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

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Detailing

July 29, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

This engine bay is filthy. Our 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster gets hand-washed weekly and yet this affront to purists everywhere has apparently gone unnoticed. I recently had a friend and fellow auto-journalist ask to see the engine bay and, to my dismay, it was covered in a thick layer of dust and shame. This earth-moving 6.2-liter V8 deserves better.

So, I took out the detailing-duffel-bag and went to work. Equipped with a bottle of degreaser, water, quick-detailer and some microfiber towels, I soon brought the engine bay back to respectability.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

Excellent. As my great-grandmother used to say, "What good is a 563-horsepower naturally aspirated V8 if you can't show it off?" Well, maybe that's not exactly how she said it.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 27,200 miles

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