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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG goes to middle school – Click above for high-res image gallery

We're no stranger to the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. The automaker's two-seat flagship, powered by a 6.2-liter V8 rated at 563 horsepower, has been covered ad nauseam on our pages since its introduction nearly two years ago. We are big fans of the 3,573-pound aluminum-bodied sports car, so we've never avoided a chance to grab its key fob, swing open the unique "gull wing" doors and take it for a spin.

Presented with another opportunity to spend time with the eye-catching coupe, and realizing another driving review was simply out of the question, we chose to take the $203,500 Benz to a local middle school and see what the kids thought of it. Unlike us journalists, often oversaturated with horsepower and sexy sheet metal, the unjaded minds of kids could offer all of us a new perspective.

With that in mind, we offered the Art Club students a chance to draw the SLS. The young group meets a few times a month, during lunch, so the kids eat and sketch at the same time. Most importantly, they attend class simply because they enjoy it.



Parked in the quad, smack in the middle of campus, the Mago Alanite Grey (over Classic Red leather) SLS captured quite a bit of attention from the students and faculty. Most knew about the car, thanks to heaps of automotive media coverage, but few had seen one this closely in person. The kids were impressed by the automatic rear spoiler and flashy wheels, but it was the signature doors that mesmerized everyone on campus (we must have opened/closed them two dozen times).


As expected, our middle school image gallery is an interesting mix of color, gray scale, texture and talent. Understandable, as the students were each handed a blank sheet of paper with vague guidance - draw what you see, and draw what you like - they had only about 45 minutes to complete their work (remember, they also had to eat). Special thanks to Dr. Jon Sand, principal at Sycamore Canyon School, for giving us the opportunity to bring the SLS AMG to the campus.


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      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      Some of the drawings are actually very accurate, especially for 11-13 year olds. Everyone's gotta start somewhere, and it's difficult to draw a car because you see all these details and want to include them, but if you're drawing from one perspective you can't always see those details. You want to show that you know about them though, so at the expense of accurate vectoring you'll try to include the details anyway. Everyone starts somewhere, go easy on the kids.
      Fatoid
      • 3 Years Ago
      I saw a some guys doing this once. Except they were in a matt black chevy van. Also one of them was in a bear costume.
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      rllama
      • 3 Years Ago
      Melissa re-imagined it as a hatchback, and I like it better that way. That should get its own post under "rendered speculation".
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      Mike M
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rebecca age 13 is my favorite Meredeth age 11 gets second Better than what I can do.
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      And with that public school education you can be sure these kids will NEVER be able to afford an SLS.
        Michael Harley
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        You'd be wrong. This particular school is among the few public schools in California to receive a distinguished GreatSchools Rating of 10 out of 10. The school also earned a "10" in State Rank (the State Rank is determined by a school's API Score in comparison to all other schools in California — 1 is the worst, 10 is the best). In addition, the school earned an API score of 940 (this rank comes from the 2010 California Academic Performance Index "API" Base report — the API Score is a number between 200 and 1000 that reflects a school's performance on statewide student assessments administered in 2010). My money says at least one third of the kids in those pictures will easily be able to afford an SLS. I'll gladly report back in two decades. - Mike
        David
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        Maybe thats the case where you are from. I'm surrounded by many of the top public schools in the country
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          EnzoHonda
          • 3 Years Ago
          It was a confusing and poorly delivered complement. Top Tip: Don't talk about porn in an article about children.
      usa1
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't think any of the drawings really captured the cartoonishly large, pedestrian safety driven nose of the car. It's the whole essence of the car's styling mess.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know auto magazines/blogs are largely full of what amounts to PR pieces for auto companies. But wow, this is reaching fashion-magazine levels of ridiculousness.
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      BMW Story is where this goes... Since autoblog has trouble keeping my comments on the right pages. BMW is the only company who can create so many niches and still make money. Proves how expensive they are and how much profit is in an automobile.
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