First Drive 2012 MercedesBenz SLS AMG Roadster

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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster


First Drive: 2012 SLS AMG Roadster

The evening before public relations department us from Frankfurt, Germany where we’d seen the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG roadster make its debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Show — to the South of to drive the car, they us to dinner. Our Mercedes Viano van made its way from the glass of the financial district to the village of northwest of the city, where it its way along tree-lined roads a large park before up in front of a spectacularly grand old As we alighted from the Viano, we the setting, Villa Rothschild and remembered when and why we’d there before. It was July and it was to drive the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

The SLR McLaren roadster, as you might cost a half-million dollars, more than the SLR McLaren that it followed. Although it was a tour de force, all carbon monocoque and front crash aluminum subframes, and even a air brake, it was hobbled by overwrought and a general lack of dynamic especially at very high It did not sell particularly well, and the operating agreement between and McLaren also lacked resulting in a distinctly unhappy The two parties eventually agreed to and McLaren went on to develop its own the MP4-12C (which was not its first of course; that honor to the legendary F1). Mercedes, for its turned its attention to re-creating its gullwing sports car. The SLS AMG has been warmly received by the editors of Automobile Magazine and by the of people who are inclined to spend on a gullwing coupe.

Now, Mercedes has an SLS roadster, sacrifices the drama and, honestly, the hassles of gullwing for a retractable soft top and exterior that are, to our eyes, pleasing than those of the More important, the SLS AMG roadster about $200,000, or some 60 less than the SLR McLaren that was not nearly as good a Now, that’s what we progress: for the price of an SLR McLaren you could buy two SLS AMG roadsters plus an AMG! As for Villa Rothschild It was just as splendid as ever, and more expensive. The dinner was as as you would expect in an establishment Rothschild in its name, and it was all the more with the knowledge that the day, we’d be driving the SLS AMG down on the Cote d’Azur. we know, life is difficult for us journalists.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

The lineup of SLS AMG roadsters on the shorefront of Cap adjacent to Monaco, was breathtaking. We choose among SLS AMGs in Le Mans red, cool white, brooding obsidian and traditional Imola gray. We a white car with red interior and a red car over cream and black but we also spent a lot of time over the cars slathered in brown paint, a new hue for AMG, basically looked good to eat.

The SLS makes convertible life The fully automatic fabric lowers in only 11 seconds and impinge on the available trunk (6.1 cu ft), and you can operate it up to 31 Forward visibility is pretty and the A-pillars don’t encroach the cabin the way they did in the SLR McLaren Looking out over the long you see the two sets of black mesh air just below the windshield, but the corners of the car disappear from A rearview camera is, of course, and welcome. Mercedes-Benz’s Airscarf which blows warm air your neck, is optional.

You the red-and-black engine start to fire up the 6.2-liter naturally V-8, an engine we’ve to know and love over the five years. The SLR McLaren had a 5.4-liter SOHC V-8, and its 617 hp and 580 lb-ft of torque, it was a great of a powertrain, yet we’ve never for it when we’ve driven the new SLS AMG or roadster. Ignore the misleading 6.3 on the flanks of the SLS; this displaces 6208 cc and makes 571 hp at rpm and 480 lb-ft of torque at 4750 The 6.2 is all noise, good noise, lots of snap, crackle, and pop on the Gun it and savor the high-pitched shriek. the accelerator pedal an inch or two and for the big exhaust burble and bubble. heard this V-8 concert

of course, in the SLS AMG coupe, but it’s a new experience in the open air, when the Boston Pops from Symphony Hall to in the summer. You find yourself downshifting for more shriek, for more burble, and then the gas for the sheer thrill of the forward

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

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