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

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Top Down in Montana

March 20, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

We awoke the morning of day 3 to a blue sky, a warm sun and a thermometer reading 25 degrees Fahrenheit. We were in Rapid City, South Dakota, just a Black Hill or two from Mount Rushmore, and we were feeling brave. The top of our long-term Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster went down.

And it stayed down for nearly 400 miles as we blazed a trail from Rapid City to Billings, Montana. When we arrived at Billings and unloaded into the busiest Olive Garden on the face of the earth, we weren't frozen, we were sunburnt.

Impossible? I would have thought so too. But with the side windows up and the wind blocker in place and the heater cranking and the seat heaters on and the Mercedes Airscarf System huffing and puffing on the back of our necks we were downright toasty.

And it was on this stretch, just inside Montana, under the biggest blue sky anyone has ever seen with the SLS carving its way through Old Man Winter at speeds I would never admit to, that the greatness of this machine became absurdly clear.

I turned to John and yelled over the roar of the winter tires, and the hum of the Mercedes V8, and the howling of the wind, "Man, this is one of the best cars in the world."

Without even looking up from his iPad he responded with a poetic, "Duh."

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

If you missed it, you can read about our road trip to South Dakota here and check out at huge photo gallery of our adventure here.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief

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