Life-Saving Brakes - 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster Long-Term Road Test
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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster Long-Term Road Test

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Life-Saving Brakes

July 11, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

In high school, I watched a video in Driver Ed class that I'm sure most of you have seen. All the clothes were at least 15 years out of date and I mostly remember making fun of bad acting with my classmates. This weekend while driving our 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster, I remembered a very specific scene from the video.

A ball bounces out into the street, and naturally, a child runs after it without looking. They were probably trying to teach us a lesson that involved staying alert and obeying speed limits in neighborhoods. Apparently, it worked.

I was cruising at about 33 mph in a business zone with a posted speed limit of 35 mph and a basketball bounced out in front of the car. I slammed on the brakes, screeched to a halt, hitting the ball with the nose of the SLS, sending it a few yards down the road. The frightened child chasing after the ball looked up from his pursuit when he heard the screeching tires.

After the initial shock wore off, I moved forward, rolled down the window, and asked the 6-or-7-year-old where his parents were.

"Inside," he responded shyly. I decided to keep my instructions to the pre-youth 'PG' Rated.

"Hey buddy, go ask one of them to watch you while you're playing outside, OK? And look both ways before you cross the street," I said.

I drove off slowly, confident that this would be a very different story without the optional $12,500 AMG Carbon Ceramic Braking system. Worth every penny.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor

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