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    • 2014 C197 SLS Black Series competing in MotorTrend's 2013 Best Driver's Car competition, will it win? Check out Randy Pobst's impressions

      The MotorTrend Best Driver's Car competition is one of those yearly events automotive enthusiasts should pay attention to. It focuses it on the main thing that should be important, driving pleasure. How a car feels, how it handles, how it responds, essentially, how the vehicle drives. The SLS Black Series is currently the best of the best that AMG has to offer and it will be interesting to see how the new AMG top dog does against the stout competition.


      Race car driver Randy Pobst is MotorTrend's hot shoe and will be taking each car to their limit. MotorTrend decided to preview each car individually. You can watch the preview video below and read Randy's impressions.

      The entire field consists of an Aston Martin Vanquish, Audi R8 V10 Plus, Bentley Continental GT Speed, BMW M6, Ford Focus ST, Jaguar F-Type V8 S, Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 wagon, Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series, Nissan GT-R Track Edition, Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, Porsche Cayman S, and SRT Viper. The SLS is the most expensive car in the field.


      Randy's Impressions

      Overall: Yeah, that's quite a car. Quite a car. Yeah, gear ratios are much closer than the Viper. I actually think the Viper feels faster in a straight line. I'll be curious. Or maybe this car is just so much more composed that I'm not getting that sensation of speed. It just runs smoothly through all those gears with that sweet gearbox.

      On the Brakes: Braking was real powerful. In fact, I had a lot more potential on the early laps and then on the later laps, the pedal was starting to get longer. Maybe it was getting a little… I'm not sure if I'm ready to say fade. But the braking was extremely powerful on the first lap and I didn't anywhere near maximize it because I didn't know what I had yet, right? Just came flying over that hill, it's like well, OK, now. Too early.

      On the Engine: All right. SLS. The engine is a high point in the car. Normally aspirated. It's a revver. It has a great gear box with seven ratios to utilize the power the engine has. The shifts are quick and the ratios are close.

      On Less Torque: Yeah, maybe, and maybe that certainly is what I'm feeling is less torque. I guess with the gearing and everything else, that doesn't mean it's necessarily slower, and it's just so much easier to drive than the Viper is. Part of it is just that automatic gearbox.

      On the Revised Suspension: You don't have those funky motions (from the rear axle). Yeah, whatever that is that moves around, bump-steer, chassis flex in the Viper, it's not happening here. It's planted and it's kind of a gear higher everywhere than the Viper is. Yeah, like this last hairpin, we're doing it in third gear.

      On the Color: And I love the way it looks in this version. You can argue about the color, but the body shape is just more aggressive and it looks fast.
      This article was originally published in forum thread: 2014 C197 SLS Black Series competing in MotorTrend's 2013 Best Driver's Car competition, will it win? Check out Randy Pobst's impressions started by Sticky View original post
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      1. mnm71's Avatar
        mnm71 -
        Ford Focus ST? Guess i'll have to go look that one up.Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Yeah... I doubt anyone cares about the Focus.
      1. TT C6's Avatar
        TT C6 -
        I commend MB for giving the SLS a dual clutch. ALL AMG cars should have the option of a DCT, or it should be standard.
        As a Corvette owner since the debut of the C5, GM should be ashamed for the bull$hit they spew to their loyal buyers when they claim they couldn't find a DCT that could handle the power of the Corvette. GM's failure to offer an AWD option, or at least a DCT option on the new C7, is why I am considering a E63 4matic or C63 4matic as my next daily driver.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by TT C6 Click here to enlarge
        I commend MB for giving the SLS a dual clutch. ALL AMG cars should have the option of a DCT, or it should be standard.
        As a Corvette owner since the debut of the C5, GM should be ashamed for the bull$hit they spew to their loyal buyers when they claim they couldn't find a DCT that could handle the power of the Corvette. GM's failure to offer an AWD option, or at least a DCT option on the new C7, is why I am considering a E63 4matic or C63 4matic as my next daily driver.
        Great, great post.

        American car companies are behind in technology and the C7 has to offer the value or it can't compete with Porsche. They could source a dual clutch, we all know they could if one can hold the M5 / Panamera Turbo torque, but then the price goes up and GM wants/needs to make money.

        This is an area they have lagged in and why they still are not on par. Who knows when they will be they don't seem concerned.
      1. TT C6's Avatar
        TT C6 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Great, great post.

        American car companies are behind in technology and the C7 has to offer the value or it can't compete with Porsche. They could source a dual clutch, we all know they could if one can hold the M5 / Panamera Turbo torque, but then the price goes up and GM wants/needs to make money.

        This is an area they have lagged in and why they still are not on par. Who knows when they will be they don't seem concerned.
        What's REALLY pathetic is the blind leg humping and excuse making made by the Corvette community.
        I have been active on corvetteforum since the VERY beginning, and as a "10+ year member" I was banned for pointing out that the Corvette team have lied to us about not being able to find a DCT and that the Corvette is inferior until is offers a DCT option.

        The same mindless fools that are blinded with GM loyalty and have the taste of GM bracciole in the back of their throats have the audacity to attack me while claiming the new 8speed torque converter transmission GM is working on can compete with a DCT.

        The worst fools are the ones that try to spread their disinformation and censor the truth posted by educated members.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by TT C6 Click here to enlarge
        What's REALLY pathetic is the blind leg humping and excuse making made by the Corvette community.
        I have been active on corvetteforum since the VERY beginning, and as a "10+ year member" I was banned for pointing out that the Corvette team have lied to us about not being able to find a DCT and that the Corvette is inferior until is offers a DCT option.

        The same mindless fools that are blinded with GM loyalty and have the taste of GM bracciole in the back of their throats have the audacity to attack me while claiming the new 8speed torque converter transmission GM is working on can compete with a DCT.

        The worst fools are the ones that try to spread their disinformation and censor the truth posted by educated members.
        Being banned for that is completely idiotic. Whatever forum that may be is all about fanboy leg humping.
      1. TT C6's Avatar
        TT C6 -
        Full disclosure: The C7 and 911s went head to head at Laguna Seca this week and the C7 beat it in every category except transmission. The base model Corvette had finally bested the 911S in steering feel, handling, braking, etc. So, even with the archaic clutch pedal, the C7 is a better car. If the C7 received a proper DCT, it would be the undisputed king.... at least at the base model.

        The only reason I am even considering an import is because I need a daily driver sedan with AWD that is 11 second capable or better, and I want a DCT if I am going to buy a new car.
        The E63 4matic seems to be the almost perfect other than the fact that I'd prefer a DCT over MCT as well as a smaller, lighter, and more "low-profile" chassis.
        I am hoping the next C63 addresses all of the above and becomes the best daily driver on the planet for 4 season use.....preferably with the 5.5 TT, but even the 4.0 TT will give it the best daily driver distinction in my book.

        In conclusion, yes, the SLS Black with DCT is AMAZING and I would have to include it if I have a collection of 12 cars. But, if I am going to be tracking a RWD coupe, or driving one daily, the C7 would be my choice over the SLS with the addition of Z51, MSRC, headers, and a dyno tune.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by TT C6 Click here to enlarge
        Full disclosure: The C7 and 911s went head to head at Laguna Seca this week and the C7 beat it in every category except transmission.
        Linkity link me?
      1. TT C6's Avatar
        TT C6 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Linkity link me?
        This was personally relayed from someone at the test.
        Check your magazine section for the printed test soon. Click here to enlarge