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33Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive breaks Nurburgring EV lap record [w/video]

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.

7Mercedes planning SLS AMG E-Cell Roadster?

If the rumors are to be believed, Mercedes-Benz is planning a roadster version for the SLS AMG E-Cell electric supercar. Dutch newspaper De Telegraph is reporting that Mercedes-Benz is seriously looking at an SLS E-Cell Roadster.

8Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell reveals its inner workings

BMW has its i8, Audi has its R8 e-tron, Mercedes-Benz has its SLS AMG E-Cell. The electron-powered, gullwinged coupe will use batteries supplied by SK Innovations that power four synchronous electric motors into developing 525 horsepower and 649 pound-feet of torque. It is predicted to run from zero to 60 mph in 4 seconds – that's up from a previously estimated 3.7 seconds.

5Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell reveals its inner workings

BMW has its i8, Audi has its R8 e-tron, Mercedes-Benz has its SLS AMG E-Cell. The electron-powered, gullwinged coupe will use batteries supplied by SK Innovations that power four synchronous electric motors into developing 525 horsepower and 649 pound-feet of torque. It is predicted to run from zero to 60 mph in 4 seconds – that's up from a previously estimated 3.7 seconds.

30The future of AMG includes electrification, begins with all-electric SLS E-Cell

With alternative powertrains staking a larger claim in the mainstream, it's simply a matter of time before automakers begin adapting the technology for performance applications. The in-house tuning division of Mercedes-Benz won't be left behind, and we'll see the first all-electric AMG product by the end of next year.

9The future of AMG includes electrification, starts with all-electric SLS E-Cell

With alternative powertrains staking a larger claim in the mainstream, it's simply a matter of time before automakers begin adapting the technology for performance applications. The in-house tuning division of Mercedes-Benz won't be left behind, and we'll see the first all-electric AMG product by the end of next year.

7Mercedes-Benz shows off SLS AMG E-Cell's carbon fiber spine

We'd thought we were aware of all the details that make up the extraordinary SLS AMG E-Cell, but when Mercedes-Benz revealed the E-Cell's unique aluminum body shell hanging from the ceiling at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, a bit of never-before-seen black stood out.

18Detroit 2011: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell is the color of electric hotness

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell – Click above for high-res image gallery

21Detroit 2011: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell is the color of electric hotness

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell – Click above for high-res image gallery

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