Shut Up, Kurt - 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: Shut Up, Kurt

May 20, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

The SLS is available. No. Yes. It seems a shame to just drive it home. Is it safe in my garage? But it's red. And it's a convertible. I don't really like convertibles. It's a little gaudy, too. This really isn't my kind of car.

Shut up, Kurt.

There are cars in this world that you should drive. You have to. Cars like an E-Type or a 289 Cobra. Air-cooled 911's or one of the first few generations of M3s. Drive a Z06 and an NSX and do your damnedest to get into anything that resembles a supercar.

For me, as it should be for you, the Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster is one of those cars. I can talk myself out of almost anything, but when the chance to drive one of the best motors in the world came my way, I took it. The noise alone is phenomenal and very nearly worth the price of admission all on its own. As for the rest of the car, it feels exactly like you'd imagine a car coast nearly $200K should feel: good.

It might not be my type of car, as it might not be yours, but never let that stop you. If you get the chance to drive one, or anything cool, take it. You didn't get into cars to turn down the opportunity to drive them, did you?

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 23,602 miles


  • zcalvert zcalvert Posts:

    It's not even near the top of the list of what I'd spent my hypothetical $ on in that price range... but damn straight I'd want to drive one around if given the chance.

  • darthbimmer darthbimmer Posts:

    Several years ago I turned down the opportunity to take a coworker's Viper for a spin around town. It was so difficult just wedging myself into the passenger seat for the trip outbound that I had no interest in driving home.

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