Ride and Handling
The SLS is hugely impressive through the bends. It is stunningly grippy and assured, with excellent body control. Less well engineered roadsters sometimes suffer from deficiencies in body rigidity and some flexing when driven hard and fast on a twisty road, but there is no evidence of any such shortcoming in the SLS Roadster. It feels sublime to drive on a demanding country route.
Ride quality is pretty reasonable for the kind of car it is. Inevitably, for a sports supercar with this level of performance, the suspension set-up is firm, and some may find it rather hard-riding. But it rides better and with more absorbency than rival exotica such as a Ferrari or Lamborghini.
Ease of Use
Two-door sports roadsters inevitably suffer somewhat in practicality, and the SLS Roadster is no exception. It is not too bad for the type of car it is, though. The big doors allow pretty reasonable access and boot loading is quite reasonable, although the boot is rather small at just 173 litres. It is impressive that this this compartment is almost the same size as the coupe’s, losing just three litres of space from the boot-top area to accommodate the folded hood. In common with the best modern soft-top car hoods, this one is very rapid in operation. It takes just 11 seconds for the motorised roof to go down when you fancy some fresh air driving, and it can be raised or lowered at speeds of up to 31 mph.