Mercedes Benz SLR Mclaren Origins
Mercedes-Benz’s called the new coupe a ""futuristic interpretation of styling elements"" reminiscent of the original 300SLR racecars of the 1960’s. The McLaren organization was Mercedes-Benz’s partner in many Formula One competition events. The limited-production SLR McLaren began selling at American dealerships in the summer of 2004. About the Mercedes Benz SLR Mclaren
The 2005 SLR was the first production vehicle to have a front crash structure made completely of carbon fiber, installed to absorb energy at a constant, pre-set rate. The engine was a 5.5-liter V-8 that commanded 617 horsepower, with the assistance of a huge air intake very close to the ground.
The ceramic brake discs were made of a composite material that provided top rated stopping power, high heat resistance and long service life. Eight-piston brake calipers are installed in the front, and four-piston calipers at the rear. Using the brake system alone, the SLR can decelerate at up to 1.3 g. The interior design allowed two occupants to sit on uniquely designed carbon-frame seats. Special ""Silver Arrow"" leather upholstery is available in red, as in the 1950s SLR racecar. Chronometer-style instrument, navigation system, and automatic climate control round out the interior features. Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren Features
For 2007, Mercedes-Benz sort of went back to the drawing board, releasing the SLR McLaren 722 Edition. It featured more power, revised suspension tuning and enhanced exterior bodywork. The 722 designation refers to the 7:22 A.M. starting time assigned to the original Mercedes-Benz SLR racecar for the 1955 Mille Miglia road race.
Building off the previous year's SLR model, the 722 Edition added with 24 more horsepower, larger brakes, an adjustable rear spoiler, firmer suspension dampers, a 10 mm-lower ride height, a carbon-fiber front splitter, carbon-fiber seats and cockpit trim, red accents, and ""722"" badges and embroidery.
The suicide doors and exclusivity was a draw only for the highest of high end buyers, with only 24 of the 2007 SLR being sold in the United States at a price of $500,000.
For 2008, Mercedes followed through on the idea of designing a convertible version of the SLR and released the SLR Roadster, effectively shelving the coupe for this model year. The Roadster featured a semi-automatic soft top, 19-inch wheels, carbon fiber sport seats wrapped in leather and Alcantara, real aluminum trim, a variety of interior color schemes, and a choice of three soft top colors.
Mercedes-Benz and McLaren parted ways and ended their collaboration in 2008. In addition to the standard roadster, the final SLR model was a limited-edition 722 S roadster, which featured a full carbon fiber body and a more powerful version of the supercharged 5.5 liter V-8.
The SLR 722 runs at a whopping 650 hp. A widely spaced five-speed automatic transmission refines the engine's primal power into motion.
The driver can shift manually using steering wheel-mounted buttons. This supercar can go from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 blazing seconds, and the top speed for the SLR is an F1 style 206 mph.
The seemingly only downside to this car is its fuel economy: 12/16 mpg city/highway. No buyer of this car ever thought twice about fuel economy, as a long trip in this car is an idea borne of having no other option.
The SLR was made to commemorate the old racing days, before technology created more of a barrier between the driver and the car.
Only 150 of these retuned, special-edition drop tops were made and can be seen only by chance, online, or if you’re one of the lucky ones who can afford it.