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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.

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