Just watched the second episode of Top Gear UK, as usual can never be disappointed. Beautiful cars, crazy stories and always a laugh. But something dawned on me. Jeremy Clarkson drove the Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster and he came to the conclusion that it was amazing because it was different. But I have to disagree.
Why would you buy a convertible SLS? the sole reason that I see for buying an SLS is for the gull-wing doors that pay homage to the original 300 SL gull-wing. A convertible SLS loses those magnificent pieces of art and are replaced with normal doors. If you want a loud V8 wearing a Merc badge why not save some money and get a SL 63. Same conventional doors and roof.
Normally, i love a convertible over any hard top version, there is something about chopping the roof that makes it look sexy. Altering the pillars and the lines of the car shows true beauty. When weather is perfect, all roofs drop down so passengers can enjoy the warmth of the sun.
I don’t want to come across as saying that the SLS is better than the Roadster version because unluckily enough for me I haven’t driven both. As Jeremy said, nowadays you will come across as being a bit of a show off stepping out of your car having gull-wing doors. Same idea goes for scissor doors on a Lamborghini.
But then again for an extra 40Kg and £176,895 you probably have enough money to buy the roadster for sunny days and the gull-wing for the rainy days.