2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster Long-Term Road Test

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Keeps You Likable

May 24, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

People hate you when you drive a Ferrari.

There's something about the car that causes them to look at you with only the bitter bile of resentment. It isn't that you have the car. They aren't jealous of the machine. It's you, or more specifically, what the machine says about you, that they are reacting to.

They just assume you're a jerk. The kind of person that would take their thirsty child's last drop of water. A corporate raider without a single pang of conscience that has stepped on too many regular people to earn too many millions to buy too many Italian jerkmobiles. They hate you and most would spit on your car if you were to leave it unattended.

Same thing goes for Lamborghinis and just about any other vulgar exotic that costs more than most people's homes.

The Mercedes SLS Roadster is different, however. Although it costs nearly as much as a 458 Italia or a Gallardo, when you drive the SLS people don't hate you, they like you. In fact, they find the Benz very approachable. They walk over and talk to you about it. They give you the thumbs up from their trucks and Camrys. When you catch them checking it out they give you a smile as opposed to a sneer.

I'm not really sure why this is. And the Mercedes isn't the only "exotic" that has managed to pull this off. I remember driving around in a Ford GT and experiencing something very similar. Also the Audi R8 and the Porsche 911 Turbo seem to keep the haters from hatin'.

I think this is a huge selling point for the Mercedes. Who likes to be hated?

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief

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