Speed Week: RS6 vs. SLS Black
An RS6 vs. an SLS Black? Surely some mistake. In fact, they have more in common than you’d think...
Posted: 16 Aug 2013
Also the country that both are a product of. A country, most notably, with entirely absent speed limits on good tranches of multi-lane roads. Not so long ago, I spent a night in an SLS Black, piloting it through the darkness from the south of France to AMG HQ north of Stuttgart, and my abiding memory is of it trying to swap lanes at a speed way beyond the useful reach of the headlights and my snoozing synapses. Yep, it shimmied at 175mph and caused a grizzled photographer to squeal.
This is the exact same car, but in daylight it has proved a lot friendlier - not exactly cuddly, but its claws have been sheathed. Yet it's not a car that suffers fools - you get the feeling that if you were to call it a jaundice-coloured, turret-topped, Pinocchio-nosed son of a GT, it might have something to say on the matter. So, no, it's not a car you can tease, but it is a car you can work with, so long as you treat it with respect and circumspection. Never forget that this is a very different car from the ‘ordinary' SLS; in fact, I think the gap between them is arguably even bigger than that from A6 TDI to RS6.