Thread: Track performance comparison - Evo pits the Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster versus the Aston Martin DBS Volante
06-27-2012, 05:45 PM #1
Track performance comparison - Evo pits the Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster versus the Aston Martin DBS Volante
We understand why EVO compared these two although the SLS really is in a much higher performance class. On paper it seems close as the Aston with its 6.0 liter V12 has 510 horsepower but it also weighs about 250 pounds more. The SLS used in this comparison has 563 horses plus a quicker shifting dual clutch transmission. We would put our money on the SLS AMG in any performance comparison against the DBS Volante any time. Even one done in the wet as this one was.
These British reviews done when it is raining are almost pointless in our opinion as they do not show the cars at their best. These are not vehicles designed for maximum wet traction and doing comparisons in the wet when they can not put down their power effectively really detracts from what EVO is doing. British weather is what it is and the laptimes are not the best they could be but the Aston turns a 1:33.20 and the SLS turns a 1:32.30. So about 1 second faster for the SLS although Tiff's lap was hardly as good as it could be. Regardless, the SLS is clearly the quicker car.
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06-27-2012, 06:17 PM #2
I've always wondered if these British journalists actually just do one (always awful) lap per car and then try to compare the times as if they had any meaning or if they do a bunch of runs, find the best times but then show the more interesting drifty run for the video?
If they're really just drifting two cars through the rain and deciding the SLS is faster because its drifting lap took 1 second less, that's just appalling. Wouldn't surprise me, though, the British are incredibly arrogant like that.
I love watching their videos, but presenting lap times like this as if they have any meaning is just irresponsible. I'm not one to put much importance behind performance numbers so it doesn't matter to me but a lot of people think numbers are everything.
06-27-2012, 06:47 PM #3
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06-28-2012, 01:19 AM #4
most of these british reviews I view more as a form of entertainment than a defacto "this car is better than this car".
06-28-2012, 02:03 AM #5