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

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Winter Tires

February 12, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

I'm aching to road trip this car. And I will. But driving it around the warmth of the southwest just doesn't feel adventurous enough. I'm aching to take this drop-top supercar out of its element. Out of its natural environment. Out of sunny southern California.

Our 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster needs some snow.

The plan is to drive north. Very north. South Dakota north. Mount Rushmore north. In February.

But the SLS's ultra-sticky Continental summer tires will need to be replaced if we're going to make it there and back alive. So I ordered some winter tires for the Benz from www.tirerack.com.

A quick search and a few clicks and we ordered a set of Pirelli's Winter Sottozero Serie II in the SLS's stock size: 265/35ZR19 front and 295/30ZR20 rear. We'll get them mounted a few days before we hit the road and we promise to keep you posted along the way.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief

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By sharpend
on 02/12/13
3:29 PM PST

What exactly is the point of driving a car out of its element? It's like driving a minivan during a track day. Sure you can do it but WHY? Essentially no SLS AMG roadster owners would spend close to 2 grand just do drive around in the snow. They are smarter than that, they would simply drive a car better suited for those driving conditions. Then again, any company that would SHUT DOWN an award-winning website like Inside Line and replace it with this piss-poor 'improvement' doesn't make many good decisions.

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