The Mercedes SLR McLaren is the stripper of the automotive world. It showed up looking sexy and sleek in 2003, but soon people got distracted by the new girls at the ‘Prancing Horse’. So the little one of German-Anglo decent said, “What you don’t like me anymore? Why don’t I take off my top?” And the roadster appeared in 2007.
Now the SLR is getting old, and they’re less rich men coming to she her do her thing. So the SLR says, “Wait! Look at me now. I’ve lost weight and I’ve taken even more off!” In an effort to get a few more bucks before the SLR gets too old and needs to retire, the Speedster version will debut in 2009. The loss of windows and other creature comforts makes her 440 lb lighter than any other version and should have a top speed of round 220 mph.
As you can tell from our original rendering, she’s still sexy after all these years. Just like a stripper, it will cost a lot to take the SLR home (possibly over $1 million), but you’ll also have a lot of great stories to tell your friends.
The SLR 722 is about to loose its head, with the launch of the roadster version in early 2009. U.S. prices have not been announced, but European sales should be around £400,000.
Under the hood there will be the same engine as in the coupe 722: a 5.4-litre, V8 AMG, supercharged engine that delivers about 650 hp and over 580 ft lbs of torque. The 0 to 60 mph sprint will be made in under 3.0 seconds. The special edition roadster gets its name from the famous Stirling Moss victory in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR which raced under the number 722.
The final edition of the SLR supercar has been spotted testing for quite a while now. But spy shots showed just a highly camouflaged car. Jonsibal.com posted a rendering of the future supercar, and we have to admit it looks pretty amazing. Nothing surprising of course, but pretty cool!
According to the designer, the speedster version will be completely different than the McLaren SLR. The only parts that these two cars share are the headlights. Practically all body panels have been redesigned. The whole side panel, fenders and doors are all different. The hood was also redesigned to tame the slope leading to the high beams which was originally connected to the A pillar. The front bumper is new reflecting a bit more of an FXX Evo design cues. The side exit exhaust is now placed in the side fender vents as how it appeared in the original 1955 300 SLR instead of the rocker panels found in the current McLaren model.
What you are looking in here sometime used to be a SLR. We can’t give you more details about what really happened in here, but you can imagine just by watching the pictures!
The crash happened in Qatar and the owner of the car was only 22 years old (I say was cause just by looking at the car you can imagine he didn’t survive). He was driving extremely and he lost control of his car. The result... what you see in the images.
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Mercedes and McLaren will bring their final cooperation at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show. The SLR Speedster has been caught testing at the Nurburgring in Germany. It will be limited to only 75 units, and the price is rumored to be somewhere in the 750.000 euro area.
The production car will come without air conditioning and with ceramic brakes and a track-derived exhaust system. It will be 200kg lighter than the SLR coupe and capable of accelerating from 0 to 186mph (300km/h) in just 26 seconds, while top speed will be of 218mph.
As you know the SLR Roadster will be the final collaboration between Mercedes and McLaren. And today Mercedes confirmed it: "The partnership ends in 2009 and it will not be renewed."
The SLR will be replaced by a new flagship premium roadster called the SLC that will debut in 2010 and will be built Mercedes’ in-house performance unit AMG at the automaker’s Sindelfingen plant, near Stuttgart, Germany.
Couchman said the SLR’s high price limited sales. The car starts at 452,200 euros in Germany. Mercedes has sold 1,577 SLRs worldwide since the car’s launch in 2003, according to Global Insight.
The car has also suffered from technical problems. The SLR was one of the models affected in a recall of 680,000 Mercedes cars in 2004, after the electronic braking system failed on some vehicles.
In 2006, Mercedes-Benz USA recalled 433 SLRs that had developed overheating problems.