The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive may be powered by batteries, but it is a legitimate supercar. It has exotic supercar styling, supercar paint, and a 416,500 Euro ($550,600 at today's rates) supercar price tag. Now, it also has a sub-eight-minute supercar lap time around the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

With Mercedes AMG vehicle development manager Markus Hofbauer behind the wheel, a bright yellow example has laid down an official time of 7:56.234. That's fast enough to embarrass the Audi R8 e-tron and snatch away the production EV record. The only electric vehicle that's done it faster is the Radical-based Toyota Motorsport EV P002, which is, of course, not for sale to the public.

You can watch the Mercedes – which begins making its way into buyer's nicely-appointed garages later this month – quickly wind its way through The Green Hell by scrolling below. Not only do we have video featuring a nice intro and some flyby footage, but there is also a full-length in-car recording with a split-screen view of telemetry and the driver. As a bonus, we've even thrown in a video of Chris Harris spending some quality track time with the car, mostly because it has the best explanation (at the 9:55 mark) of the advanced drivetrain that lies beneath its carbon fiber backbone. Enjoy!




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Mercedes-AMG establishes lap record in the "Grüne Hölle": SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive masters Nordschleife in 7:56.234 minutes

Nürburg/Affalterbach – The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive circled the Nürburgring Nordschleife ("north loop") in a record time of 7:56.234 minutes. Therefore, the electric AMG super sports car is at the same time the first electrically-powered series production vehicle, which masters the legendary race track in under eight minutes. The record time of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive was notarially certified. Two weeks after the first overall win for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 in the 24 Hours Nürburgring, a further member of the SLS AMG family impressively demonstrates its potential on the most difficult race track worldwide.

"Mercedes-AMG impressively shows the potential of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive with the new record on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Mercedes-AMG is the first vehicle manufacturer which makes it possible to circle the Nordschleife in under eight minutes with an electrically-powered series production vehicle. This record run is another proof for our constant innovative vigour", according to Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

"For the first time, an electrically-powered series production vehicle circles the Nürburgring Nordscheife in under eight minutes. The record for the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive in 7:56.234 minutes on the Nordschleife shows the special position of our innovative and unique drive solution. With the extremely efficient battery technology deriving from Formula 1, four electric motors positioned close to the wheels, the individual wheel torques "AMG Torque Dynamics", the SLS eSound and our ambitious "AMG Lightweight Performance" design strategy, the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive generates a breathtaking sensation unlike any other model out on the road", according to Tobias Moers, Head of Overall Vehicle Development and member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

The SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive, with which Mercedes-AMG set up the record on the 20.832 kilometres long traditional race track in the Eifel, corresponds to the series version, which celebrates its launch in June 2013. The currently strongest AMG high-performance car has four electrical motors with a total output of 552 kW (751 hp) and maximum torque of 1000 Nm. The gullwing car is therefore advancing to become the strongest and fastest electrically-powered series production vehicle in the world. The SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in a mere 3.9 seconds and can reach a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited).

A new dimension of driving performance – the AMG brand pledge is fulfilled to remarkable effect by the outstanding performance dynamics, which come courtesy of AMG Torque Dynamics and are made possible by the wheel-selective all-wheel drive. The most "electrifying" gullwing model ever has been developed in-house by Mercedes-AMG GmbH. The extremely powerful high-voltage battery for the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is the result of the collaboration between Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth in the UK and is setting the pace in energy density, power density and efficiency. Here, the British Formula 1 experts were able to draw on their extensive experience with KERS hybrid concepts.

The car's agile response to movements of the accelerator pedal and the linear power output are a source of pure delight: unlike with a combustion engine, the build-up of torque is instantaneous with electric motors – maximum torque is effectively available from standstill. The spontaneous torque build-up and immense power delivery without any interruption in traction on the one hand are combined with completely vibration-free motor running characteristics on the other.

An overview of the most important data:

SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive
Max. output 552 kW (751 hp)
Torque 1000 Nm
0-100 km/h 3.9 s
Top speed 250 km/h*
Range 250 km (according to NEDC)
Battery energy content 60 kWh
Battery voltage 400 volts
CO2 emissions 0 g/km

*Electronically limited

All-wheel drive with AMG Torque Dynamics offers new-found freedom

Four motors, four wheels – the intelligent and permanent all-wheel drive of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive guarantees driving dynamics of the highest calibre, while at the same time providing the best possible active safety. Optimum traction of the four driven wheels is therefore ensured, whatever the weather conditions. According to the developers, the term "AMG Torque Dynamics" refers to individual control of the electric motors, something which enables completely new levels of freedom to be achieved. The AMG Torque Dynamics feature is permanently active and allows for selective distribution of power to each individual wheel. The intelligent distribution of drive torque has a beneficial effect on driving dynamics, handling, driving safety and ride comfort. Each individual wheel can be both electrically driven and electrically braked in accordance with the specific driving situation, thus helping to

* optimise the vehicle's cornering properties,
* reduce the tendency to oversteer/understeer,
* increase the yaw damping of the basic vehicle,
* reduce the steering effort and steering angle required,
* increase traction,
* and minimise ESP® and ASR intervention.

The AMG Torque Dynamics feature boasts a high degree of variability and individuality by offering three different driving modes:

* Comfort (C): comfortable, forgiving driving characteristics
* Sport (S): sporty, balanced driving characteristics
* Sport plus (S+): sporty, very agile driving characteristics

Manufaktur hand finishing at company headquarters in Affalterbach

Mercedes-AMG has installed a dedicated Manufaktur hand-finishing section for electric vehicles at its headquarters in Affalterbach for final assembly of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive. The electrically powered gullwing model is assembled and readied for operation at a total of seven different stations. The entire logistics process is based in Affalterbach, too.

Production of parts such as the exterior and interior initially takes place at the Mercedes-Benz production facility in Sindelfingen. In Affalterbach, highly trained workers take charge of assembling the axles, electric motors, transmissions and cooling system components. Particular care is taken with the installation of all high-voltage components, such as the liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery, the accompanying cables, inverter and control units, and the onboard charger. Needless to say, the utmost standards of safety are applied during all work on high-voltage components. The operational check and extensive final inspection at the end ensure that the manufacturing and product quality offered by the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is of the very highest order.

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive celebrates its sales launch in June 2013. The purchase price for Germany (incl. 19% VAT):

SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive: 416,500 euros


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      Giza Plateau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Btw, this 2 seater car weighs 2.1ton
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      OK, Mercedes. Can you now build an EV that rich people can afford? (Not just the ultra-rich.)
      Giza Plateau
      • 1 Year Ago
      All the incompetence mercedes expresses with the SLS not withstanding, I think the color was a good choice. Really stands out and goes well with the mystery of high voltage. Just a shame the car falls way short of what it could be and let's down the color. But to be an equal opportunity offender, this SLS isn't anywhere near as lame as Nissan's Leaf nismo. These stagnant reluctant minds seem to always make sure any electric car they make doesn't embarrass any of their ICE illusions.
      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seeing this makes me wonder what a production Tesla Model S Performance Plus would do around the track. I think the numbers would come out similarly. The safety features built into the car might prevent it from getting the fastest time though.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Grendal
        It would be interesting to see a EV family sedan post similar times costing 20% as much. Someone get Elon on the phone, I see cheap PR.
        Val
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Grendal
        Model S is a lot heavier and has 300 hp less. Also, the 4WD with individual motors for each wheel means the can can corner like no other comparable car.
      k_m94
      • 1 Year Ago
      The SLS EV: The most powerful, most advanced, most expensive, most pointless, heaviest, least usable, most ugly, least fun sounding, and slowest SLS AMG makes.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @k_m94
        Somebody is mad they don't have rich boy toys.
          k_m94
          • 1 Year Ago
          @m_2012
          Almost everything I said about the electric SLS is objectively true or a not unpopular opinion, I'm not mad at all. In fact it would be great fun to drive on a track, though after 2 laps of Nurburgring it would be game over for the battery. It is the most powerful (and produces the most torque). Yet it's slowest in a straight line whether it be 0-60 acceleration (3.9 quoted vs 3.5-3.8 for the V8 models) or top speed. It's the slowest around a track, I mean 7:55 could probably be beaten by a C63 AMG (not even the Black Series). It weighs 1000lb more than the standard car, so it is the heaviest. It costs much more than the hardcore SLS Black Series, and more than double the price of the regular SLS GT. With the eye searing yellow or pimped out chrome blue paint job it is definitely the ugly child of the SLS family, making the grille into a body color painted cheese grater doesnt help its case either. There's no doubting it's the most advanced, but that isnt a criticism just a comment. With its short range that is probably quartered when driven hard and the inevitably long recharge times its usefulness as either a GT or a track toy are severely limited, but it's still useful for burning people's retinas at car shows. And almost any other engine is a sound downgrade from the aural experience of an M159 6.2 on full chat, let alone the near silence of electric motors. As for pointless, well as an actual thing to sell to consumers it really is considering the price and all the drawbacks compared to the regular car. As a developmental testbed and prototype it's got promise, but it makes no sense in its current iteration. I mean a Tesla Model S with the performance engine is likely just as fast, much more spaceous, looks like a real car and not a toy or Saudi prince's wet dream, more advanced, and is 1/5 the price. The only thing going for the SLS EV is the handling potential of 4 wheel independent motors, which is why it's a good testbed for the technology.
          Actionable Mango
          • 1 Year Ago
          @m_2012
          Voting is a popularity contest. The truth is irrelevant.
          Cayman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @m_2012
          I know I am, this thing looks like a blast to drive.
          Grendal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @m_2012
          Not sure why you're getting downvoted. You made excellent points.
      vripper
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does the SLS also hold the record for ugliest vehicle?
        Giza Plateau
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vripper
        Its form is based on the moronic dodge viper which is already even uglier but USA has many brute ugly vehicles. the dodge challenger more than any other car captures the quintessential wife beater prison inmate spirit and is spectacularly moronically offensively ugly. it's Rush Limbaugh made vehicle through and through.
          Dave D
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          Wow Dan, when you wax poetic, you really wax poetic! LMAO!!!
      Rich
      • 1 Year Ago
      So it beat what brand/mpdels exactly? Shocklingly it beat the Leaf... finally.
        Mark Melocco
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rich
        Probably the most representative time for the the Nissan GTR was done by Sport Auto in 2010 with a time of 7:34 but Nissan have have completed the lap in another GTR in 7:24 but there are questions as to if this was a standard GTR. So 7:56 is a bit off the pace but still a quick time.
      Smoking_dude
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really like the car. The sad thing is that its extremely priced compared to the model S and mercedes kinda not really wants a mass market ev. Nice features: 4 motors with total of 552kw and torque vectoring. 0-62.1 in 3.9 seconds 26.8 kWh/62.1 miles. The t-shaped battery stores 60 kWh of juice. Compare that to the 85kwh of the tesla... model s vs e-cell would be interesting 1 drag race 2 nurburgring 3 endurance ;) 1 wins the amg 2. should be interesting, low center of gravity vs torque vectoring 2a who gets the most laps 2b whose battery is going to last 3. most miles on a single charge 3a most miles with supercharging ;) e-cell has no supercharge ^_^ but as both companies partner, why don't they use best of both??? imagine the the model s or model x with 4 motors. on the other hand the e-cell really could use tesla's battery pack. at 500.000 only 60kwh? come on slap at least 100 kwh to it.
      Giza Plateau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Half a million dollar turd. So clumsy, so overweight, so poor aerodynamics. Incompetent mercedes engineers.
        Cayman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        Its the fastest lap in an EV, so clearly you must be right, it's overweight, terrible aero, and it's clumsy. Clearly incompetent engineering.
          Giza Plateau
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cayman
          I usually am right, yes. And no it's not the fastest EV on the ring. Just the fastest sort of production vehicle. The electric Radical was a lot faster and it could be much faster still and very cheaply. This SLS costs half a million dollars, that's why it's a turd. Dare to think a little.
        Malhaar
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        you just contradicted yourself. You said " so overweight, so poor aerodynamics" and then said "Just the fastest sort of production vehicle" so your latter statement just annihilated your former statement. Quite the genius you are. *facepalm*
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        Don't be so hateful with your jealousy.
          methos1999
          • 1 Year Ago
          @m_2012
          Guys, don't feed the trolls
          Giza Plateau
          • 1 Year Ago
          @m_2012
          Guys, don't be mindless little trolls. I am the righteous brilliant one here. You are the petty trolls. Just because what the genius says differs a lot from your beliefs doesn't make it wrong.
          m_2012
          • 1 Year Ago
          @m_2012
          sorry....
          ElectricAvenue
          • 1 Year Ago
          @m_2012
          Dan is not just a genius, he's a SUPER genius. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIPr23xyoZg
      k_m94
      • 1 Year Ago
      The SLS EV: The most powerful, most advanced, most expensive, most pointless, heaviest, least usable, most ugly, least fun sounding, and slowest SLS AMG makes.
      Ele Truk
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have a problem with their "production EV" claim. Neither the AMG, or the Audio eTron qualify as production cars. These are prototype cars.
        Giza Plateau
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ele Truk
        Sort of true but the moment they put them up for sale, however ridiculous the price, it is by definition a production car.
      sandos
      • 1 Year Ago
      Apparently the batteries were warm even after one track: theyre not getting full output at the end
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