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2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren

  • 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren Base Coupe

    Base Coupe

    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      2
    • HP/TORQUE
      617/575
    • ENGINE
      5.4L V8
    • MSRP
      $450,000
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2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren Review

High-performance supercar with luxurious features.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is a lithe racing car at only 3800 pounds. It achieves the low weight through a carbon-fiber structure and a lightweight aluminum double-wishbone suspension. The actual power of the SLR impresses, but make sure to reduce fuel consumption by deactivating the supercharger during light loads. It truly finds the perfect balance between a grand touring vehicle and a high-performance machine. The lack of a true manual transmission marks the only real drawback of the SLR for racing enthusiasts.

Many drivers who enjoy recreational racing like to keep a special car stored away that can hit top speeds. Mercedes-Benz gets more attention for stylish coupes than for ultra-high performance cars; however, the SLR certainly goes beyond mere good looks wrapped around a decent engine. The McLaren takes its name from the famous Mercedes racing car of the 1950s that won many high profile races at the time. Mercedes spares no expense in forming a modern-day car that equals its predecessor in stature. McLaren is Mercedes’ partner in Formula One racing and helps make the SLR as efficient and powerful as possible.

The Range

Body styles: sports car
Engines: 5.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic with adaptive shifting AMG SpeedShift programming
Models: Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

What's New

Since Mercedes-Benz put so much time, energy, and money into the creation of the SLR McLaren, modifications remain few and far between. Each alteration needs to warrant change. The models preceding the 2006 SLR are just as honed as the original design. Therefore, the 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren carries over from previous models without any significant changes.

Exterior

The exotic performance 2006 SLR coupe certainly offers high style. Even though the car only seats two passengers, it has a sleek, smooth, and stylish look. As a Mercedes-Benz model the car emphasizes luxury in the design. The lightweight body aims for the best aerodynamics possible, and the front formation of the mid-engine area provides optimum weight distribution. However, this layout makes the car's long hood seem out of proportion with the rest of the vehicle. The slightly bigger windshield helps to even out the longer hood in addition to providing more panoramic viewing. Swing-wing doors cover the sides of the SLR. They open up and out to create a rather dramatic entrance to the car.

Interior

While the exterior and the performance take center stage, the interior makes the car popular. The majority of sport-centered vehicles focusing on high performance tend to pay only passing attention to the interior; however, the SLR breaks this tradition by making the interior almost as fabulous as the exterior. The dash has a practical layout, so it can be easily navigated. Exclusive leather upholstery (either Silver Arrow or Grand Nappa) provide a high-quality feel. The seats themselves do not provide very much room for adjustment, but special modules, which tailor-make each seat for individual owner comfort, overcome this. For entertainment, the model includes a Bose surround sound system with a six-CD changer.

Performance & Handling

The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren has rear drive. It houses an impressive 5.4-liter, supercharged V-8 engine that can produce 617 horsepower and 575 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission with adaptive shifting AMG SpeedShift programming provides the only transmission option. However, the driver can manually select transmission gearing through steering-wheel-mounted controls. The SLR can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in only 3.8 seconds and tops out at 208 mph.

Safety

Standard safety features of the 2006 SLR include Tele Aid, carbon-ceramic brakes with ABS, brake assist, and stability control. Side airbags, side curtain airbags, and knee-protecting airbags come standard.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren: 13/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • High performance
  • Luxurious amenities
  • Advanced design

You Won't Like

  • Loud road noise
  • No manual transmission

Sum Up

High-performance supercar with luxurious features.

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