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SLS AMG GT, SLS AMG Electric Drive Take To The Track (w/Video)

A quiet lap at Ascari and a noisy one at the Nürburgring.

Unless you happen to work at the local AMG Driving Academy, you haven't spent enough time today watching the SLS AMG run laps around a racetrack. So we found a couple videos to help with that.

First up: As you may know, Mercedes-Benz is in the process of giving the SLS a mid-life refresh consisting of a stiffer suspension, a little more horsepower and a slight name change—all examples will heretofore be known as the SLS AMG GT. To show off the improvements, Mercedes handed the car off to brand ambassador and chairman of the Scottish Lantern-Jawed Gentlemen's Association David Coulthard, who proceeded to take the car for a drive on the Nürburgring GT track.

The SLS AMG GT's mild revisions, however, are small beans compared to the changes Mercedes made to the car for the SLS AMG Electric Drive. For that car, they threw out the entire 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 and its associated driveline components and replaced them with 740 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of electric motors. Top speed and acceleration both drop a bit (to 3.9 seconds and 155 mph), but this electric monster isn't about numbers—it's about the surreal sensation of hauling ass without gas. Hopefully we'll have the chance to try it for ourselves before long, but in the meantime, this clip of the SLS Electric Drive on Spain's Ascari racetrack gives us a sense of what the electric Benz will be like.

[via Mercedes-Benz AMG on YouTube]


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