• Jul 15, 2009
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You know the stats. You've seen the leaks. Now, it's time for some video. The crew at MotorTrend were invited to the preview drive of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG in Germany, and the buff book's Editor-At-Large, Arthur St. Antoine, enjoyed some passenger seat time with Bernd Schneider as the five-time DTM champion put Mercedes' new gullwing supercoupe through its paces. Make the jump to check out the full 13-mile hot-lap around the Nordschleife. Top tip Dan!



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      • 5 Years Ago
      So a Cobalt SS is quicker? What was its ET
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anybody also consider that in addition to the lap not being all out, that there is also another passenger in the car which adds weight?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can assure you... this car can be driven harder ( I am sure Mr. Schneider dialed it back a bit for the taxi). Three weeks ago, I had the opportunity to ride shotgun in the SLS as a test driver tried out a new suspension setup. Lane changes were insanely stable at 175 mph. ESP was off the entire time. This thing is a menace on the track and at speed. Unbelievable grip and stable even when the back end breaks free.

      My only complaint is that the seats are too wide and there is not center grab bar for the passenger :).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Something about this car makes me feel like it's a step back from the SLR. The interior design for one, does not seem particularly upscale.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Me too. I also wanted it to sound evil like the SLR, but no, pretty standard sound.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. It looks like an uninspired, half-a**ed attempt at a 1954-1957 300 SL remake by someone that always wanted to make their own, but didn't quite know how to capture the flavor, or was just too scared to pen something exciting enough to do so successfully.

        I will never own one, and will probably never have the means to own one. But I can sincerely say that I am NOT shedding a tear for it, lol.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're right, sparrk. The SLR's interior was pretty crappy too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        you mean the SLR's plastic center console looks better than this car's interior ? not to mention the SLR's flawed brakes and suspension. there is a reason the SLR was a sales flop.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Okay, is it me, or does it seem like everyone is trying to get their vehicle on to the 'Ring? What's next? How about a Tata Nano?

      And not only that, but everyone is also trying to better the last person's time. Maybe the Nano can do better than the CTS-V or the ZR1 or the GTR!

      It's all starting to be a little too much. We all know that there will always be a better car, a faster car, a stronger car, a car that handles better, a car with better tires, a better driver, etc. etc. Can we just move on now please?!
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is how races started: people pitching their cars against each other for fun, glory and profit, remember? So, it's more like why wouldn't they... after all, that's what races are all about, not sense.
        If you don't like it, what are you doing here, anyway - reading this post, to start with?

        Btw, I'm not elitist, if a nano (or any other) went there (or anywhere else), that would only prove them to be confident enough in their products to do so.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't have problems with races and I love cars. However, this is different.

        This is different cars, with different drivers, on different days, in different weather conditions, at different time of days...How can you possibly compare the times, and thus the cars, with so many variables?

        So if you want a race, bring two or more cars together on the same day, at the same time, and race them around or if you want to compare two cars, get one person experienced with the 'Ring into one car, then right after into another. Do you see how you eliminate a few of the variables that way?

        Then we can talk times! Then we can compare cars!
        • 5 Years Ago
        What's wrong with this kind of competition? I'll admit that it becomes annoying to hear all the accusations of cheating -- whether in the form of non-stock tires or engine tuning, speeding up videos and overlaying timers, or whatever -- but it's still fascinating to watch.
        • 5 Years Ago
        everyone has their vehicles on the Ring since it exists , Americans only found out about it when Nissan started the lap times war.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @nagmashot - "the biggest amount of BS ever claimed at Autoblock the SLS has a transaxle setup and has a perfect weight balance. He was driving around in a near production setup testmule with a car journalist on the codriver seat doing a taxi lap around the ring not a try hard maniac time attack run. All car journalist that have driven the testmule agree that the balnce of the SLS is race car perfect and the amount of grip is phenomenal...."

      Your Mercedes fanboy attitude aside, watch his hands as he drives. I race in GT-2 and I know what I'm talking about. The better the car balance and the driver, the less the driver's hands move. That's true even more when the driver isn't pushing the car. Now I suppose it's possible that Schneider wasn't really paying attention because he wasn't pushing, but I doubt that's the case.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If anything it sound good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      All that and car journalists are know since long to sweeten their reports - those paid trips to fancy locations to drive highly desirable cars have a lot of convincing power...
      • 5 Years Ago
      we've seen the interior but we don't fully know what it looks like. very peculiar.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not a chance.

      Cobalt: 8:22
      SLS demo run: 8:00
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is that the "STIG" in the passenger seat?!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      honestly, this must be a GTR fanclub or something, the guy is doing a test run in a car that is going to kick some ass. He's eight minutes without making a tire squeal!

      I guess you'll eat your apathetic words later.

      As for the ring being old...don't watch, as someone who loves performance cars I think its a far more meaningful measure of performance than any other stat out there.
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