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

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: What is This, Part 2?

February 28, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

I popped the trunk on our long-term 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster and found this little spring-loaded cap. Do you know what it is? After flipping the cover open, I thought it might be some sort of data-transmission port, but I was wrong. Click through to find out.

That second photo doesn't help much, does it? I'll save you from having to do an internet search for MagCode. It's a, you guessed it, German company that sells, among other things, "100% short-circuit-proof two-pole MagCode Systems for the transmission of currents in the area of 12 - 230V." The cool part is that within the power port and the power cord end, magnets rotate freely and align when the power cord is introduced to the port.

Neat-O. The problem is that I can't find any automotive (or otherwise) accessory or appliance sold here in the U.S. of A. that has the right kind of power cord attached to it. Huh.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor @ 16,450 miles

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