We have left the first few miles of the highway behind us. As the last villas of Malibu disappear in our rear-view mirror, we enjoy the relaxed, open driving experience to the full. On this stretch of road, the SL is a real gentleman of a roadster: the characteristics of the suspension can be adjusted with the aid of the five DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes, just as the driver desires – and of course to suit the state of the road. We switch to “Comfort” mode, and the SL still feels sporty, but compared with the “Sport” or “Sport Plus” modes it provides noticeably more comfort. Small and medium-sized potholes – yes, even on the Pacific Coast Highway 1 you can't escape them – are no problem for the suspension.