The Mercedes-Benz SLS Electric Drive Is "Mega" (Video)

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Most people probably think of electric cars as an environmental solution, if the concept is to be pigeonholed.

While that's certainly the case, what many people don't know is that electric vehicles can also be a lot of fun.

Nowhere is this demonstrated better than the video you see above, as a chrome blue Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive scythes its way around a race track.

Chris Harris from the Drive Youtube channel is very much a typical gearhead, with a love for internal combustion and the associated sounds, smells and sensations that brings.

But it's fair to say he enjoys what the electric SLS has to offer, as he pitches it into turns with only a small whine from the motors, the screech of tires and the rumble of curbs disturbing his monologues. The roar of the SLS's usual V-8 engine is nowhere to be heard.

The video focuses as much on the car's highly advanced 'torque vectoring' system as it does on the powertrain itself.

With individual motors supplying power to individual wheels, the car's computers provide almost unlimited control over the behavior of each wheel. As much or as little power can be supplied depending on cornering attitude, even providing resistance or 'negative torque' where necessary to help the car rotate.

And when you hit a straight, a maximum of 740 horsepower and 738 pounds-feet of torque is unleashed. When Mr Harris isn't laughing in amazement, he has just one word to describe the SLS: "Mega".

But don't just take his word for it. Our own Marty Padgett also got behind the wheel of the SLS Electric Drive, and you can see his full video and test report here.

Electric cars? Green certainly. But also mega fun.

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