Merc SLS roadster vs Bentley GTC vs Aston Virage Volante
West Scotland is icy, dark and dangerous this time of year. The perfect place to head with £500k of lairy supercabrio metal...
Posted: 10 Feb 2012
The SLS's paddle-shift auto 'box has seven ratios. This is six more than necessary: any one of the Merc's gears would suffice for the UK. Doesn't matter which one - second, third, fourth, fifth - all pick up from crawling speed and propel you into deeply illegal territory. But, while there's strictly no need to change gear, you'll still want to for the absurd shotgun bang from the SLS's exhaust on full-bore downshifts in Sport mode, a rifle-crack that causes tectonic instability and sets off all car alarms within a 10-mile radius.