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


2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Carbon Fiber Trim

May 6, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

Carbon fiber is one of my favorite materials and our 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster has just the right amount of it.

The carbon fiber on the SLS is used to accent the interior, line the engine bay and give things a more refined feel. Whereas full, unpainted body panels can come across as extravagant and tasteless on a high-end car (see: Koenigsegg CCX), Benz's sparing use of carbon fiber is handsome and elegant.

Senior Editor Josh Jacquot listed the embossed leather shifter among the finer details (http://www.edmunds.com/mercedes-benz/sls-amg/2012/long-term-road-test/2012-mercedes-benz-sls-amg-roadster-finer-interior-details.html) on the SLS AMG, and carbon fiber is another one.

Small, intricate sections of trim look like they've been flawlessly draped with unbroken sheets of carbon fiber weave. This attention to detail adds class to the SLS, and it's one of many things that help make it more than just a 563-hp muscle car.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 22,280 miles

Comments

  • darthbimmer darthbimmer Posts:

    Meh. Especially when it's used as trim, carbon fiber just looks like 21st century fake wood grain.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    I agree with darthbimmer. Why do we even care about carbon fiber? Because its lightweight, strong, and seen on ultra-high-end vehicles. In of itself, there's nothing special about CF 'trim', and in my opinion doesn't really look all that good.

  • zcalvert zcalvert Posts:

    i'm ok with it as a trim material. however, about your comment about the ccx... exposed CF panels are perfectly fine with me so long as they're functional. given the SLS' porky weight vs. its relatively small physical size, perhaps it could use more of it.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    I can't see why this is an appropriate use of CF, given the material's properties.

  • wdrauch wdrauch Posts:

    I guess "beauty is truly in the eyes of the beholder" because this looks garish, to me. For a more tasteful application of carbon fiber trim, see the Cadillac ATS.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    Carbon fiber was meant as an engineering composite for specialized use for certain parts of the car; being used as tinsel in the cabin is pretty disappointing, especially since the car's monocoque or even most of the body panels aren't actually made of the stuff. But then again, if we can justify the use of wood, aluminum, leather, etc. in the interior then it's no different using CF. Just tacky =)

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    I love carbon fiber in structural, functional uses, but I don't like it as trim. Leather and wood are far better looking trim (sometimes)

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