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.