Rich Guys Like It - 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster Long-Term Road Test

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

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Rich Guys Like It

May 9, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

When our list of cars made its way to me for the weekend and the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster was still available, I was ecstatic. For a spring trip to Palm Springs I couldn't think of a better car. I expected to get plenty of attention in the flashy convertible, that's normal. But in affluent areas like Santa Monica and Palm Springs, I got a very specific kind of attention.

On my way out of Los Angeles, I came alongside a bright orange Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder on I-10. He looked over and admired the red hand-build-supercar sitting next to his orange hand-built-supercar in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Then, while the irony of our cars moving a snail's pace during rush hour was setting in, he gave me an approving nod.

In Palm Springs I pulled up next to a Ferrari F430 Spider. The retirement-age owner and his lovely young female passenger (probably his daughter right?) looked over, admired the SLS, half-smiled and gave the same nod.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

Back in Los Angeles and driving through Santa Monica, a Ferrari 458 Roadster turned in front of me as I waited at a light. He slowed down and delivered the same nod, as if to say "I approve of the way you've spent your quarter-million dollars good sir! Also, do you have any Gray Poupon?"

I don't receive this kind of attention in my modified 1996 Acura, but I could definitely get used to it.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 22,600 miles


  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    If you like attention, what you really need is an older, modified jeep. I know you've got a newer one but an older model with nothing less than 37 inch tires will work much better. This way you get the jeep wave about twelve times a day, as well as the "eco-fist" of Prius drivers that disapprove. As an added bonus, people (just guys actually) come talk to you at every gas station, which you'll visit a lot considering the mpg. You're welcome.

  • oh no! They thought you were loaded and gave you the "Hey, you are rich like me" nod. That shouldn't be given to mere mortals.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    You could also ride a motorcycle and get the same thing, or even better, a wave.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    I like it when I come across another Miata and get the "I understand you can be a straight male and still appreciate the greatness that is the Miata" headlight flash.

  • darthbimmer darthbimmer Posts:

    Notice a common thread through the story and the comments: GUYS react to the car you're driving. It's much less common that women do. Lots of guys out there believe that driving a certain car will help them "get the chicks". They're probably putting their resources in the wrong place. I saw this all the time when I drove my M3 convertible topless. Guys shouted out to me or gave me thumbs-up in parking lots and at stop lights while women never looked twice. On the other hand, when my WIFE drove that car on a hot day (hot meaning she's in a sports bra and the car is topless) she couldn't go more than 2 or 3 stoplights without someone asking her out.

  • wdrauch wdrauch Posts:

    maybe, women don't react to other people's cars because they're too distracted talking on their cell phones! LOL

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    @darthbimmer. Does your wife have a cute, single sister? ;) All I've got with my XKR as I was getting into it one day was a girl that stopped and said, "Oh, that's yours" in a slightly disappointed tone. I guess she was hoping for somebody young

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