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

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Drive It Like a Saint

April 19, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

Our 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster is a bright, red, shouty, quarter-million-dollar convertible supercar that wants me to go fast. It wants me to turn off the traction control, engage the AMG-powered hyper drive, and bury my foot in the go-pedal, lighting up the tires at every stop light.

Thankfully, the SLS scares me as much as it entertains me so I leave all the electric controls on and fight the urge to drive it like I stole it.

On a sunny Friday in Southern California, I drove the SLS to lunch with the convertible top down. In town, at city speeds, with no shelter from Johnny Pedestrian, I end up paying much more attention to the fact that it's a beacon for disgusted glares and judgmental scrutiny.

Unwanted attention comes with the territory and the fear of public distain influences my driving habits, unlike any other car in our fleet. Showing off in this car doesn't require redlining every gear. All you have to do is show up in it.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 21,320 miles

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