Should I Have Bought a Mercedes SLS Electric Drive?

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Πριν μήνα

Normal SLS AMG, right? Wrong! This is the extremely rare and valuable SLS AMG Electric Drive, the first series production electric car ever from Mercedes-Benz. There are less than 10 in private hands, it's the most powerful ca"r Mercedes have ever made with 750hp, and thanks to Mechatronik, taking it for a drive has certainly left an impression!
Back when the SLS AMG E-cell was first launched, followed by the SLS AMG Electric Drive production model, I remember being fascinated when taking a look at it during the motorshow rounds. Despite not being that long ago, the idea of electric cars was still in its infancy and Mercedes punched high with their first ever offering based on the SLS AMG at the time. Fast forward and I'm now lucky enough to own the SLS Black Series, the most hardcore of the combustion engine variants, and despite visually being so similar to the SLS Electric Drive, it couldn't be more different.
After a recent visit to Mechantronik, near Stuttgart in Germany, to drive the SL65 AMG Black Series, we caught a glimpse of the SLS AMG Electric Drive and I was absolutely intrigued to return and find out more about what it's actually like. On paper the car boasts 4 electric motors offering a total output of 750hp and 1,000Nm with a 0-100km/h (62mph) time of just 3.8 seconds, and on to a top speed of 250km/h (155mph).
With the two cars parked so by side, the casual observer would never realise that the silver car was by far the rarer and more special variant of the SLS. Of course it was not designed from the outset to be an electric body style so the batteries and motors have been shoe-horned in, with visual cues like the different grille giving away what lies beneath. Inside it's the same story, the familiar set up with the addition of gauges to show battery reserve and charge.
Technically, the car actually has a pushrod suspension setup that's visible under the bonnet and with a motor per wheel it also has a clever torque vectoring system while also offering 4WD. Being an early electric car though, it does suffer from range issues with a claimed maximum of 250km (160 miles) which of course is under very gentle use.
Without doubt, the driving experience took me by surprise. In many ways it's as dynamic as the SLS Black Series, and of course with the same seating position back towards the rear axle with an extraordinarily long bonnet out in front. The instance torque and ability to keep traction in horrible weather impresses no end, and the incorporation of technology into a familiar platform is almost eerie. This will be a car for the future, a brave move in the early days of electric but something that works very well.
A huge thanks to the team at Mechatronik for this amazing opportunity. For more content from their collection, projects being worked on and plenty more, be sure to follow at: mechatronik_official
Thanks for watching, Tim

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Shmee150 Πριν μήνα
The SLS Electric Drive was clearly ahead of its time, and getting behind the wheel thanks to Mechatronik makes me wonder if I should have bought one of these instead of my Black Series! So familiar, but yet so different, do you like it?
Charles Lu
Charles Lu Πριν 9 ώρες
@Greg Siwek, the electricity is coming more and more from renewables, solar and wind. Gas is out doing coal. That’s the future and you might as well accept it. I love my 981 Spyder but my daily is a P85D
Machine Against The Rage
Machine Against The Rage Πριν 13 ημέρες
Tim. This is so serious I’m using your real name for attention. Get. This. Car. It WILL be worth 7 figures in short order. Less than 10??? Get on it, bro.
Hans Vlogs
Hans Vlogs Πριν μήνα
Yea I like it
ShoeandCar Lover
ShoeandCar Lover Πριν μήνα
I hope they make a Mercedes gt electric drive 😊
Antonis Karyotis
Antonis Karyotis Πριν μήνα
No, I do not like it!
SSR 911
SSR 911 Πριν 2 ημέρες
Where is your upper lip...?
CATO Πριν 10 ημέρες
The answer is a resounding no. Its powerful but runs out of charge almost immediately lol.
Robin Stover
Robin Stover Πριν 11 ημέρες
YES, Project car! Please get an SLS E Drive! Then work with AMG to update the batteries to today's technology to shed weight.
Element 7
Element 7 Πριν 14 ημέρες
I drove in the yellow one, when i had an internship at amg :)))
Jonik Overmars
Jonik Overmars Πριν 20 ημέρες
no no no
P5Z91 Πριν 20 ημέρες
Yes but not this. Buy a tesla or a porsche taycan.
Kylmore Voss
Kylmore Voss Πριν 25 ημέρες
Yes u should buy everything,u have unlimited money so go and buy everything Kappa!!
Deon Du Toit
Deon Du Toit Πριν 27 ημέρες
Two things I didn’t know. One that the SLS Black was that expensive and also that it was that fast 0-60. Wow on both counts! One of my cars is a CL 65 AMG and I don’t even think it’s as fast.
Chris Wiggins
Chris Wiggins Πριν 27 ημέρες
T. Πριν μήνα
Why don’t you make a video of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Kreisel G Wagen!
Potatoblues Πριν μήνα
AMG literally has the opportunity to name the AMG GT Electric as an AMG GTE
Octane Parker
Octane Parker Πριν μήνα
Change your intro
Jim Carter
Jim Carter Πριν μήνα
No sound no thank you
Simcoe Πριν μήνα
Very nice electric drive. The new Tesla Roadster coming up might be interesting on your channel.
Ben. Jammin'
Ben. Jammin' Πριν μήνα
Do you think that the AMG GT should've had gullwing doors on it rather than conventional? Just like the 300SL and SLS
Ahsen Nadeem
Ahsen Nadeem Πριν μήνα
Yeah that's good and all but when are you adding a C63 BS to the collection?
timmo3351 Πριν μήνα
I see the ugly Centurion watch has gone already! 😂
Darkrex Simmo
Darkrex Simmo Πριν μήνα
David White
David White Πριν μήνα
The power train for this car was designed and built in Brixworth, UK, at AMGs F1 facility. It was a special project that the F1 guys got to work on, and I think is was more of a demonstration to prove what can be done with Electric power.
Clive why not
Clive why not Πριν μήνα
Abdullah Z
Abdullah Z Πριν μήνα
I have only seen ONE here in norway, it was grey and i saw it in 2014. I was 9 or 10 i remember thinking it was the normal SLS and waiting for the guy to start it up but it never did, i was like hold up this doesnt look right and i saw all the vents and badging, no exhausts. It was the first time i saw it. I got disappointed it wasnt a regular SLS cus i wanted to hear it but it was still very cool. The guy that owns it now is currently selling the rims for it for 8k. I think there is another one here in norway also in all black.
Nathan Fenot
Nathan Fenot Πριν μήνα
The only electric car i am hyper for
Mayank Maximum CX
Mayank Maximum CX Πριν μήνα
Na it is cheap in asphalt 8
Alex Ethridge
Alex Ethridge Πριν μήνα
just a thought, what if the AMG One getting pushed back was just a conspiracy to allow them time to secretly work on a electric GT? With the direction electric cars are going nowadays, the AMG One could be the final hoorah for petrol engines in AMGs. I highly doubt it and don't want it to happen. But if it did, that would be one heck of a way to go out.
sean hershey
sean hershey Πριν μήνα
$400-500,000.00.?.. I had no idea
Joshua Gommers
Joshua Gommers Πριν μήνα
There's one for sale 10 kilometres away from where I live, I still want to visit and see it in person. It has been one of my favourite cars since it was on TopGear🤣🤣
Challenger160 Πριν μήνα
Everyone who owns this car right about now has an absolute gem on their garage. For the rarity and how the electric age is looking, this car was pretty far ahead of its time. It's the Mercedes-Benz Gull-wing of the electric car age.
Tony_yeung Πριν μήνα
It would be quite cool if they make a GT series based electric car, kinda like the next generation of this car :D
Marko Polo
Marko Polo Πριν μήνα
I would have two SLS Black series over an E-SLS any day!
victor555117 Πριν μήνα
Marko Polo I would have one of each
Shadowboost Πριν μήνα
I didn't even know they sold some of these...
Muhammad Kharismawan
Muhammad Kharismawan Πριν μήνα
I await the time for an SLS electric to be the sister car of the SLS Black Series in Shmee's garage.
Muhammad Kharismawan
Muhammad Kharismawan Πριν μήνα
of course first saw this on Top Gear
elysiums abattoir
elysiums abattoir Πριν μήνα
Space Bean
Space Bean Πριν μήνα
The raindrops on the side window when you floor it 12:45
Aneq Irfan
Aneq Irfan Πριν μήνα
shmee is so polite
Luke Slater
Luke Slater Πριν μήνα
U could still get one Shmee since you’re SUCH A BALLER🤑👌🏻.
Kinson Lau
Kinson Lau Πριν μήνα
the answer is no, the end
nicholas fraser
nicholas fraser Πριν μήνα
The SLS E has a nicer steering wheel ;)
dolan pls
dolan pls Πριν μήνα
one of ten first electric buy buy buy store store store
Sgt Jay
Sgt Jay Πριν μήνα
I wanna see a race against that and the Porsche Tycan! The specs between the two as well, gonna look those up online! Range Anxiety is absolutely the first topic for electric cars IMO. That’s a bad ass car though!
Cornflakes Packet
Cornflakes Packet Πριν μήνα
At this rate he'll be doing sexual favours for the Mercedes board to get that hypercar allocation.
bamboo zooka
bamboo zooka Πριν μήνα
and change the channel name to shmerc150 with a shmercseum
justin jay
justin jay Πριν μήνα
why use carbon fiber for a battery vehicle makes no sense?
justin jay
justin jay Πριν μήνα
@Mich C please enlighten me??
Mich C
Mich C Πριν μήνα
@justin jay sorry but you clearly have no clue what you're talking about...
justin jay
justin jay Πριν μήνα
@Mich C its like filling your pants with lead and then using silk undies to save weight..pointless ..just make the whole car from pig iron
Mich C
Mich C Πριν μήνα
How does it make no sense? 🤔
Hasan Genc
Hasan Genc Πριν μήνα
Lol, no. Why buy an electric car if there is the same one with one of the best V8s ever made. Maybe as a collectors item.
Michael Metz
Michael Metz Πριν μήνα
I wish they made this for the masses... it just seems like such a niche car for a certain amount of people that never saw the light of day
Wendy Black
Wendy Black Πριν μήνα
This beautiful piece of art is totally me, Silent but violent
MkW Πριν μήνα
There are only 9 of this cars worldwide, I saw one on Monday and you uploaded this video, crazy! The one I saw is for sale at „VDM Cars“ here in Germany for only 1.040.000€! ;D Today i went to VDM Cars and all their Cars were gone. Idk what happened to them in only 4 days... but the sls AMG E-CELL is still on their website. Maybe they just move, are renovating or they are bankrupt! You could get a deal if that is the case! :D
nikitiz 80
nikitiz 80 Πριν μήνα
Electric SLS like Coca-cola zero...
Hasan Genc
Hasan Genc Πριν μήνα
Well said. Totally obsolete when there is a petrol SLS.
Champion4life92 _
Champion4life92 _ Πριν μήνα
The GRpost update for the TVs video quality has gone down for 1080P is not the standard anymore it’s 4K
Rohan Dhotre
Rohan Dhotre Πριν μήνα
Happy Shmirthday! You said that your Shmirhtday was 17/09 I think.
Matt Πριν μήνα
I really like that the styling of the car is just like the standard SLS. Sometimes the styling of electric cars, like the Taycan, is a little odd especially the front in my opinion.
defaultuser0 Πριν μήνα
if u care about money: yes elctrical cars is perfect for 0-100 kmh, worse in 150+kmh.
ThePoisonDwarf1 Πριν μήνα
I think in all honesty it was to far ahead of its time if it was released 3-4 years later it would have sold in good numbers.
Hasan Genc
Hasan Genc Πριν μήνα
@ThePoisonDwarf1 thats true
ThePoisonDwarf1 Πριν μήνα
@Hasan Genc oh we all know that but it doesn't stop people buying something because its trendy and everyone else is doing it
Hasan Genc
Hasan Genc Πριν μήνα
@ThePoisonDwarf1 nah, destroys one of the best parts of the SLS, the engine and everything that comes with it.
ThePoisonDwarf1 Πριν μήνα
@Hasan Genc an all electric version would still have sold well 2015 onwards as it would have ridden the wave of popularity along with teslas
Hasan Genc
Hasan Genc Πριν μήνα
Only if there wouldn't be the petrol SLS.
Bill ODonnell
Bill ODonnell Πριν μήνα
I had forgotten that existed!
Joshie Woshie YT Gaming
Joshie Woshie YT Gaming Πριν μήνα
Your next blackseries car should be the c63 s after the gt blackseries
Vishnu SupremeX
Vishnu SupremeX Πριν μήνα
Happy birthday SHMEE!!👊🏼🥳🥳
Joshie Woshie YT Gaming
Joshie Woshie YT Gaming Πριν μήνα
I dont like the grill on the SLS electric they should of kept it black and it doesn't sound as good as your SLS but bet its ver quick
Rui Malta
Rui Malta Πριν μήνα
Tech Altitude
Tech Altitude Πριν μήνα
Nice review#techaltitude
It's Me !!!
It's Me !!! Πριν μήνα
When shmee told he would open the bonnet , my 1st thought was "there will be storage space like all the other electric cars".lol 😁😉😊
Team Shmo
Team Shmo Πριν μήνα
It is super cool and probably gonna be worth millions in the future. However, I can see why people didn't buy them back then considering it is a massive risk if anything goes wrong and a pain to charge. Only the super rich for collections did it make sense
M. Jackson
M. Jackson Πριν μήνα
It is lovely.
kriss4200 Πριν μήνα
I think that car will at least double in value again in the next 10 years.
James Aldridge
James Aldridge Πριν μήνα
If one come’s up for sale why not go for it. It looks cool 😎 and it accelerates like a rat up a drain pipe
Vveerrgg Eeee
Vveerrgg Eeee Πριν μήνα
That car is my dtream car. EV drivetrains are like magic. Power & silience.
M Feraz Amjad
M Feraz Amjad Πριν μήνα
The headlights mist up!!! My merc c180 doesn’t do that lol
Podkriznik Πριν μήνα
It's a very cool and futuristic for the time, but nothing beats a 6.2L V8, even if this was the same price as your Black Series, I wouldn't get it (maybe as a collector's piece, but not before the BS)
Hasan Genc
Hasan Genc Πριν μήνα
Wouldn't even prefer it over a base SLS.
SBBSBBZ Πριν μήνα
In the next episode: 'Hi guys i'm Shmee, thhhhis is how i've bought Mechatronik'
Shane4Bass Πριν μήνα
Your SLS Black looks better!
Filipe Santiago
Filipe Santiago Πριν μήνα
Yeah, still a C-Class steering wheel... 🤦‍♂️
SC&DC Sports cars and diecast Channel
SC&DC Sports cars and diecast Channel Πριν μήνα
You don't need that Tim ;)
Alipen Πριν μήνα
You said it perfectly, the car was ahead of its time and at the time electric cars were turned a cold shoulder and not appreciated like they are today
Harsh Verma
Harsh Verma Πριν μήνα
Hi guys I'm shmee..
Dark Project
Dark Project Πριν μήνα
I love how detailed the description each video is
Dark Project
Dark Project Πριν μήνα
Wait it's you birthday? Happy birthday Shmee!!! :D
Brendan Fleming
Brendan Fleming Πριν μήνα
Should you have bought one? Hmmm, 9 exist, there's one currently for sale at €1.044m ($1.236m / £952k). Not sure what you paid for your Black Series, but probably half of that (if not less). I think that's your answer.
ארז יואל גרסון
ארז יואל גרסון Πριν μήνα
Hi shmee how about a road test of the audi R8 e tron ?
enricogolfen Πριν μήνα
I am very late to be commenting but you guys made a spelling mistake (i think) ca"r. Also happy birthday shmee
Kevin Belshaw
Kevin Belshaw Πριν μήνα
That is a class car!! Wow! I like your SLS ... But this is just perfect apart from the range. However battery will evolve as time progresses. I would like to see your impressions of a Porsche Taycan turbo s.... Or the Rimac Concept One. Electric is the future. I would like to see you make a few more videos in the Electric (sustainable) car world. Top class material as always. Big fan Kevin 👍🏻
BBseVen Πριν μήνα
yes always EV
JuergenGDB Πριν μήνα
Electric cars... blah.. no soul.
Hasan Genc
Hasan Genc Πριν μήνα
True. As a collector item maybe tho.
Adam Πριν μήνα
Just buy every AMG in the market. Your channel is becoming too obvious
TheGreener121 Πριν μήνα
I dont give a sh** how much more HP or torque the E-SLS has... id take the V8, even if it had 150hp.
Hasan Genc
Hasan Genc Πριν μήνα
Victor Achard
Victor Achard Πριν μήνα
NOOO, please no, no green washing
ΛΝDΗΣΣ Πριν μήνα
1:18 i challenge you to take the rain on the desert ^_^
Jonathan Weise
Jonathan Weise Πριν μήνα
ive seen that mechatronik has a sms amg gt3 as well. you know what to do
G G Πριν μήνα
The drive range is not that great. so if you're looking for a collector, ok. if you're looking for a car to drive, I would say no. tmho
Sathana Saetiao
Sathana Saetiao Πριν μήνα
Open bonnet >> Found another bonnet.
Gerald Miller
Gerald Miller Πριν μήνα
Hell, no.
Den d
Den d Πριν μήνα
Noooo electric is garbage
Sami Seifeddine
Sami Seifeddine Πριν μήνα
Shicomm Πριν μήνα
It's a shame that there are not more videos on the e-cell like this ( just press drives and stuff.. ) . The price allready was an issue and being so rare it's not that strange that a perfect one would fetch an easy 850.000 euro ( maybe even more.. ) There is one over here in the Netherlands in a private collection. The range is a real issue indeed but considering the pack size, capacity and the overall wait of the car it's not that strange. A forgotten issue on the e-cell is the charging speed ; the 'trickle' charge on 110/220 volts is always going to be slow but the car never really had a quickcharge function. A missed opportunity imho. Having the option to charge a beast like this in less then an hour to 80% would make it close to perfect..
rudraksh wankar
rudraksh wankar Πριν μήνα
hey shmee I have an idea for your clio wreck that's actually to use the the metal somewhere in future shmeemobile
Usualsuspect !
Usualsuspect ! Πριν μήνα
Finally an electric car that looks good
inSAYn Πριν μήνα
Well it’s still a blender like all EVs
Attila Szolnoki
Attila Szolnoki Πριν μήνα
I forgot this car. Never seen a youtuber driving it before, cool content!
BadBoyMorales Πριν μήνα
I actually saw an all electric sls in the LA auto show years ago. It had a neon green paint job. It was amazing
Nootnoot Asis
Nootnoot Asis Πριν μήνα
Happy birthday Tim. 🍻
Matti Peltola
Matti Peltola Πριν μήνα
Awesome seeing the genuine excitement resulting from AMG’s great engineering work with the electric drive line. The technology offers so many new possibilities! Sure, driving a longer road trip with a battery electric vehicle may still need some extra planning. However, with modern and future electric vehicles rapid/super charging combined with automated charge-stop planning makes long-distance travelling easy.
Harsh Jani
Harsh Jani Πριν μήνα
Happy birthday Shmeeeeee 🎉
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