AMG cars are not really about setting blistering lap times. They are designed to put a big smile on your face every time you go around a corner, rather than being quick in the process. Now though, they have set a lap time at the Nurburgring that is quite significant, as the car that set it is the SLS Electric Drive; the world’s first proper electric supercar.
The SLS ED that set the lap time of 7:56.234 minutes is a pre-production prototype, but Mercedes swears that its specs are identical to that of the production model, which is due soon. That means the car has a total output of 552 kW (751 hp) and maximum torque of 1000 Nm (738 lb-ft). If only it didn’t weight that much.
As it stands, the SLS Electric Drive goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, and can reach a top speed of 250 km/h. That makes it the fastest electrically-powered series production vehicle in the world. The range of the Mercedes SLS Electric Drive is yet to be confirmed by the manufacturer, but the battery pack it uses has an energy content of 60 kWh.
In terms of dynamics, the car benefits from an all-wheel-drive system – one electric motor for each of the wheels – and the power delivery is controlled by “AMG Torque Dynamics” which treats each wheel individually. The way it works is very complicated and mind-numbingly boring. Just know that this way you get maximum grip and maximum efficiency. Just like a normal AMG car, this system offers three driving modes of Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus.
The Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive goes on sale in June 2013, with a starting price of 416,500 euros (USD $549,780) in Germany. Currently there is no plan to offer this car in the United States.