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2006 Brabus SLR McLaren

2006 Brabus SLR McLaren
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  • Brabus SLR McLaren
  • Year:
    2006-
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    660@6500
  • 0-60 time:
    3.6 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    211 mph
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Or how to make an exclusive sports car even more exclusive

The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren arrived in 2003 as the result of a collaboration between the German marque and British racing specialist McLaren Automotive. Developed as a high-performance machine aimed at the top-end sports cars of the era, the SLR McLaren also paid homage to the Mercedes-Benz 300 SRL, a 1950s race car that won the World Sportscar Championship in 1955 and events like the Mille Miglia and Targa Florio. The SLR McLaren was sold until 2010, when it was replaced by the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

Much like any high-profile sports car, the SLR McLaren spawned several special-edition models, including the 722 Edition and SLR Stirling Moss. The vehicle also received various upgrades from tuning companies, but none was as exciting as the one offered by Brabus, a shop known for taking Mercedes models to the limit performance-wise.

Launched for the 2005 model year, it became one of the world’s most exclusive sports cars, fascinating millions thanks to its unique appearance and spectacular output. It was by no means the most powerful Brabus out there, but the fact that it was based on an already exclusive vehicle turned it into a classic for the German company.

Continue reading to learn more about the Brabus SLR.

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Video: How Not to Drive a Brabus Mercedes-McLaren SLR Roadster Through a Parking Garage

Video: How Not to Drive a Brabus Mercedes-McLaren SLR Roadster Through a Parking Garage

Let’s begin here by saying that the Brabus Mercedes-McLaren SLR Roadster is one of the most awesome cars ever manufactured. A 5.5-liter supercharged V-8 engine pumps out 650 horses gets this machine up to a top speed of 211 mph. Toss in just the sheer awesomness that it’s a Mercedes too, and few can compete.

As much as we love these cars, some of their owners take the privileged to drive one a little too far. We understand and even agree that these cars need their legs stretched out every now and again, but there is a time and place for it. The very last place to stretch out the legs on a 650-horsepower monster is a parking garage.

Well, this outstanding citizen decides to take his (or someone’s) $1 million Mercedes in excess of 90 mph through a parking garage. That’s right, I wouldn’t do half of the top speed of a Geo Metro through a parking garage and this guy is halfway there on a 650-horsepower supercar.

What’s worse is the annoying chucklehead in the passenger’s seat is just laughin’ away like he’s watching a young Jim Carrey movie. Then adding insult to injury, a dinging alarm goes off. What’s that, the a-hole alarm maybe? No, that’s the seatbelt alarm; these guys are doing this idiotic stuff without seatbelts on…

Didn’t these guys think that maybe a kid could come running out from between a few cars? Maybe a person might decide he wants to pull his car out of one of the parking spaces. Really, what exactly goes through the heads of these people before they do things like this?

Ugh, okay enough of my fatherly ranting. Check out the above video to see for yourself. We can say that the in-car audio from the 5.5-liter V-8 is phenomenal, but the idiocy of the two squash-for-brains guys in the car seriously outweighs the impressiveness of the car.

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2006 Brabus SLR McLaren

2006 Brabus SLR McLaren

Or how to make an exclusive sports car even more exclusive

The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren arrived in 2003 as the result of a collaboration between the German marque and British racing specialist McLaren Automotive. Developed as a high-performance machine aimed at the top-end sports cars of the era, the SLR McLaren also paid homage to the Mercedes-Benz 300 SRL, a 1950s race car that won the World Sportscar Championship in 1955 and events like the Mille Miglia and Targa Florio. The SLR McLaren was sold until 2010, when it was replaced by the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

Much like any high-profile sports car, the SLR McLaren spawned several special-edition models, including the 722 Edition and SLR Stirling Moss. The vehicle also received various upgrades from tuning companies, but none was as exciting as the one offered by Brabus, a shop known for taking Mercedes models to the limit performance-wise.

Launched for the 2005 model year, it became one of the world’s most exclusive sports cars, fascinating millions thanks to its unique appearance and spectacular output. It was by no means the most powerful Brabus out there, but the fact that it was based on an already exclusive vehicle turned it into a classic for the German company.

Continue reading to learn more about the Brabus SLR.

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