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

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: The Keys Need More Buttons

June 26, 2013

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

As Jason Kavanagh noted last week, our long-term 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster has Keyless Go, but it's missing keyless entry. I'll take it a step further and say that I think it's missing two other features on the keys.

Specifically, Remote Start and a remote convertible top. The only thing that would make the brutal, snarling V8 startup better than it already is, would be the ability to hear it on approach. The added utility of allowing the interior to cool down without you sweating on the expensive leather seats is practical, too. Putting the top down remotely would be purely for showing off, but that's already half the reason you get this car anyways.

If I can spend $600 on an alarm system that integrates remote start on my 18-year-old Acura (the other key in this photo), Mercedes can surely include it on its flagship roadster.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 26,154 miles

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