May 17, 2013
It was a beautiful weekend for a convertible and as luck would have it, I had the key to our 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster. Here you'll see it receiving a well-earned bath for its unfailing service.
Click through for a few impressions and photos from lovely Big Sur.
May 2, 2013
We've been testing this Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster since December. And we've now driven it about 8,000 miles. During the month of April we drove the supercar about 1,700 miles. The mileage included a few highway road trips, plenty of commuting and more than a few fun runs through the Santa Monica Mountains.
April 2, 2013
Our monster Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster added 1,062 miles to its odometer in the month of March. It drank six tankfuls of 91-octane fuel and averaged 15.7 mpg.
March 4, 2013
During February, we finally put some real road under the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster's tires, 3,760 miles worth. Most of that came from EIC Oldham's snowy rip to South Dakota (roughly 3,200 miles), and in the past four weeks, the big Benz averaged 16.2 mpg, up almost 3 mpg from its January average. No doubt, a steady diet of Great Plains highways helped nudge that number upwards.
With its mix of road trip and local domestic duties, the SLS returned both its best and worst fills this month, as well as its best range. The roadster's on-board fuel economy meter also proved remarkably accurate. Four times, it was either dead-on or within a few tenths of our calculations.
February 4, 2013
This was our first full month in the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster. We are getting more comfortable with it, but to be honest, you never get really comfortable driving a nearly $250,000 car.
That's the tradeoff that comes with a car that is otherwise the highlight of most people's day. Whether it's people seeing it drive by on the street, or passengers who bug us for a ride, the SLS is everything a supercar is supposed to be.
That, of course, includes its mileage figures, which are predictably poor. This is a big car, but it's not that big. We've had Suburbans that turned in better than 13.4 miles per gallon. It's still early, though, so as the miles pile up the SLS may bump its overall average up considerably. Not that it matters.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 16,010 miles
Worst Fill MPG: 11.2
Best Fill MPG: 17.5
Average Lifetime MPG: 13.4
EPA MPG Rating (City/Highway Combined): 16
Best Range: 314.4 miles
Current Odometer: 16,010 miles