SLS AMG Coupe versus SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

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SLS AMG Coupe is (or, rather, was) an astounding supercar. With looks that honour the classic SL 300 Gullwing, an engine that honours speed and a chassis that honours the company’s long history in motorsports, the SLS AMG Coupe turned out to be a winner from the moment its wheels touched the tarmac for the first time. 

It is a thoroughbred sports car. It’s not just fancy looks, loud noises and quick acceleration in straight lines – the SLS AMG Coupe is a car that wants to be driven and wants to be driven fast. Yes, it has all the luxuries you would expect from a Mercedes, it’s just that they take the backseat behind the experience offered by the engine, transmission and chassis.

If you’re not convinced yet, then take it from Jeremy Clarkson, the notoriously hard to please TV presenter from TopGear UK. When he says a car is good, it’s usually very good. And if he says a car is very good, well… he’s probably talking about one of the cars he owns.

Needless to say, he seems to have enjoyed his time at the wheel of the SLS AMG Coupe. You’d think that the 6.2 litre V8 engine with 580 hp that pushes the car to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds is to blame but, knowing Clarkson pretty well after dozens of TopGear seasons, it’s safer to put your money on the ease with which the SLS eats through its tires.

His reluctance towards electric propulsion is also no secret. It’s not as noisy, it’s not as fast and it’s not as fun. Or so he thought. Enter SLS AMG Electric Drive, an all electric supercar with four electric motors, 750 hp and 1,000 Nm. And we all know how electric cars deliver their torque…

I won’t tell you what Clarkson makes of this duo but rest assured, the phenomenal performance of the SLS AMG Electric Drive was enough to soften his petrol soaked heart. Now click play and enjoy the video (if you haven’t already).