2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Turning Radius
May 7, 2013
Our 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is big. It's over fifteen feet long and more than six feet wide. That's six inches longer than an Audi R8 and eight inches longer than our Porsche 911. It's got big wheels too: 19 inches in the front and 20s in the rear. Before I drove it, I was sure that a low-slung exotic like the SLS AMG would be hard to park and completely unable to turn around. But after a few days in the SLS, I've been presently surprised.
The Mercedes SLS is maneuverable at low speeds. Pointing the battle-cruiser-sized nose into parking spots is easy, and it can make a U-turn on average city streets. Its turning circle is about 39 feet, which isn't small, but the R8 and 911 only beat it by about a foot.
If you rotate to full lock of the steering wheel at less than 5 mph, the front wheels shudder a little bit, but U-turns don't seem to be an embarrassing five-point-exercises-in-patience. If you see a parking spot big enough for the SLS, you don't have to circle around the block just to find that its already taken and in a city like Los Angeles, that means a lot.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 22,400 miles