When the Jaguar F-Type V8 S first came out, I wasn’t quite sure it was up to the monumental task of it’s name: following in the steps of the legendary Jaguar E-Type, which Enzo Ferrari once called “The most beautiful car ever made.” It also had quite a sporting pedigree, and the sonorous and powerful inline six and V12 engines were nothing short of amazing for their time. Could any modern car possibly be worthy of succeeding that storied automobile?
Merecedes-Benz has been defining the luxury convertible market since the introduction of the SL in 1953. Though I have only driven the two most recent SL class vehicles, they’ve stood out as the best luxury roadsters on the market. The unique thing about the Mercedes SL class of vehicles is they combine the quiet and poise of a coupe with the open air fun of a convertible. The SL also has all of the latest technology, from heated, cooled, and massaging seats, to radar cruise control, to a twin turbo V8 engine. More on that last bit later.
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It’s always fantastic when a car completely surprises you and contradicts almost everything you know about a manufacturer. Mercedes stigma, for better or for worse, is generally one of posh polite cars that are as comfortable as they are conservative. Reserved would be the word that comes to mind. This 2012 Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster is nothing like your grandfather’s Mercedes Benz, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.