2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren

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2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren Review

Has the performance of a supercar and the luxury of a grand touring vehicle.

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The 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren coupe celebrates the legendary 300SLR coupe and Mercedes’ Formula One Silver Arrow race cars of the 1960s. Mercedes and its Formula One racing partner McLaren have worked five years to bring the SLR McLaren coupe from concept car to production vehicle. Seen for the first time in the U.S. at the 2004 North American International Auto Show, the SLR features a supercharged, 617-horsepower, 5.4-liter V-8 and carbon-fiber body cladding.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 5.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

What's New

The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is all new for 2005.


The 2005 SLR McLaren is the first production vehicle to use all carbon-fiber composite construction for its front crash structure. The strength and rigidity of this material is designed to absorb the energy of an impact at a constant, predetermined rate. Side strakes in front of each front door recall the powerful racecars of Mercedes-Benz’s past, and the brand’s three-pronged star insignia perches at the front edge of the hood and extends to a small triangular lower panel. Twin air intakes with single-slat grilles are set next to round bi-xenon headlights. A larger air intake sits closer to the ground. The innovative gull-wing doors make the SLR look like something out of a sci-fi movie.

The 2005 SLR McLaren carries standard features such as adaptive rear spoiler in the trunk lid, 19-inch alloy wheels with performance tires, variable intermittent rain-sensing wipers, four-wheel independent suspension, front foglamps, auto-delay-off dusk-sensing headlamps, self-leveling headlights, remote power door locks, power windows, and power heated mirrors. Riding on a 106.3-inch wheelbase, the SLR McLaren measures 183.3 inches long overall and stands 49.6 inches tall.


The 2005 SLR McLaren has an individually-padded carbon-frame seats that hold two occupants. Leather upholstery is standard and can be had in a special ""Silver Arrow"" red to look like the 1950s SLR racecar. Chronometer-style instruments are standard as are a navigation system and automatic climate control. Convenience features include adaptive cruise control, a front console with storage, speed-proportional power steering, and a tilt/telescoping leather steering wheel with transmission and audio controls built in. Alloy and leather trim on the center console, dash, doors and shift knob give the interior of this supercar the ultra-luxurious look and feel of a grand touring vehicle. The premium Bose stereo system includes seven speakers total, speed-sensitive volume control, and an AM/FM in-dash CD player. A hands-free phone and TeleAid communications system are installed.

Performance & Handling

The 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren features a hand-built, supercharged and intercooled, 5.4-liter, single overhead cam (SOC) V-8 engine capable of a whopping 617 horsepower and 575 lb-ft of torque. The engine sits behind the front wheels, in a front mid-engine position. Innovative, dry-sump lubrication includes a remote oil tank that eliminates the conventional oil pan or sump and permits the engine to sit lower in the frame. This results in a lower center of gravity and prevents oil starvation during hard acceleration, cornering, and braking. A five-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift capability directs the engine’s power to the rear wheels. The transmission has three modes: Comfort, Sport and Manual. In Manual mode, the driver can shift using paddles on the steering wheel or the TouchShift function on the shift lever. According to Mercedes-Benz, the SLR can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and is capable of a top speed of 207 mph.

The 2005 SLR McLaren’s ceramic brake discs are made of a new composite material that promises outstanding stopping power, high heat resistance, and a long service life. Eight-piston brake calipers are installed in front with four-piston calipers at the rear. Using the brake system alone, the SLR can decelerate at up to 1.3g. For additional stopping power, an adaptive rear spoiler in the trunk lid pops up at a 65-degree angle when the driver brakes hard at speeds above 59 mph.


The 2005 SLR McLaren is equipped with standard safety features, which includes driver and passenger front airbags with occupant-sensing deactivation on the passenger side, door-mounted side-impact airbags, and knee bolsters for both driver and passenger. The SLR also comes standard with four-wheel anti-lock ventilated disc brakes and driveline traction control. Mercedes’ electronic stability control system is also standard.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren: 12/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Advanced design and construction
  • Luxury amenities
  • Powerful engine performance

You Won't Like

  • Wind and road noise
  • No manual transmission available

Sum Up

Has the performance of a supercar and the luxury of a grand touring vehicle.

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