2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Rich Guys Like It
May 9, 2013
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.
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