Aston Martin DBS Volante Carbon Edition vs MercedesBenz SLS…

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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

Aston Martin DBS Volante Edition vs. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster vs. BMW M6 — Performance Bargain

you’re looking for power and is price important?

You could pretty comfortably with in your checking account, but what you’d need to on these three topless if you wanted to park them in garage.

Interestingly, each is $100k more than the but which represents the purest experience? Which is the best driver? Which of these you live with if you could choose one?

When looking at cars costing it’s hard to imagine would be part of the equation, but you want to buy the wrong car. You want to drive off in one of these you had second best…

Our three-way royale would take between the Aston Martin DBS Carbon Edition, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and BMW M6 Convertible. They could be on many aspects: not least the raw But for us, driving pleasure is the overriding So if you plan a route according to the entertaining roads, rather the shortest distance, you think us.

We could only secure three temptresses for a short so maximizing our time behind the was crucial. What would we do, would we go? We planned some trips, but a drive into the to finalize the eBay Porsche 911 elsewhere in this issue) us with the best opportunity.

Rising at 4am, even crowded freeways would be trafficked, and the desert roads be… well, deserted.

Obviously keep everything within the speed limit, officer, but a of unpopulated roads seemed the to our prayers.

Long stretches of under 70mph can be tedious in that can comfortably double number. Fortunately, each car is with a semi-automatic transmission simply requires fingers to be to bring on the noise.

The seven-speed M Clutch Transmission in the BMW M6 is probably the advanced, with its adjustable points and shift speeds, the SLS AMG isn’t far behind. Technically, the advanced is the Aston’s auto that’s a little more yet still unleashes the 12 hounds of once the V12 hits its sweet So while it won’t top the nerdometer, it the task requested of it.

This is the impression of the DBS. As soon as you beyond the glitz and glamour of its looks, it’s clearly the of a small company in the British A point most vividly by the infotainment.

Yes, the DBS has a big screen on the like the others, but its restricted to navigation duties, and the controls are a clunky. Tune the radio or a call and you’re down to a one-line LCD screen on the radio has you removing your eyes the road for extended periods to what it’s saying. In you end up controlling music and calls the phone, channeling everything the car’s speakers. It works, but it the slick operator that once-loathed iDrive system has

The smooth integration of nav, music, apps and more the M6 is very impressive. Navigation can be heard, seen on the widescreen or on the heads-up display projected the glass in front of you.

are input through the iDrive, wheel or sometimes the console Every discipline has multiple and displays, each repeating steps to give the driver the that suits him best. Yet isn’t an overload, it’s and intuitive. Who thought we’d say about BMW’s interface years ago?

Where BMW has its switchgear and clutter to a minimum, the SLS like Mercedes went to a sale at Radio Shack: are buttons in every crevice, slightly confusing symbols don’t make the functions apparent. Adjusting the seat was a example of this proliferation of surfaces, with two adjustment tucked under the front of the while others were on the Both the BMW and Aston were logical to use than the Merc.

With familiarity, operating the SLS undoubtedly become instinctive, yet it seems you’d spend a lot of with your eyes off the scanning the myriad of buttons to the correct function. The SLS cabin techie but was also slightly

The Noise

The cool, crisp 4am air to be shaped like a megaphone, the exhaust note from of these machines, each very different powerplants.

The BMW has clever turbos: two twin-scroll perched between the reverse-flow heads; the exhaust valves on the inside, feeding the crossflow to reduce lag and increase torque. they inevitably absorb of that sound energy would otherwise let the 560hp V8 resemble an angry Nascar. to 7200rpm, it’s tame by BMW M but when pushed to the limit, the V8 has a snarl. It brings another to the M6’s otherwise laidback that would make you twice about feeding it by if it were a dog.

That in this company, it was the ginger-haired Whether the DBS or SLS sounds the best is to debate. On a 2-1 vote, the Benz out on top for its sheer ferocity and surprising heightened by the silent morning

My vote went to the Aston. The V12 has a character, less mechanical but operatic. It’s higher not as rich as the Merc’s V8 but seemingly exotic. It’s F1 vs stockcar, so your pick.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

The SLS 6.2L V8 to your primitive nature, the V12 is cultured, but both were in the tunnels we passed through.

The characteristics applied to each performance: The BMW was slightly muted the Benz was raw; while the needed you to dig to find it.

It was almost as if you had to to unlock the treasures buried the DBS. I have to admit my experience was terrifying. Having extra insurance for what was the expensive road car I’d ever I signed several forms and for the rush hour freeway. I’m a swordsmith, slicing my path multiple lanes to defeat drivers who pick a lane and in it for the duration.

In the DBS, what appeared like a chess became a deadly obstacle Sudden lane changes, braking, drivers moving to take a look; the freeway was a and the snatchy carbon-ceramic brakes helping. Light pressure for than a second or two would into heavy braking any extra leg effort. Then back on the gas to avoid traffic into the gorgeous rear be similarly staccato as it hesitated, down, then shot off the closely spaced traffic.

It took a while to gather my anticipate the brake pedal and the transmission’s Sport mode so it hold a gear, becoming responsive to the throttle.

The next on an empty stretch of road, I down a couple of cogs and let the V12 sing. It was as if the few cars around me had on the brakes as they dwindled in the mirror.

Once you relaxed, the seemed to wrap its arms you. The transmission, although not a double-clutch, was the only one you could easily – the other two requiring of throttle and brake to overcome the speed.

The suspension settings superb. The Comfort mode everything; it was like riding in a low limousine, but even in Sport it was surprising well damped, good roll control. to its supportive seats, it proved a comfortable grand tourer.

The on the other hand, was significantly Its engine response was more thanks in part to a more transmission and lower weight. It more inclined to follow commands and, where the DBS like a high-maintenance supermodel, the SLS was a bit down ’n dirty.

From the second you fired easily one of the most abrasive, exhaust notes of all time, you want to go fast. Very With 563hp on tap, car feels stupid quick. it for 3.8sec and you’re doing and in another 8.2sec you’ve the quarter-mile and accelerating past seemingly with less than it takes to secure the

Compared to the DBS and M6, the SLS feels slightly refined, a bit rabid dog. you wouldn’t put a small child in the seat.


There’s a “comfort” setting in the Merc but its definition is suggesting skydiving is relaxing. And the Roadster is a bit too stiff, it deserves connection to the black-top, especially at speeds where it can feel a fidgety but gets the job done.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

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