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

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Carbon Brakes Feel Just Fine

February 13, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

Carbon ceramic brake rotors might seem like a great idea on an ultra-high performance car like the SLS. They look cool, resist fade and are lighter than cast iron rotors.

Problem is, they often feel terrible on the street. Can't blame them, really, as they're really designed for high speed driving, not going to the grocery store.

The rotors on our SLS don't suffer from any such problems. Brake feel at slow speeds is suitably precise whether it's first thing in the morning or the end of a long drive. It doesn't take any extra effort to bring the car to a smooth stop and they don't feel the least bit grabby.

And of course, should you need serious stopping power, they haul the nearly 3,600 pound roadster down like it weighs half as much. It's a nice feeling when you have 563 horsepower on tap.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 16,084 miles

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