2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster Long-Term Road Test


2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: Rear Wing Mechanicals

March 1, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Disappointment isn't a word I'd use when describing our long-term SLS AMG. At least not in an overall sense. But that rear wing leaves just the slightest to be desired.

I know, it's part of the car that is rarely, if ever seen by the owner/driver, but the mechanism that deploys the rear wing simply doesn't have the right look. Those thin metal arms, exposed bolts and stamped steel seem a little cheap to me.

I was expecting skeletonized and machined aluminum or titanium. Maybe some kind of exposed anodized actuator that looks like The Terminator's arm or something. You know, like what the Bugatti Veyron has. At the very least, I probably would have covered up these mechanicals with some sort of shroud.

I'm nit-picking. I'm well aware of this, but I can't keep gushing over this car forever, can I? Oh wait, yes, yes I can.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 16,400 miles

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