago
      What was the chase car that the video was shot from? Unless it was also electric, the audio here was likely created in a studio.
        paulwesterberg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SublimeKnight
        Or they could have used the audio recorded the from a camera attached to the vehicle itself.
      Smoking_dude
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really think it is great but... $573,000 vs $97,900 (signature performance)
      ClementZ
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't even tell if the car being pushed hard or not...
      Tweaker
      • 2 Years Ago
      So what were they using as a camera car that was (supposedly) equally as silent?
      Winsom Cash
      • 2 Years Ago
      stealthy!
        ratpack
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Winsom Cash
        only misses matte black paint... instead of that hideous blue
          pascal christian
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ratpack
          Since it no longer uses oil the paint scheme is kinda necessary to attract the middle eastern buyers
      Tarantula
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hauntingly quiet in my opinion and if that's the future of super cars, then not that I can afford but, I'll surely miss what world has to offer right now.....!!! This just makes me sad...!!
        Dave
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tarantula
        Personally, I'm not a fan of loud cars. But the sound of a well designed engine tends to drown out road noise / tire noise / brake noise / suspension noise / ac compressor noise / etc.
        Rob J
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tarantula
        This is probably the future of regular cars, not the future for super cars for a long time, if at all.
      nlt624@aol.com
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's amazing!
      Jeff
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't tell who's driving... is that a rapper or Justine Bieber?
      Kris
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't like how it looks. I don't like how it sounds. I don't like its price. I don't like the fact that if you start driving it like a sports car should be driven it'll be out of juice before the tyres warm up, on another hand I doubt many of the owners of the 6.2l V8 SLS do that either. Let's face it, the SLS always was more of a show off than drivers car and this one might be the ultimate SLS in that respect. I like the rims though!
      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      No denying the performance potential of electric sports cars, but I need some engine noise. It's all part of the experience. Where are all the computer/car geeks? Can someone record say a hemi V8 and sync the sound to the throttle pedal please?
      Aaron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Though it pains us as enthusiasts, cars are becoming more and more like appliances every day. Exhaust notes will soon be relegated to "the good ol' days", and even the interactivity of driving may go away with self-driving cars. We have to keep up with the times or become one of those dried-up old fogies yelling at the kids to stay off his lawn. For us, "the times" means losing exhaust notes and embracing the new norm: Silent cars.
        BryanGx
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Aaron
        Nah. Cars of ALL types (from the performance-oriented sports cars and sports sedans all the way down to the lowliest Kia) are getting much more powerful, more driveable, more comfortable, more reliable, more fuel efficient, safer, better looking, and more tech saavy every day. There's still a lot for an "enthusiast" to look forward to in the future. It's an exciting time.
      Dave
      • 2 Years Ago
      $573,000 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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