If there’s one thing we know about the Mercedes SLR McLaren, it’s that despite its age, it’s never too old to have a new program built for it.
For the latest work done on it, the SLR McLaren was treated to a new blue-and-black wrap by the foil experts CUT48, who took the pretty risky job of dressing up the German supercar. If you think this job is easy, think again; there’s a lot of tedious work behind it, beginning with the choice of foil, design, and coordination of colors. And that doesn’t even take into account the actual job of wrapping the car in foil.
The aesthetic improvements are nice, but we really care most about what’s going on under that hood. This McLaren SLR received a program from EDO Competition that includes an ECU remapping, the addition of new sport air filters and sport catalytic converters, an upgraded compressor, a new exhaust manifold, and a modified intake system.
All told, the SLR now hits 722 horsepower and 657 pound-feet of torque with a 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph) time of under 10 seconds with a top speed of 214 mph, numbers that can put even today’s most popular supercars to shame.
Japanese tuning firm, Premier4509, is trooping to the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon with a stunning program for one of the most iconic super cars in recent history: the Mercedes SLR McLaren.
The full details surrounding this program won’t be unveiled until the doors officially open in Tokyo, but Premier4509 is wasting little time in getting our juices going by releasing a few teaser photos of the finely-tuned SLR McLaren. From what we’ve been told, Premier4509 is planning to make around thirty bodykits for the SLR with one being displayed in Tokyo next week. Among the components that have been put into it are a new carbon front bumper, new side skirts, a new rear bumper, a diffuser, a new rear spoiler, wheel arches, and a new set of alloy wheels that add even more stylish substance to what is already one of the most awesome-looking supercars on the planet.
That’s about all the information we have about the program. Rest assured, Premier4509 is prepared to bring the thunder in Tokyo next week. And just like the rest of the auto world, we’ll be waiting earnestly to see the full details surrounding their new program for the venerable SLR McLaren.
The year 2012 started off with quite a bang for Renntech. Their updated version of the Mercedes SLR - already known for being the world’s fastest SLR - established a new quarter-mile record of 9.76 seconds at a speed of 140.8 mph. This new time smashes its previous record of 10.29 seconds and 134mph established in October 2011.
The Mercedes SLR used for the record-breaking run was equipped with a Mansory Renovatio bodykit, a new set of Agetro M140 Monoblock wheels, and a custom interior. The engine was obviously hooked up; it put a modified supercharger to good use, along with larger heat exchangers, a more efficient intercooler pump, prototype race headers, a limited slip differential, and a modified the five-speed transmission to handle the extra power. As a result, the SLR delivers an amazing 800 HP!
The Chinese automotive market is growing bigger by the day and automakers everywhere are taking advantage of this growing market by throwing a number of special editions their way. One type of vehicle that is ripping through the streets of China is the super car. Anything from Ferrari to Pagani to Lamborghini is making its way over to the land of Dragons and Emperors, and this video was created to show off a number of these vehicles.
What can be better than a supercar? The answer is quite simple: more supercars brought together! This video was shot during a "private" supercar rally and brings together some of the most amazing cars in the world.
The first three minutes of the video will show an impressive supercar parade, but if you want to hear some wonderful exhaust music, fast forward up to the 3:30 mark. Our advice is for everyone to turn up their volume and enjoy! We can assure you that the video is worth every second!
There are those tuning companies that can be out of the spotlight for a few months, generating little to no headlines, but when they do resurface, they come out swinging with some pretty jaw-dropping projects.
That’s the case for German tuning company, Wheelsandmore. We haven’t seen or heard from these guys for a while now, but they’ve definitely come back with a bang with their new "Epochal" program for the McLaren Mercedes SLR 722.
It’s hard to build a program for a car as exclusive a the McLaren SLR 722, but Wheelsandmore was certainly up to the task. The carbon fiber body of the McLaren SLR 722 received a pretty svelte companion in the form of a new set of 20" handmade Type 6Sporz ² forged wheels wrapped in Dunlop tires. For the interior, the luxury refinements come in the form of grandiose interior leather matched with doses of Alcantara and carbon fiber, plus a modern steering wheel with carbon gearshift paddles that have been installed from its exclusive Performance Series. The company also provided an improved suspension set-up to be able to handle the increased performance of the supercar. With the help of suspension specialist KW Automotive, Wheelsandmore managed to improve the suspension of the supercar by developing in train and rebounding the adjustable coilover suspension with housings made of high strength aluminum alloy.
For the engine upgrade, Wheelsandmore made use of a customized software program on the supercar’s 5.5-liter V8 front-mid engine, while also installing a hand-made exhaust system and a remotely controllable exhaust muffler with flaps. From the already impressive 650-horsepower output of the supercar, Wheelsandmore managed to spike up the power all the way to 727 horsepower with further enhancements taking the output to a mouth-watering 800 horsepower.
The rock star Mercedes seen in these images isn’t a special edition being sold in an exclusive market. No, this is the L4P SLR777, a team collaboration project between Platinum Motorsport, RENNtech, MACarbon, and Exotics Boutique. It is actually the only SLR with a Mansory Renovatio Body Kit installed outside of the Mansory Factory and, to boost its awesome factor to the next level, it is the world’s fastest SLR, clocking in a 1/4 Mile time of 10.29 sec at 134 mph. Has your interest been piqued yet?
The impressive engine work was done by Renntech, who gace the SLR an ECU upgrade, a sports catalytic exhaust upgrade, stainless sport sound and performance SLR mufflers, and stainless steel headers. The engine is now mated to a Mercedes 722.6 five Speed transmission upgrade that was necessary to ensure maximum power is transmitted to the drive wheels without transmission slippage.
A new suspension system and performance brakes were also necessary and, for an even more dramatic appearance, there is also a HLS 2 (Hydraulic Lift System) that provides additional road clearance for lowered vehicles by raising the front axle suspension via the push of a button.
The L4P SLR777 is painted in a new special Liquid White color courtesy of Platinum Motorsport and comes with plenty of carbon fiber elements to brag about, courtesy of MACarbon. The carbon was then combined with black suede from Platinum Motorsport and custom 20" Agetro M140 Monoblock wheels.
Check out the full list of upgrades after the jump.
Some test drivers spend all day testing high-performance cars, so their skills are simply bar none. This, unfortunately, does not prevent accidents from happening and sometimes these accidents prove fatal. This is the case with two Mercedes-Benz test drivers who were killed in a terrible accident involving a McLaren SLR.
According to the German magazine, Bild.de, the two drivers were evaluating a four-year-old Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren when things got a little out of control. The two drivers were testing the supercar on the German Autobahn and during the five mile stretch of road that has zero speed limits, the car was pushed to its limits. According to the police officers, the drivers hit a top speed of about 186 mph before catapulting to a height of 10 meters, then hitting a tree and sailing an additional 35 meters, crashing down a steep slope. Both the driver and the passenger were ejected from the car and died instantly.
This is a sad day for the automotive world, but even more so for the young families left behind. Our condolences go out to them.
The king is dead, long live the king! Mercedes SLR is out of production for quite some time now, but the fact it was a great car is beyond doubt. As a proof is the fact that even now, when Mercedes stopped producing it, tuners are still offering lots of attention.
The German tuner Wheelsandmore for example is not at their first upgrade for the SLR. They have also offered a tuning package last year, but we simply can not understand why after offering a 730 HP upgrade they now come with a 707 HP version.
Their latest version is called "Edition 707" - you can easily understand where the name comes from - includes a performance pack, a larger compressor pulley and an ecu upgrade. As a result the engine now delivers a total of 707 HP and a peak torque of 674 lbs-ft and the 0 to 60 mph sprint is made in 3.5 seconds.
The engine upgrades are being combined with KW suspensions, full race approved coilover with damper housings of strength aluminum alloy and a lowered center of gravity. The car now sits on a new set of handcrafted, multi-piece forged wheels of the type 6Sporz².
But the updates for the SLR McLaren are nearly unlimited and on request they might also include carbon-look outside rims and the red outlines (as pictured).
The Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss is limited to only 75 units, so to see one actually outside of an air conditioned and secured garage is a spectacular treat for the eye. Then the fact that it is being driven by American rapper, singer, and record producer, Kanye West gets thrown in and we’re not sure to sit and ogle or pay for the experience.
Kanye was living the high life at the Cannes Film Festival when he got a chance to stroll around in the $1.06 million vehicle. Whether the car is his or he just borrowed it for the day - rich people get to do that - the star sure seemed to fit right into the leather-trimmed interior.
The Mercedes SLS Stirling Moss is powered by a 5.5-liter supercharged V8 from the 722 SLR, which makes 650 hp. Without a windshield, this roadster can still hit a rip-your-face-off top speed of 217 mph. The 0-60 mph sprint can be made in less than 3.5 seconds. With this type of speed and no windscreen or roof, Kanye may need a little more than those dark sunglasses to shield him from the whiplash he’s sure to get when he gets the SLR out on the open road.