• Can the Mercedes SLR McLaren Beat a Couple of Modern Supercars in a Drag Race?

Video takes a look at how the SLR fares against the likes of Ferrari GTC4 and Aston Martin DBS

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Born from the know-how of two renowned houses - those of McLaren and Mercedes-Benz, the SLR came to existence with a 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 good for 617 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque. The year was 2005.

Fast forward to 2020, and Carwow sets out to discover whether the SLR still has it. In doing so, Mat Watson pits the SLR against the Ferrari GTC4 and Aston Martin’s DBS. Sounds like we’re in for a treat.

There’s still some fight left in this often-forgotten marvel

The SLR is an interesting combination between a GT and a sports car, if there ever was one. Also, its brake calipers used to catch fire once the car stopped in the pit after a couple of hot laps and the Germans insisted that was a ‘feature’ and something expected from the SLR. Still, it could blast from naught to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds on to a top speed of 208 mph.

Oh, and if you’re curious to know, yes, it was able to hold its own on the race track despite the flaming brakes thingy, as shown by a certain Stig, who drove it right to the top of Top Gear’s Lap Times ranks.

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That said, let’s look at the competition. The 2020 Ferrari GTC4Lusso packs a 6.3-liter naturally-aspirated V-12 good for 680 horsepower and 514 pound-feet of twist, while the 2020 DBS Superleggera got a twin-turbo 5.2-liter V-12 mill cranking out 715 horsepower.

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This means that horsepower-wise, the Aston looks like a sure-shot favorite, but keep in mind that a lot of variables matter in a drag race, including weight and how the power gets sent to the ground - the GTC4Lusso, for example, is AWD, while the other two cars are RWD.

Mind you, though, you won’t find out the result of this race from us, so be a sport and hit play. Maxing out the sound level also helps. You’re welcome.

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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