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


2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Running up the Coast Highway in the SLS

May 17, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

It was a beautiful weekend for a convertible and as luck would have it, I had the key to our 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster. Here you'll see it receiving a well-earned bath for its unfailing service.

Click through for a few impressions and photos from lovely Big Sur.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

Maybe my behind needs to be recalibrated, but I'm fairly well convinced that the rear suspension has become softer. Even if I select the middle of the three suspension settings, it sometimes feels like I'm driving a 1965 Mustang with a droopy bum. I'll have to get a second opinion on this because it's been a while since I drove this car.

The SLS is still an effective tool to take advantage of the infrequent passing zones on Highway 1. The road is also highly patrolled, for good reason. So when it's time to blast past an RV who just happened to miss yet another turn-out, there's no better way to get the job done in a hurry and safely.

In some sort of miraculous happenstance, my manual tally of miles, gallons, and thus miles-per-gallon matched exactly that of the on-board trip computer. This has never happened, ever: 754.1 miles consumed 40.909 gallons of 91 octane for an average of 18.434 mpg.

Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor @ 24,340 miles

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