Gallery: Mercedes-Benz SLS La Carrera: PueblaS

Our hotel in the town of Puebla started life as a convent. The building's center court featured a giant awning and a nice fountain. There were no nuns. We looked.

Gallery: Mercedes-Benz SLS La Carrera: PueblaS

Route book as seen by cameraphone. "Magically attracted to bends"? More like "batshit crazy behind the wheel." Note to self: Visit Mexico more often.

Gallery: Mercedes-Benz SLS La Carrera: PueblaS

Note to self, part II: Runaway trucks bad. Fam good. Buenos dias, Estados Unidos Mexicanos. Your road signs are helpful.

Gallery: Mercedes-Benz SLS La Carrera: PueblaS

The hotel's garage prior to our departure.

Gallery: Mercedes-Benz SLS La Carrera: PueblaS

Our test car. Interesting fact: The American-market SLS sports small trapezoidal bumpers on each side of its rear license plate mount. The European car does not. This is a U.S. car.

Gallery: Mercedes-Benz SLS La Carrera: PueblaS

6.3 badging, 6.2 liters; tomato, tomahto. Still one of the greatest engines ever built.

Gallery: Mercedes-Benz SLS La Carrera: PueblaS

Oh, sure, totally, yes, of course. You try it first. We'll have some... later.

Gallery: Mercedes-Benz SLS La Carrera: PueblaS

The convent/hotel's main tower.

Gallery: Mercedes-Benz SLS La Carrera: PueblaS

Departure from Puebla.

Gallery: Mercedes-Benz SLS La Carrera: PueblaS

Note to self, part III: Screaming through Mexican traffic in a 563-hp supercar with a police escort is the coolest form of tourism on the planet.

Gallery: Mercedes-Benz SLS La Carrera: PueblaS

Coffee stop.

Gallery: Mercedes-Benz SLS La Carrera: PueblaS

More coffee stop.

Gallery: Mercedes-Benz SLS La Carrera: PueblaS

Shamelessly derivative cockpit cues don't get much better than this.

Gallery: Mercedes-Benz SLS La Carrera: PueblaS

This was someone else's map. We didn't look at ours once. Yeah, so we got lost. We also drove through random small towns with the doors up and the engine all cracklesnappopsnarl at the top of the tach and felt impossibly alive. Maps are overrated.

Gallery: Mercedes-Benz SLS La Carrera: PueblaS

Nice touch.

Gallery: Mercedes-Benz SLS La Carrera: PueblaS

Coffee stop again.

Gallery: Mercedes-Benz SLS La Carrera: PueblaS

Do not — we repeat, not — screw with the federales. Charger or no, these guys move.

Gallery: Mercedes-Benz SLS La Carrera: PueblaS

Quien es mas macho: Mercedes-Benz SLS o Mercedes-Benz SLS? Trick question! Mike Ditka is the Mercedes-Benz SLS. Thank you for playing.