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


2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: Tire Wear

May 27, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Supercars aren't cheap. Owning and maintaining one isn't cheap, either. As a 99-percenter, I suppose it's easy to speculate that if you have a quarter-million to drop on a plaything, you can afford everything that comes with it.

Just as our SLS AMG term comes to an end (sniff, sniff), we had to take it in for repairs for the convertible top again. The service writer gave our car the usual once over and pointed out the tire wear.

The inside shoulder of the front tires are exhibiting the highest amount of wear. Aggressive negative camber will do that. But I'm glad for the front tuning, as I still feel like this car wants to kill me, and with less front cornering grip, it very well might. Honestly though, it's one of the reasons why I love it so much.

The rear tires aren't faring much better, but at least the wear is more even across the tread.

A quick look on tirerack.com revealed that a set of four Continental replacement tires would set us back $1,462 (not including rebates or shipping). That's not cheap, but I was expecting more. A set of Michelins would be $1,000 less or so.

Even though I don't have anywhere near the kind of funds it takes to own one of these cars, $1,400 seems reasonable for a set of tires. This is especially true when you consider the amount of entertainment that comes with it.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 24,647 miles

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By cotak
on 05/27/13
12:39 PM PST

Staggered tires and normal chamber would do that. Nothing an alignment would do to fix. Btw, this is exactly why trickle down don't work as tax policy. You can cut the taxes for the rich all you want but what they spend on isn't as much as one would hope. I mean how does trickle down works for the average worker toiling at a service job? How many more regular restaurant meals would the rich eat if you cut their taxes? Next to none I'd imagine. They'd spend it on the ultra exclusive restaurants over the local family place. And would they spend more at regular stores? Nope they'd spend more at the luxury brands. And cars? Yep they'd buy expensive rides. But do the people who put those together work in America? Likely no. And even if they do would they get paid more to make the rich man's car? Likely no as well.

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