Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG electric car will smoke a Tesla Model S in a speed contest, or even a gas-powered AMG weighing 1,000-pounds less, but then it ought to for $550,000 and up.

At any rate, the folks at Top Gear who once staged a Tesla Roadster-runs-out-of-juice fake episode took a shining to the German EV.

This one is a fun plaything for the wealthy, and not likely to reduce the world’s CO2 and petroleum dependence, but that’s not the point.

Basically, it shows what can be done with electric drive, and even at this stage, the potential is there – enough even to evoke praise from the unrepentant petrol heads at Top Gear.

The video says it all. Enjoy.