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This Mercedes SLR McLaren by MSO is Rare, but Is it Worth Bugatti Chiron Money?

One of the 25 Mercedes SLR McLaren MSO Editions produced is listed for sale in Germany, but the cost is steep

Built between 2003 and 2009, the Mercedes SLR McLaren was a modern-day tribute to the 1950s 300 SLR. The super Gran tourer preceded AMG’s SLS and GT models, both inspired by the 300 SL. Throughout its production cycle, there were some limited edition versions, such as the 722 Edition. There was also a race-prepped version of that, which you could buy. There is, however, a much rarer version of the Mercedes SLR McLaren, which was presented in a “Seen through Glass” video. It was developed by MSO (McLaren Special Operations) and now, one of the 25 made is for sale.

This Mercedes SLR McLaren by MSO is Rare, but Is it Worth Bugatti Chiron Money?
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A new more aerodynamic body kit and bespoke wheels set apart the MSO from your "average" SLR

This was actually the swan song of the SLR McLaren before it went away for good. At the time, Mercedes owned 40 percent of McLaren and the British supercar manufacturer was key in developing a proper Mercedes supercar. As the two companies parted ways, McLaren Special Operations decided to give the SLR a proper send-off.

The MSO treatment was actually a package, available for 25 lucky customers who wanted to upgrade their SLR, both in terms of aesthetics and performance.

The people at MSO have fitted a more aerodynamic body kit, including new front and rear bumpers, diffuser, hood, and a different grille. There’s also a titanium exhaust system and wheels, exclusive to the MSO.

This Mercedes SLR McLaren by MSO is Rare, but Is it Worth Bugatti Chiron Money?
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The engine was stock, although at least some of the 25 cars had a bespoke tune. It repordetly brought power over the 722 Edition’s 641 hp figure

Performance-wise, the MSO SLR has upgraded steering and suspension. Improved stopping power comes in the form of carbon-ceramic brakes. The MSO treatment has increased downforce by 20 percent while reducing weight by 110 pounds (50 kg). At least some of the 25 cars had an engine tune, which according to some makes it more powerful than the SLR 722 Edition’s 641-horsepower figure. This should mean a 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time of under 3.6 seconds and a top speed of over 209 mph (336 km/h).

Mercedes SLR McLaren by MSO specifications
Engine V-8
Power 641 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Torque 605 LB-FT @ 4,000 RPM
0 to 60 mph 3.6 seconds
Top Speed 209 mph
This Mercedes SLR McLaren by MSO is Rare, but Is it Worth Bugatti Chiron Money?
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This meant 0 to 60 mph in under 3.6 seconds and a 209+ mph top speed, all while sitting in comfort and luxury

This particular example is listed in Germany and is number 12 out of 25 MSO SLR McLarens. The asking price is €2,600,000 or $3.1 million, which is more than a Bugatti Chiron. If you had bought one new in 2009, it would have cost you $205,615. That’s roughly 15 times appreciation. The SLR McLaren MSO Edition is, arguably, much more obscure and bespoke, but is it worth going for it, instead of a much newer, much faster Bugatti Chiron?

Source: Agent 4 Stars

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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