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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Peanuts

August 7, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

This is, admittedly, folly. First, had I known the box would be that big, I'd have at least chosen the Dart. But the box arrived after I'd signed out the SLS for the evening and even then I thought, "should be OK."

It was, but just. That 18x16x14 box did just slot into the passenger space, seat fully extended. What's in the box? Glad you asked. Inside is a laundry sack worth of packing peanuts protecting two JBL monitor speakers in individual boxes.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: It's Practical

July 5, 2013

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

I've lucked into our long-term 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG roadster several times over the last month, when every other car in our fleet had been signed out. I imagine the other editors passed on driving the two-seater because they needed "more practical" options.

Perhaps the SLS is up for grabs because it's hard to park, or because entry and exit from the seats aren't the most graceful activities. Maybe it's because most of them have families to ferry around or teak lumber to bring home, while I'm sans kids and without any cool construction projects. For me, our 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster is extremely sensible.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: Cargo Limits

April 25, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Judging from the exorbitant price of our long-term SLS AMG roadster and its likely demographic, I was pretty confident that my golf bag would fit. Sure enough, it did, but just barely.

Granted, I don't have a sensibly sized bag for walking a course, no, that's what golf carts are for. I have a fairly large one that is one step below a tour bag (the ones that the pros use to break the backs of their caddies).

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: Quickest Grocery Getter Around

March 29, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Would the typical 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG owner use his or her SLS to go grocery shopping? I'd hope that said owner would have more suitable vehicles available in the garage for such tasks (my humble suggestion: the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6).

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Big Trunk

March 27, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

Mercedes says its SLS AMG Roadster has 6.1 cubic feet of cargo space, which doesn't sound like a lot. But I can tell you it's enough space to hold the belongings of two idiots hell bent on living in the car for five days.

Filling the trunk in the photo is one briefcase complete with laptop, one duffle bag, one backpack, one camera bag, a monopod, two winter coats and a fleece. And with a little muscle the deck lid would close.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: What is This, Part 2?

February 28, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

I popped the trunk on our long-term 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster and found this little spring-loaded cap. Do you know what it is? After flipping the cover open, I thought it might be some sort of data-transmission port, but I was wrong. Click through to find out.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: Trunk Escape Button

February 18, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Most cars, regardless of how expensive or exclusive, use some sort of glow-in-the-dark flimsy plastic handle for the internal trunk release. Not our long-term SLS AMG. Nope. It's got some fancy green button that pulses on and off.

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