October 20, 2011
I was planning on running some errands in the SLS and take humorous photos in front of the local bakery, Starbucks and my dry cleaners. But the rain just depressed me, and I left the car sitting out back while I worked.
10:15 a.m. I leave for my test drive in the rain, heading to some of the only twisty roads in the area. I drive past Northwestern University, where students heading sleepily to class perk up as the bright red car cuts through town.
From there, I head to the tight corners of Sheridan Road, known in these parts for a picturesque and winding stretch of pavement. Unfortunately, the aggressive summer tires just can't provide enough grip to offer an exhilarating run. The tires come loose briefly even at relatively low speeds. I continue to play it safe; it is a $200,000 car after all.
11 a.m. From Sheridan, I head toward the highway to go to work. The Edens Expressway has been recently paved, so it's one of the smoothest roads in the entire area, and everything is much drier.
I get to push the engine a bit as patches of clear road open frequently. It seems I've become one with the SLS' right pedal as the exhaust erupts in glorious response to my foot pressing down. The 10 miles or so of this moderate traffic plus smooth road is the best and closest I could get to high-speed testing of this gorgeous car.