The Stig versus the Mercedes SLS Black
Our tame racing driver gets sideways in the very maddest Merc before a road trip to AMG headquarters…
Posted: 13 Dec 2013
There’s a dense energy to the way it gathers pace down the pit lane, taut and slack-free, no slurry porridge between right foot and rear wheels. The bonnet is endless, framed in the windscreen by a pair of dashtop B&O tweeters, the presence of which I find somewhat perplexing. Likewise, the blindspot warning triangles in the mirrors. Oh well, I may well be thankful for the luxury touches later tonight.
Any suggestion that they may be indicative of a lack of focus is quickly dispelled. The Black takes to the track with hunger and determination. It’s so much sharper and better controlled now, rampant down the back straight, and stable and decisive into quick turns. Rather than pivoting under you like a mid-engined car would, there’s still a sense that there’s a lot of weight sitting over the front wheels and another chunk on the rears, and it’s your job to manage the resulting under- and oversteer.