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

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: The Roadster Is the Better Car

April 17, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

So I go to meet a friend for lunch in downtown L.A. He only gets a glimpse of the SLS and I drive by while trying to find a parking space. When I sit down to eat he asks what kind of Mercedes I was driving as he didn't recognize the car at all.

I told him it was called the SLS, and yet it still didn't register. I've got a feeling that if I had been driving a coupe and told him it was the "gullwing" Mercedes he might have had a better idea which car I was talking about.

It reminded me that the SLS is still a bit of an outlier in the Mercedes lineup, one that doesn't register with people unless they are dedicated Mercedes fans. It's one of the reasons I prefer our roadster to the gullwing coupe. It's not only functionally easier to deal with, it flies under the radar in a way that few cars in its price range can.

Some might consider that a drawback, but I get more enjoyment out of the car itself, not the attention that it attracts. And in this area, the SLS never fails to impress. It's easily the most rigid convertible I've ever driven, and the sound of its V8 is pitch-perfect at any speed. It's like an ultra-refined Shelby Cobra with really nice seats. What more could you ask for?

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 21.384 miles

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