• Dec 8, 2009

Jay Leno drives the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG - click above to watch the video

Like Jay Leno, many of us Autobloggers are oil-in-the-blood car freaks living in Los Angeles, California. Only thing is, we can't seem to recall Mercedes-Benz dropping off their new gullwinged supercar – the SLS AMG – at our garage. Of course, Leno is an international superstar that knows most presidents on a first name basis and we wear sweatpants most of the time. Oh, and we don't even have a garage, let alone two Miuras and an Espada, among dozens of other pieces of drooly metal.

And sure, we've driven the 2011 SLS AMG. In California, no less. Liked it quite a bit, too. Still, we think you'll get a kick out of the video. Why? Well, it's good to see the SLS in motion, even though from certain angles at least one of us (*ahem*) thinks it resembles a third generation Mazda RX7. We also like how Jay reviews cars, as if he's talking to his buddies during a long lunch. Which is probably pretty close to what's actually happening. We also like how he just keeps hammering and hammering the press car – something we can (*double ahem*) relate to.

Then, of course, while admitting that a dual-clutch transmission can shift faster than any human, he still states that he'd prefer three pedals. Seriously, our kind of guy. And really, if you think about it, Jay Leno is little more than every gearhead's fantasy writ large after hitting the lotto (vis-à-vis, cars at any rate). For instance, he starts this video standing next to his 1955 300 SL Gullwing. Meaning that we're so jealous, we can't stop smiling. Hit the jump to watch Jay at play in the streets of Burbank.



Photos copyright ©2009 Chris Paukert / Weblogs, Inc.
[Source: Jay Leno's Garage]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      @ Kaveh

      YOUR A MORON!!! You have NO FREAKING CLUE what Leno has done in the past. Did you know that he worked at a Bentley/Rolls Royce Dealership as a mechanic when he was growing up, before he moved to LA? I bet you didn't! Did you know that he works on ALL HIS CARS!!!! Bet you didn't!!! And did you know that he drives a different car to work every day? I'm sure you didn't! YOUR A CLOWN and have NO CLUE who Jay Leno is, or what he has accomplised in the world of cars!!! Like others, I can listen to him talk cars for hours on end!

      Kaceh= EPIC FAIL!!!!
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      Too bad The Jay Leno Show wasn't Jay Leno's Garage like I was hoping for.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who cares if Jay Leno Drives it, I wanna see the Jeremy Clarkson drive it. And why in ever picture of Jay Leno not in a suit is he wearing a Denim Shirt and Jeans, doesn't he have money for different clothing?
        • 5 Years Ago
        i prefer to see Jay's opinion rather than Clarkson's. Jay knows more about cars, he actually knows how cars work and he tells the truth. Clarkson is moody like a pregnant woman , he changes his mind everyday, one morning a car is good , the next morning the same car is rubbish.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i don't know who or what "Creed" is and i don't care , but you're clearly just a kid. here is something to read if you're interested in cars :

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Leno

        http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/
        • 5 Years Ago
        Spark, I agree. Clarkson is more entertaining, but that's just it. His reviews are much too based on his daily moods and what will make for entertaining TV.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Clarks has been doing it longer than Leno by the way, and he has owned cars he has used not put in some warehouse.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremy_Clarkson
        • 5 Years Ago
        As a Brit (who lives in TX), I'm partial to Top Gear, but listening to Leno talk is vastly more refreshing, albeit, a little less "entertaining".


        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Kaveh

        "I know who Jay Leno is, he thinks he is a car person because he has money, he isn't. But it's your opinion, like people who think Creed are a good band. There is no way of telling them there wrong. I will Watch my Top Gear and Autoweek."

        So if I ever win the lottery I can no longer consider myself a car enthusiast? You, sir, FAIL.

        By the way, in the September 2009 issue of Top Gear the magazine, on page 137, they even write "Jay Leno is a total and complete car nut, very knowledgeable. A proper metal enthusiast with the means to buy whatever he wants"

        • 5 Years Ago
        I know who Jay Leno is, he thinks he is a car person because he has money, he isn't. But it's your opinion, like people who think Creed are a good band. There is no way of telling them there wrong. I will Watch my Top Gear and Autoweek.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Love this car...saw it when it debuted in Frankfurt
        • 5 Years Ago
        i want one in alu-beam silver with red and black two tone interior !
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just can't buy in to this car. It makes the SLR look beautiful, when it should look better than the car it replaces. Too bad, really.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This car isn't a replacement for the SLR as it costs about a third of the price. I think this looks much better than the SLR too, which always looked a little too Pontiac-ish and Batmobile like for my tastes, and was somewhat disappointing as a supercar in the handling department. I think this one is going to be much more successful.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Brilliant. I've done a complete 180 on the car post la autoshow.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Is that perhaps because you first thought it was ugly?

        Or because in all previous posts regarding it you thought it was, kinda laughably, based on the SLR platform?

        Or because you perhaps thought it slower than the SLR?

        Hahaha no need for response just pointing something out ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Strangely enough, I do find this looks like a 3rd gen RX-7 but only from one angle. If you look from the rear 3/4 view, zoom in fairly close then pan to the side until you can see all of the greenhouse but not the taillights, it looks pretty RX7-ish. That said, it's just because the rear glass and pillar look similar.

      Overall I'm not seeing a terribly cohesive or beautiful design. It's kind of smart, it's interestingly proportioned but I don't know where people came up with the words "gorgeous" and the like.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is a briliant car. I want one of this to...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jay Leno is cool and all, but... Does he only own one outfit? I seriously have never seem him wear something else, unless it's a suit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Did I accidentally click on "Fashion Police Blog?" Why the eff is everyone so concerned about his clothes today?
        • 5 Years Ago
        One acronym for ya: P.M.S.
      • 5 Years Ago
      cool door handles, ballsy v8 & carbon fiber transmission tube = just great!
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's starting to grow on me.

      Still don't like the back window. Reminds me of the oddly curved CL-class rear window, of which I was never a fan.
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