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BY: Bix

Top Gear Drives the Electric SLS

Clarkson does not destroy it.

The gang at Top Gear took the prototype Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-cell out for a spin in Norway, and not only did they come back impressed, they didn't make a single "Electric Slide" joke. (Maybe that's an American thing.) According to writer Jason Barlow, the E-cell (prototype one of one, he claims, though it's hard to believe Mercedes would let anyone from Top Gear drive a one-off this important unless there was a Benz minder in the passenger's seat, aiming a Glock at the driver) is a wholly different drive than the gas-powered SLS, but still very entertaining—not surprising, given the 528 hp and 649 lb-ft being generated by the four electric motors feeding every wheel. While the electric powertrain's impressive nature at this early stage is certainly noteworthy (the car isn't expected to hit the market until 2013 at the earliest), take note of the car's cool iPad-in-the-dash-esque touchscreen control panel—odds are good you'll be seeing it in production too. [via Top Gear]
COMMENTS
  • Kristian says:
    August 27, 2010 at 5:58 pm
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    528 hp from an EV?! Yes!

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