Silent SLS gives us the creeps

Going by reactions to the M5/M6 and new Clio 200 it’d seem we’re pretty much agreed that fake engine noise isn’t what we want. But what about no noise at all? That’s the spooky electric reality played out in this video of the SLS AMG Electric Drive lapping Ascari Race Resort in – sshhh – absolute silence.


Sure, it’d help track day organisers battling troublesome NIMBYs. Like the ones that moaned when the ‘proper’ SLS launched at Laguna Seca and was apparently tripping the drive-by at over 100 decibels! You’d have thought those living nearby would be used to this kind of thing but apparently it ruffled a few feathers.

And that’s partly the problem. Any other car could pull off this trick of high-speed silent lapping and we’d probably be quietly (natch) impressed. But the fact it’s being done by a car whose petrol-powered equivalent is one of the finest sounding cars ever built only makes an electric future seem even more depressing.

Phew, that's more like it...
Phew, that's more like it...
Ho hum. We know it’s coming. And, as seen at Paris, you’ll even be able to buy an electric SLS of your own soon. But, really, why would you want to when there are few more glorious ways of burning the earth’s remaining fossil-based resources?

And just to underline that AMG has also announced a 45th anniversary special edition SLS GT3. With a V8. And side exhausts.

OK, it’ll cost you nearly half a million euros and they’re only making five. Oh, and it’s not road legal either. But it does come with a suitably menacing matt grey paintjob, a bit of 45th anniversary chintz and a handover ceremony with none other than DTM/AMG hero Bernd Schneider. Who’s also helping fit the engines to the five special cars. Best hope he’s as good with the spanners as he is with the driving, eh?

Teasingly this was also photographed at Ascari. Can we have a video of that too please?

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  • PascalBuyens 10 Oct 2012

    An AMG without sound... not right !!!

  • kambites 10 Oct 2012

    Seems like a great thing to me, as long as they also continue to make the V8s.

    One day the choice may be between something like this and a Nissan Leaf; and then we'll be glad that someone was putting money into high performance electric car research now.

  • r7ehw 10 Oct 2012

    I love the paint job on the electric car!

    Not sure thats what its all about though is it.

  • chrisironside 10 Oct 2012

    Not keen on the grill, but the paintjob is quite sexy!

    Side exhaust for me though.

  • Watchman 10 Oct 2012

    I'd have an electric car if they were more practical (range, fill-up time, performance, price). I can see one of those and a V8 in my "stable" to suit different occasions.

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