Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG on Nurburgring

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive may be powered by batteries, but it is a legitimate supercar. It has exotic supercar styling, supercar paint, and a 416,500 Euro ($550,600 at today’s rates) supercar price tag. Now, it also has a sub-eight-minute supercar lap time around the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

With Mercedes AMG vehicle development manager Markus Hofbauer behind the wheel, a bright yellow example has laid down an official time of 7:56.234. That’s fast enough to embarrass the Audi R8 e-tron and snatch away the production EV record. The only electric vehicle that’s done it faster is the Radical-based Toyota Motorsport EV P002, which is, of course, not for sale to the public.

You can watch the Mercedes – which begins making its way into buyer’s nicely-appointed garages later this month – quickly wind its way through The Green Hell by scrolling below. Not only do we have video featuring a nice intro and some flyby footage, but there is also a full-length in-car recording with a split-screen view of telemetry and the driver. As a bonus, we’ve even thrown in a video of Chris Harris spending some quality track time with the car, mostly because it has the best explanation (at the 9:55 mark) of the advanced drivetrain that lies beneath its carbon fiber backbone. Enjoy!

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By Domenick Yoney