2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Rear-View Camera On the Floor
April 12, 2013
There aren't too many places to put a rear-view camera on the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. As such, it's placed just above the license plate, which upon my rough measurement, is about 8 mm off the tarmac. Any lower and it would be dangling off the bumper from its wire.
As a result, the image presented on screen can be deceptive and it can be hard to see exactly how close you are to that other car's bumper seemingly 5 feet up.
Now, the exact opposite placement would be the rear-view camera on the Mercedes G-Class, which if it was any higher up would be on a conning mast bolted to the roof. Whereas the SLS's camera is still fairly useful for minute parking maneuvers, the big G is hopeless. See my BMW Z3 in the picture below? Looks like the G has run over it. In reality, it was a good 3 feet away.
Regardless of its placement, though, the SLS's rear-view camera is a wonderful feature. The SLS isn't actually that difficult to park by supercar standards, but anything that helps you park it without damage is worth every penny.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 21,400 miles