2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: Tire Wear
May 27, 2013
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