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

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: Supercar Lumbar

August 6, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

When you pay $240,000 for a supercar, it's reasonable to expect that it be pretty much free of fault. I do anyway, on the occasions when I spend $240,000 on a supercar. But the 2012 Mercedes SLS has some flaws, our well-documented fabric-top troubles among them. Then there are these lumbar/bolster controls, placed unhelpfully right next to and under the knee.

Normally this isn't a huge deal. Your driving position sort of adapts and that little module mostly stays out of the way. Until it doesn't. When I got in the SLS the other night, top closed, I twisted around, braced my right hand on the passenger seat and backed out of the parking spot.

Immediately I got a fistful of lumbar. While turning my torso to look behind, I'd pushed up off my right heel to get a better look out the back and pushed my calf into the adjustment button. Somehow I managed to avoid doing that in previous drives with the SLS. I think I was being extra cautious backing out the SLS, as it was parked next to one of those concrete ninja pillars in our garage.

Dumb placement of seat adjusters, though. Between these and the ragtop issues, should be a $225,000 supercar.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

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