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

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: To Mount Rushmore and Back

February 20, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

I've decided to drive our 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster from our Santa Monica, California office to Mount Rushmore in southwest South Dakota. And back of course.

I've been telling people I'm not sure why, but that's a lie. The truth is I just want to drive this 563-hp $243,000 convertible to the last place anyone would expect to see it. I think it's going to be fun.

Obviously, the SLS's ultra-sticky Continental summer tires aren't meant for such northern conditions so we replaced them with a set of Pirelli's Winter Sottozero Serie II in the SLS's stock size (265/35ZR19 front and 295/30ZR20 rear), which we got from www.tirerack.com,

We hit the road this morning and figure it'll take us five or six days to complete the trip depending on weather, route and road conditions. Follow along on Twitter at @RealScottOldham, and tune in here next week for the full report.

Wish us luck. And if you see us out in the wild, please say hello.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief


Comments

  • 330i_zhp 330i_zhp Posts:

    "The truth is I just want to drive this 563-hp $243,000 convertible to the last place anyone would expect to see it." You got that right! I bet 90% of people that actually notice the car will think it's 'just a Benz' and think it's a $65k car and go on with their day. Such a shame. At least you'll get to rip through some sweet twisties without the tourist-minivan-traffic. If you get a spare 5 hours, head east to Sioux Falls. That'll probably be the only time I get to see one.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    By my count, this is the third post telling us that he wants to drive this car to Mount Rushmore, that they got snows for it from Tire Rack, that the car is not especially suited for this trip, that they'll keep us all posted and for us to check back with him often for updates. I mean, he says the same exact thing in every post.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    ^It has indeed been drawn out, He's probably just really excited.

  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    So where is the update? Multiple posts since htis one, including removal of the snows and nothing on the trip.

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