Shock therapy: Merc’s electric SLS
TopGear does the morning rounds in the world’s fastest milk-float: the all-electric Mercedes SLS E-cell
Posted: 05 May 2011
There's no escaping the sheer oddness of the driving experience. Strictly speaking, nothing is easier than pushing a pedal to go, then another to stop. Yet the E-cell's sensory parameters are so different, and the mechanisms by which the you interacts with it so alien, that it's all a bit... discombobulating. Tyre rumble predominates, and not only do you feel the suspension working, you can also hear it. I don't like CVTs much, either, and the E-cell's fixed ratio transmission is similarly remote. It feels more ponderous than the regular car, and the steering is initially rather nervous.