No electric car has broken the eight-minute barrier...until now.
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive circled the Nürburgring Nordschleife 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 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.
The currently strongest AMG high-performance car has four electrical motors with a total output of 751 hp and maximum torque of 738 lb-ft. The gullwing car is therefore advancing to become the strongest and fastestelectrically-powered series production vehicle in the world. The SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive accelerates from zero to 65 mph in a mere 3.9 seconds and can reach a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited).
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. [via Mercedes-Benz]
But relax-it shouldn't be for at least five years.
There’s nothing quite like the crackling, roaring sound of a naturally-aspirated Ferrari V8 revving up to 9,000 rpm. Then again, there’s really nothing like the sound of galloping horse feet, either, and that wasn’t enough to save them from being replaced when technology moved along. (more…)
Reassurance we didn't need, but still appreciate.
We were never all that worried that Mercedes-Benz wouldn’t build an AMG version of the new S-Class. Seriously, c’mon—those AMGs are both cash cows and publicity gold for Mercedes, there’s no way they wouldn’t. But it’s still nice to see this little video that shows the still-officially-unconfirmed 2014 (or 2015) S63 AMG is already rolling off the assembly line. Literally. (more…)
They're back, baby, and we're lovin' every minute of it.
But for a lack of hobbits, Porsche’s Le Mans racing history could make for a Tolkienesque epic—but unlike J.R.R.’s tales, the story of Porsche at France’s most famous race hasn’t wrapped up just yet. (more…)
So buy your 662 horsepower Mustangs now, folks.
Can we make a little confession, folks? Well, we’re gonna, anyway: the 5.8 liter supercharged Shelby GT500 may be one of our favorite new cars. Because it’s just so insane, you can’t not love it. (more…)
Or was it even cancelled? We can't even keep track anymore.
Porsche’s sub-Boxster sports car has been off and on more frequently than Ross and Rachel, and the ensuing inability to keep track of whether it’s off or on has to almost as much grief as I’m sure to get for starting this post off with a Friends reference. (more…)
New Range sets a record for fastest production vehicle ascent.
Manufacturers seeing what kind of lap times their new cars can set on the Nürburgring Nordschleife has become kind of a cliche at this point. Measuring them against the 12.42 mile hill climb course at Pikes Peak? That’s another story. (more…)
Though to be fair, that's probably how we'd celebrate if we had a ZL1 today.
Today, in case you were unaware, is National Donut Day. Pop into a Dunkin’ Donuts or a Krispy Kreme today, and you can walk out with a torus-shaped deep-fried sugar-coated carb bomb for free. We don’t know who started this holiday, but damn it, we’re glad somebody did. And so is Chevrolet, apparently. (more…)