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

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: Styling Critique

May 22, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

There's a lot to like about the SLS AMG's styling. The long hood and stubby tail give it classic roadster proportions. It gives a nod to Benzes past, while offering a thoroughly modern interpretation. But there's one thing that bugs me...

This fuel filler door seems out of place. On the whole, the SLS has a refreshingly clean design. Sure, it has a few shiny accents here and there, but this filler door reminds me of an over-the-top fashion accessory that is completely unnecessary.

I suppose the designers were shooting for something racy. Maybe some sort of tribute to roller latch fuel caps. But to me, it just sticks out like a sore thumb. I'd much prefer a plain old body-colored door.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 24,647 miles

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