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
At Charade, the short, stabby gearing is no issue - it just means you get to change gear more often, not that it was a bit noisy when cruising. The drivetrain rattle, unnerving in public places, now just reeks of pedigree motorsport. And the spikiness of its earlier personality, the fidget and jink and weave? Gone. At Charade, the SLS Black is the master. Nothing feels more suited to the circuit nor attacks it so vigorously or so competently. Here is a car that gives you the full endurance racing experience: bucket seat, borderline claustrophobic cabin, endless bonnet, rampant engine. But it isn't frightening - it's friendly.
The RS6 achieves this by soothing your brow and reminding you that it has control, whereas the Black helps you make the right decisions by ensuring the lines of communication are clear and open. The steering - too hyperactive on the road - is now a marvel of clarity; traction is vast and when it does slip, it does so smoothly, with plenty of warning. The chassis balance is exceptional, the brakes more potent and nicer to use than anything else in the pit lane, Formula Ford included. Every apex you clip turns to gold in the SLS Black. It's the one car I want to keep on driving through the night.