2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster
0-60 time:3.8 sec.
Top Speed:206 mph
Mercedes-Benz will in future also market its SLR McLaren super sports car in the form of a roadster with a top. In common with Formula 1 vehicles of today, it, too, will be made of carbon fibre, a material that will endow the vehicle with a very high degree of safety as well as extreme torsional stiffness at the same high level as the coupé version. This gives rise, in combination with the racing-type chassis, to outstanding ride characteristics.
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This Mercedes SLR McLaren by MSO is Rare, but Is it Worth Bugatti Chiron Money?
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.
Meet an Ultra-Rare SLR McLaren
The Mercedes SLR McLaren started out as Vision SLR concept, unveiled at the 1999 North American International Car Show. The goal was to showcase what Mercedes had learned from their F1 engine supplier, McLaren. Then, they decided to put the car into production. Between 2003 and 2009, 2,157 cars were made in total. Over the years, a couple of special versions appeared, such as the 722 and Stirling Moss. The YouTube channel “Seen through Glass” is showing us another one, even more exclusive than the others.
New Rendering Imagines a Modern Mercedes SL McLaren And We Want One
We were blessed with cars since the late 19th century. Up to this point, we’ve had the pleasure of witnessing, touching, and even driving some epic stuff. We’ve also seen many epic comebacks and spiritual successors of legendary cars. With this in mind, the Mercedes SLR McLaren is one of those cars that, we think, deserves a reboot. Apparently, concept artist Georgi Bozhkov thinks the same, as he is introducing us to one of his latest works.
Can the Lexus LFA Beat a Mercedes SLR McLaren 722S In a Drag Race?
Lexus introduced the uber-cool LFA sports car back in 2010. The Japanese automaker built just 500 examples of this beauty, but surprisingly, there are a few of them – less than 10 – still sitting pretty at the dealerships. Anyway, the folks at Lovecars managed to get one of them and pit it against the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722S in a drag race. Do you think the Japanese can trump its German counterpart?
Does an Old-School Mercedes SLR McLaren Hold Up Against a McLaren 540C?
We’ve seen our fair share of drag races this year, possibly because there’s not much else to do with the coronavirus pandemic still raging all over world. We’ve seen all sorts of combinations, too, but what we haven’t seen is a generational drag race between two supercars that trace their roots to the same origin, or at least one of them does.
This is a race between the McLaren 540C, the British automaker’s supposed entry-level supercar, and the iconic Mercedes SLR McLaren, considered by many as the product of one of the greatest automotive collaborations in recent memory.
Amazing Car for Sale: 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss
Nostalgia is a strong tool in marketing and when you’re Mercedes-Benz you’ve got a huge bank of memories to fall back on, a seemingly endless catalog of legendary models and memorable milestones and otherwise remarkable achievements, some of the more incredible having been achieved in the world of racing.
Among Mercedes’ finest days in the sun on the circuits of the world is the day when a journalist accompanied a then-up-and-coming driver to win a road race in Italy. The men were Denis Jenkinson and Stirling Moss and the car was the 300 SLR. 45 years after that victory for the ages in the Mille Miglia, Mercedes-Benz paid tribute to Moss, to Jenks, and to the SLR by building this, the SLR McLaren Stirling Moss.
Can the Mercedes SLR McLaren Beat a Couple of Modern Supercars in a Drag Race?
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.
This Mercedes SLR-AMG Concept Rendering Is What the Next-Gen AMG GT Should Be
The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren was, if you wish, an example of fusion (car) food done right. A stint between Mercedes-Benz and McLaren, the SLR had one paramount task - two, in fact.
On one hand, it had to pay proper respect to the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, while on the other, it had to generate F1 race car-level thrills on public road even for the noob driver. For that, it packed a 617-horsepower supercharged V-8 and an all-carbon fiber chassis, among other delicacies.
AMG GT Silver Echo: A Modern Mercedes SLR Rendering That Pays Tribute to Stirling Moss
Legendary racing driver Sir Stirling Moss passed away on April 12, at the age of 90. The Brit became an icon in the 1950s when he raced in Formula One and competed in major series that included the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 12 Hours of Sebring, and Mille Miglia. He won important races for a variety of automakers, including the 1955 Mille Miglia in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR. In the same year, he raced the iconic Mercedes W196 in Formula One. This collaboration was revived in 2009 when Moss helped the Germany company create the limited-edition Mercedes SLR McLaren Stirling Moss. 11 years have passed since then, and auto design Costas Phouphoullides rendered a modern version of that car to pay one final tribute to Moss.
Mercedes Has Trademarked the "SLR" Name, Hinting at the Return of a Legend
Three letters: S, L, and R. Together they stand for ’Sport Leicht-Rennen/Sport Light-Racing’ or, to put it simply, some of the most amazing cars ever to welcome the Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star logo. Now, apparently, Mercedes is trademarking the name again, and this could mean a revival is just around the corner.
Mercedes-Benz’s current flagship sports car is the AMG GT, but little over a decade ago, the German manufacturer was close friends with McLaren, who was also receiving Merc power for its F1 program, and the two entities came together to create the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. It was a swanky grand tourer, bigger and bolder and much faster than the SL. It nodded to a past name in the company’s history, a tainted one that, nonetheless, earned its right to be in the pantheon of legends. On March 1st, a law firm on behalf of Daimler filed for the rights on the ’SLR’ moniker with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and this got everyone thinking.
Unveiled earlier in 2015, the Mercedes-AMG GT marked the beginning of a new era for the German manufacturer, which replaced the SLS AMG with a slightly smaller sports car aimed at the popular Porsche 911. However, it seems that Stuttgart is still pondering a supercar, in the form of a spiritual successor to the SLR McLaren.
According to Auto Bild, Mercedes could launch the second-generation SLR in 2018. But unlike the original car, which was co-developed with McLaren and powered by a supercharged V-8, the new supercar will sport a hybrid drivetrain. Details are scant, but the German outlet says Mercedes is considering two possibilities.
The first one is a front-engined vehicle with a supercharged V-6 spinning the rear wheels and an electric motor in charge of the front axle. This model would have a total output of 650 PS (641 horsepower) and a production run of about 3,000 units per year. The sports car will cost between €250,000 and €300,000 ($265,400 to $318,400).
The second option considered by AMG engineers is a mid-engined hypercar that would fit in the same niche as the Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1. This one would have enhance aerodynamics, a composite construction with several carbon-fiber components, a supercharged V-8 engine, and two electric motors. With an output of around 1,050 horsepower, the mid-engined SLR should fetch in excess of €1 million ($1.06 million). Production will reportedly be limited to 500 to 750 units.
Regardless of its configuration, the supercar will be offered as both a coupe and roadster, with a Black Series version and a track-prepped GT3 variant to follow.
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When a batch of spy shots from our trusty paparazzi hits our inbox, we usually get photos of the latest mule or prototype of a future car. This time around, however, we received a special treat in the form of four rare Mercedes-McLaren supercars worth in excess of $3 million. Specifically, our spy photographers spotted three SLR Stirling Moss cars and an SLR Roadster 722 S in one place. There’s no info as to how these gorgeous supercars got together, but it looks like an owner’s meeting of some sort. And given these two models were built in very limited quantities, this is a rare occurrence.
As a refresher, the SLR Stirling Moss and the Roadster 772 S, both based on the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, were launched in 2009. Inspired by the classic 300 SLR race car, the Stirling Moss was dedicated to the famed Scottish driver and featured a supercharged V-8 engine rated at 640 horsepower. All 75 units were offered only to SLR owners. The Roadster 722 S, also built to honor Stirling Moss, was a limited edition of the 722 coupe. Production was limited to only 150 examples, which were sold to carefully selected customers.
Considering the SLR Stirling Moss sold for over $800,000 and the Roadster 722 S fetched at least $500,000 at launch, the pack of Mercs you’re looking at was worth more than $3 million back in 2009, and likely a lot more six years later.
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Before McLaren began manufacturing their own supercar, they collaborated with Mercedes-Benz and came up with the 600-plus horsepower McLaren Mercedes SLR. A limited number of cars went on sale in the first half the previous decade. A later iteration of SLR was a special edition called the SLR 722 Edition.
It was named "722" as a tribute to Stirling Moss’ Mercedes 300 SLR no.722 that won the 1955 Mille Miglia. They also made roadster based on the 722 Edition. In 2009, a limited-run 722S made its debut. Only 150 units were ever produced. One of them is now up for sale in the U.K.
The current ownquoting $493,000 (approx. as per current exchange rates). The car’s run just 845 miles and is one of just 150 examples making it among the prized selections
Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes McLaren SLR 722S
The Mercedes SLR McLaren went out of production in 2010 when it was replaced by the SLS AMG sports car. This doesn’t mean that tuners totally forgot about the mighty Mercedes, and proof of that comes from Famous Parts, which released a sweet tuning kit based on the SLR McLaren Roadster.
No updates were necessary under the hood, as despite being a decade old, the SLR McLaren is still plenty powerful. It was powered by a supercharged V-8 with a total output of 626 horsepower — 650 horsepower if you were lucky enough to get the SLR "722 Edition". With this potent powerplant in tow, the SLR McLaren remains more powerful than many supercars of today.
Because of this mighty V-8, the tuner decided to add a set of wheels from ADV.1, add a custom suspension system and install a lightweight exhaust.
Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster by Famous Parts.
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.
Watching this video may incite some ever growing jealousy for the people lucky enough to get behind the wheel of these bad boys. The supercars are all part of the Chinese Sportscar Club (SCC), which got together on an airstrip to show off their rides. The list of the supercars is intense, including a Ferrari Enzo, a Pagani Zonda F/R and Cinque, a Mercedes SLR, a Mercedes SLS, a Ferrari F430, a Ferrari 458 Italia, tons of Lamborghini models, an Aston Martin, and our favorite, the Koenigsegg Agera.
The sheer monetary value of the collected supercars is enough to induce drool.
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.
In it, you will see the one-off Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster LP640 "Versace Edition", a Ferrari Enzo, Porsche Carrera GTs in black, purple, and gold, a Lexus LF-A, a Nissan GT-R, a Lamborghini Murcielago SV, a Mercedes SLR, a Porsche 911 Turbo, a Lamborghini Gallardo Balboni Edition, and well we could go on and on like this forever.
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 theirfirst 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.
It was only a few days ago that we revealed the incredible package provided by Edo Competition for the Koenigsegg CCR and now it seems as if that project was a mere warmup for the tuning firm. Edo Competition has now come out with their "Edo SLR Black Arrow" program for the Mercedes SLR. Their package includes a significant power increase, as well as impressive exterior and interior modifications.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the Mercedes SLR "Black Arrow" looks to have taken its inspiration from the 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR "722 Edition", but it sure does take a lot of paint to make it obvious. Splattered along the doors and hood is the number "722" in bright red. This number refers to what’s bucking underneath the hood. The SLR’s V8 engine and supercharges it up to 722 HP, up from the standard 650 HP. With the new output, the Black Arrow will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, while top speed is limited to 214 mph.
Hit the jump to read more about the Edo Competition SLR Black Arrow.
When Mercedes revealed the SLR McLaren Stirling Moss back in 2009, they also announced that it would be limited to only 75 units. Basically, what this meant was that any chances we had to actually own one were, well, limited.
Thankfully, car owners everywhere have that great little trait embedded in their brains that allow them to tire of their limited edition models. Crazy, we know, but also fabulous for the opportunistic buyers out there with $1,750,000 burning a hole in their pockets. If you happen to be one of these people, then we suggest you head on over to Miami to snatch up this exquisite ride. Unfortunately, this vehicle was a little too rich for our blood when it debuted with a price tag of $1.07 million, so the inflation in price doesn’t bode well for our bank accounts.
The specific model up for sale comes equipped with 19" Stirling Moss wheels, a brake system with red calipers, seat and passenger seats in size L, and only a few miles on the odometer. The McLaren comes painted in a Crystal Laurit silver combined with a ’silver arrow’ red interior.
As for the power behind the SLR Stirling Moss, the V8 supercharged engine does its job breaking out 650hp with an insane 217mph top speed and a 0-60mpg sprint in 3.5 seconds.
Earlier today we brought news of a Wheelsandmore tuning package for the Mercedes SLS AMG, now it’s time for its ancestor to get our attention. Well, actually, it got the attention of the very same tuner, who seems to show the same interest for the old McLaren SLR, both the standard and the SLR 722 S.
Out of the two vehicles featured, the most impressive package belongs to the 722 S version, where the addition of optimized control electronics, a change in compression ratio, and a completely hand-made, improved exhaust system with radio remote-controlled exhaust valves, the vehicle’s output is increased to an impressive 730 HP (up from standard 650 HP). However, the increase for the standard SLR isn;t too shabby either with a bump to 680hp. Top speed for the 722 S is now 213 mph and 211 mph for the standard SLR.
Next to these amazing engine upgrades, the tuner is also offering a racing chassis, new 20" in-house forged wheels, and carbon fiber components for the interior.
There was an undeniable buzz heard at the floor of the Essen Motor Show when a familiar supercar that was supposed to have been discontinued a year ago was spotted with its sharp hood and smiling mug sticking out for the entire audience.
We are, of course, talking about the Mercedes SLR McLaren.
Apparently, the famous supercar is not ready to call it a day yet after word quickly spread that Mercedes may soon release 25 limited edition models of the very same car that was displayed at Essen.
Not much is known about what kind of package the limited run SLR McLaren is going to come in, but judging from the car that was being displayed, it looks like there will be a number of modifications, including a redesigned bumper with some pretty enormous air intakes. Over on the side we noticed the conspicuous absence of the two chromed rods on the side intakes. The limited edition SLR also looks to have a new set of rims with an upgraded braking system that consequently also has new ceramic brake discs. As for the powertrain, word has it that it will retain the same 5.4-liter V8 engine that produces 626 horsepower, similar to the one found in the previous model.
That’s as much as we were able to dig up on this surprising limited edition supercar. Heck, we couldn’t even get an estimated price tag on this one, but we’re nevertheless confident that more details will pop out as soon as the rest of the automotive world gets a hold of this surprising news.
There are cars that are blinged-up and there are cars that are absolutely, totally, incredibly blinged-up. Care to venture a guess where this McLaren SLR falls?
While you struggle to comprehend the absurdity of this shiny piece of metal, we’re going to give you all the details. This is the McLaren SLR, a car that has been given a gold-plated finish that weighs over 5kg and is adorned by over 600 rubies with some measuring over 35mm in diameter. And here we thought cars like these only came in scale models.
The car that comes with more jewelry than Mr. T is the work of Suisse designer Ueli Anliker and is scheduled to make an appearance at the Dortmund MY CAR tuning event today at Dortmund, Germany where it is expected to be the show’s crown jewel – no pun intended. Anliker specializes in jewelry-encrusting vehicles with this latest project taking over 30,000 man-hours to finish. We don’t know if the car is going to be for sale, but insurers have estimated the car – with all that gold and rubies – to be worth somewhere around $5.2 million.
If this car does end up being for sale, we don’t know anybody who’d be willing to fork over that much money for one car, especially one that’s going to attract quite a lot of attention - and that’s putting it lightly.
The Mercedes SLR is already out of production, but like all the good cars out there, the interest for it is still very high. And since there were only 1500 units produced, we can see why. The car looks amazing straight from the factory, but even small changes can make the car look even more fabulous.
The German tuner, Rensson, is offering just that with a series of exterior changes that make the SLR look like a "black devil." The package includes the bodykit from the Mansory Renovatio for a more brutal appearance and is combined with enormous slippers from Project Kahn. Next to those changes, the tuner is also offering side air intakes and a new carbon fiber interior with Alcantara inlays.
As for the engine, the 626 HP V8 supercharged engine is just more than enough for a supercar like this. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is still made in 3.8 seconds and top speed is 207 mph.
Okay, listen, if you’ve ever heard of a little sport called basketball, then you have no doubt heard of a certain player that goes by the name of Michael Jordan. Yes, the one and the only, Michael Jordan. Turns out, this very same dribbling, dunking, tongue-hanging-out, Space Jam star who has an elite line of basketball shoes himself has an equally impressive vehicle that is currently on sale on eBay. Oh yeah, this car also happens to be the hot, limited edition Mercedes SLR 722. Wait, yeah, perfection has raised its hand to say hello.
The SLR 722 Edition is powered by a 5.5-liter V8 supercharged engine that delivers 640 Hp and 820 NM of torque. The result is an impressive 0 to 60 mph time of 3.6 seconds, a 0 -124 mph time of 10.2 seconds, and a 0 to 186 mph time of 28.0 seconds. Top speed is 209 mph.
Modifications made to the car include: 19-inch light-alloy wheels, modified suspensions, with a stiffer damper setup and 10 mm (0.39 in) lower ride height introduced for improved handling, larger 390 mm (15 in) diameter front brakes and a revised front air dam and rear diffuser, red "722" badge, hearkening back to the original 722 racer, and slightly different taillights and headlamps.
The former NBA star rocket is being sold by A&M Auto Export for about $50,000 less than what the base SLR 722 sold for back in 2007. But at $429,998, this vehicle is more than worth it considering all of the modifications that were added plus the low mileage (odometer reads 962 miles). That, and the fact that the man himself had to sign the title for the vehicle. A rare and beautiful car and an autograph.
At the Nurburgring Nordshleife Public day, the awe inspiring SLR Stirling Moss edition turned up to do a lap or two of the infamous Nordschleife, a very noble cause considering the many dangers on the Northloop, and the whopping 750k euro price tag.
The car was inspired by the 1955 300 SLR that Moss guided to the Mille Miglia record of ten hours & seven minutes and 48 seconds.
The power unit consists of a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 from the SLR 722 edition, meaning there’s a whopping 641bhp and 605lb ft, taking the speedster to 62mph in sub 3.5sec and onto a Vmax of 217mph.
The performance is a level above that of the rest of the Mercedes McLaren range thanks to a handy weight loss regime, including a carbon fiber body shedding approximately 200kg from the Standard SLR.
Owners will be able to personally compare the two, as the 75 Stirling Moss editions are only available to current SLR owners.
It rounds off production of the SLR – the best selling supercar ever, at around 1700 units.
It’s also the end of the McMerc supercar partnership – the Germans are going their own way with theSLS and McLaren is making its first independent car since the legendary F1 in the form of the MP4-12C.
Speeding is one of the biggest factors that contributes to car accidents and probably the most tempting thing to do while operating a motor vehicle. No matter how enthralling an activity it may be, excessive speeding is just not smart. When people do stupid things, we are forced to show pictures like this.
It displeases us to present you with such horrific pictures. The disturbing images seen here are of a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren crash that took place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia about three days ago. The driver of the car was speeding through a corner and suddenly lost control going head to head with the pavement. Apparently, this man wanted to dance with the devil and the devil, not so politely, rejected the invitation by slamming him to a stop. Miraculously, the man was unharmed during this debacle.
We’d like to thank our tipster for these exclusive photos!
Mika Hakkinen is no stranger to sitting behind the wheel of a high-powered Mercedes. After his time with McLaren Mercedes where he won two Formula One Drivers Championships, the retired Hakkinen is still involved with Mercedes at some capacity or another.
This time, Hakkinen finds himself on the driver’s seat of a Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss Edition where he is filming what looks to be a new commercial in Barcelona. We can’t say that we’re not envious of the guy who probably has one of these rare SLRs – only 75 were made at a price tag of over $1 million - in his garage.
No details apart from these photos reveal anything about the commercial that’s being shot, although the presence of two cheeky cars – an Opel Astra Coupe and a car that the producers would want you to believe is a Ferrari (nice try!) – suggests that this commercial might have a ridiculous supporting cast to the SLR Stirling Moss.
We sincerely hope that those cars aren’t part of the commercial and they just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Photos courtesy of Lluis Comas
As you know by now the Mercedes SLR (the legendary name simply stands for "sporty", "light" and "raceworthy") will go out of production. First launched in 2004, the SLR was never a very successful model; there’s an overall of 2000 units produced. The last units to be produced are the Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss.
During its life time, the SLR was offered in two coupes, two roadster versions and finally the SLR Stirling Moss limited to only 75 units. Production of the SLR series will then cease at the end of 2009.
Press release after the jump.
It seems that the Volcano is a very successful model for Hamann. After the first white model and the Red Edition revealed at the Frankfurt Show, the German tuner has also created a Yellow Edition. besides the paint scheme it brings no modifications to the Volcano supercar.
The Volcano is powered by a 5.4 Liter V8 boosted from 626 HP all the way up to a clean 700 HP, this drops .2 seconds off the car’s 0 to 60 MPH time which now clocks in at 3.6 seconds and is able to reach a top speed of 216 MPH.
The tuning kit also includes a new front spoiler, a redesigned rear bumper, new side sills, a big rear wing spoiler, a new rear bumper with integrated air diffuser and 21 inch Edition Race wheels.
A few days ago, we reported on that brand-new Mercedes SLR McLaren – it was a day old – getting smashed into smithereens after it’s driver, a 23-year old guy that had too much bravado for his own good, engaged in a street race with a Ferrari 599 GTB.
We all know how that turned out.
The SLR was sent careening into the opposite side of the road where it ended up colliding with several oncoming cars. Fortunately for all parties concerned, nobody was seriously hurt, although the SLR did have a young kid in the passenger seat that suffered minor injuries.
As for the idiot driver, he reportedly fled the scene of the crash and didn’t show until 17 hours later because he ‘took the kid’ to the hospital.
Here’s to hoping he never, ever does that again.
No matter how expensive your car may be, it’s safety and well-being is still not exempt from people’s stupid decisions.
Take this guy from Poland for instance. A day after his father bought a 2008 Mercedes McLaren SLR, the 23-year old crashed the day-old vehicle into three other cars. While details surrounding as to how it happened are a mystery, the guy reportedly saw a Ferrari 599 GTB out on the road and decided to challenge the 599 to a good old fashion street race. Well, judging from the photos, we all know how that went.
It’s bad enough that the car costs around $700,000, but to make things worse, the schmuck was driving with a young child in the passenger seat. The poor kid ended up getting hurt from the vehicular mishap while the driver of the SLR went AWOL for almost 17 hours before showing up again.
We feel terrible for the SLR but in this particular case, our hearts go out to the young kid who got hurt because somebody was being an irresponsible adult.
The high performance tuning house Hamann has just unveiled the Volcano based on the McLaren SLR super car. The Volcano is powered by a 5.4 Liter V8 boosted from 626 HP all the way up to a clean 700 HP, this drops .2 seconds off the car’s 0 to 60 MPH time which now clocks in at 3.6 seconds and is able to reach a top speed of 216 MPH.
Aside from the bold new paint scheme, the Volcano wears an extremely aggressive body kit complete with bare carbon fiber fender flares and a very sharp front lip. Hamann even saw fit to incorporate a few stylish LED driving lights underneath the front air dam and a carbon fiber roof scoop up top. Now Hamann is typically known for their powerful creations, but this particular SLR is just completely over the top. What the heck. If you are going to introduce a new tuner car at the Frankfurt Motor Show, why not go all out.
FAB DESIGN, a Swiss-based custom design company, took a stab at fine-tuning an SLR McLaren and it is nothing short of jaw-dropping.
The model, which they’re billeting as ‘Desire’ veers away from the standard design elements of the original SLR McLaren to make it stand out in its own right. Both the front and the rear apron of the car have been drastically altered, making it stealthier than the original. Likewise, the people at FABS also widened the body panels, and added new side skirts, To top it off, they also built a rear spoiler to complete the makeover.
We’re telling you, if Batman needed another Batmobile, he should seriously consider giving these guys a call.
One of the most exclusive editions of the McLaren built SLR super car is currently being tested by the Mercedes Benz factory DTM driver Bruno Spengler. The topless SLR Stirling Moss is being limited to a very exclusive 75 units, each priced at a little over $1 Million. The SLR Stirling Moss comes with the proven 5.5 Liter supercharged V8 from the 722 SLR, which makes an earth shattering 650 HP. Without a windshield, this roadster gives new meaning to wind in your face and bugs in your teeth, and is still able to hit a top speed of 217 MPH.
The aftermarket manufacturer Project Kahn is no stranger to getting the most out of big money exotic vehicles. More recently the tuning firm has revealed a new customization kit for the most exclusive Daimler super car built to date, the Mercedes McLaren SLR. This modified Mercedes is called the SLR Carbon, and as the name suggests features a healthy diet of the lightweight wavy black stuff. Even the F1-X Carbon wheels, built for performance, are made up of a carbon fiber rim and a lightweight magnesium face. The result is an extremely attractive rim that tips the scales at around 25 pounds, allowing for the ultimate reduction of unsprung mass.
The English based design studio is also offering a few accessories to go along with your customized exotic import. Like a lightweight golfing umbrella complete with carbon fiber shaft and Kahn keyring, as well as a glossy piano black steering wheel or one finished in carbon fiber. If you want a little more go to accompany all that show, the tuners can squeeze an extra 60 HP out of the supercharged V8.
McLaren recently announced that the last production Mercedes SLR super cars will be painted in a familiar shade of orange. One of these models had a high speed drive up Lord March’s front drive this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The last SLR, numbered 2130, is in fact a 626 HP SLR 722S, one of those special edition Stirling Moss Mercedes roadsters limited to only 75 units; however this commemorative paint scheme makes this bright orange 200 MPH carbon fiber rocket ship will make this even more of a collector’s item.
McLaren and the orange paint scheme go way back, in fact it was first used to cover the 1967 M6A Can-Am racecar, and just so happened to be the fruit inspired color as the infamous McLaren F1 LM that a young Lewis Hamilton first spotted in his karting days and made McLaren Team Principal Ron Dennis promise to give it to the young Britton if he ever won a manufacturer’s title for the racing team’s Formula 1 effort. Needless to say, Lewis Hamilton now drives an orange race spec McLaren F1 LM.
These images show off the SLR 722S’s Sienna Pearl metallic paint, but the Tobacco Brown interior is still hidden away for another day. Although there do appear to be a pair of bright orange straps to hold you in place. The lively paint scheme is complimented by a set of very large multi spoke rims wrapped in what we can only expect to be some very pricey tires. Never before has the fender exit exhaust and smoked headlamp configuration looked so appropriate than on this final McLaren. No matter whether it was parked getting some air, or steaming up the hill, this orange SLR will certainly become a very desirable Mercedes Benz.
It was announced last July that the German automaker Mercedes Benz and the racecar constructers McLaren would soon be going their separate ways. This meant that the end was near for all variations of the SLR super car. However, before the two automotive giants part ways, they have decided to celebrate the by painting the last batch of SLR roadsters in McLaren’s signature racing livery.
The orange paint scheme was first used to cover the 1967 M6A Can-Am racecar, and is also the color of the McLaren F1 LM that Lewis Hamilton first saw in his karting days and made Ron Dennis promise to give it to the young Britton if he ever won the manufacturer a Formula 1 world championship. You should know how that played out.
However; the very last SLR Roadster will feature a deep copper color scheme called Sienna Pearl metallic and have a Tobacco Brown leather interior. The super car will be built for the U.S. market and ultimately auctioned off to help raise funds for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on November 20th.
Two examples of the ultra exotic roadster version of the already limited Stirling Moss inspired SLR have just been spotted in Europe. The 722 stepped up the SLR’s game by bringing carbon ceramic brakes and a new set of rollers and a reworked suspension to the table; the Mercedes SLR 722 S adds a convertible top to the package.
Just like the hard top, the 722 S is powered by a supercharged 5.5 Liter AMG V8 making 650 HP, this allows the drop top super car to accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in only 3.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 208 MPH. Mercedes and McLaren will only build 150 examples of the 722 S, so you should feel luck to have already seen 1/75th of the production run. It is interesting to note that although the vehicles were spotted in Europe, they both had Arabic tags, just goes to show where the future super car capitol of the world will be located.
Ueli Anlicker of Switzerland is out to prove money can’t buy sophistication. He may have finally hit this point home with a $4.3 million investment in a Mercedes SLR. Anlicker added rubies, real gold and even a functional bodykit, but unfortunately he left out one small element: style. The car is rumored to have 999 horsepower (382 more than the standard car,) which at least means it can get out of sight faster.
Like the golden Porsche, someone please steal this so the world doesn’t have to see it again.
The Middle East seems to love its gold cars. Earlier this week we saw the golden Bugatti Veyron in Kuwait, and now this gold Mercedes SLR McLaren was spotted in Dubai. Where the Bugatti had a somewhat tasteful paint job, this goes to another extreme with a shimmering body wrap and gold wheels.
No matter the opinion, the shop that did this seems to get plenty of work (check out the SLR Roadster and Bugatti Veyron in the background of one of the shots.)
There are not too many racing legends who get a special edition car named after them, especially living ones. Mercedes must really like Sir Stirling Moss because no only is the SLR Stirling Moss named after him, but also the the SLR 722 edition from 2006.
While it’s only a matter of time before Mercedes gets Moss behind the wheel of the car that bears his name, we’ll have to settle for some footage of Moss driving the 722 S for now. Watch as the greatest driver to never win the World Championship talks about today’s racing and drives the car that celebrates his #722 that won the 1955 Mille Miglia race.
Second video with Moss with Bernhard Langer at Augusta National Golf Club after the jump.
It only makes sense that Mercedes would choose Detroit in January to debut the windowless and topless SLR Stirling Moss edition, right? This snow-in-your-hair super roadster will make its first public showing at the North American International Auto Show.
The last and most extreme version of the Mercedes SLR will be limited to 75 units and cost €750,000 (about $1.07 million at direct current rates.) The only thing separating the drive from nature in this speedster is the sleek carbon fiber bodywork, and a tonneau cover that can be applied over the passenger area à la old school topless racers.
The SLR Stirling Moss comes with the 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.
More pics and press release after the jump
Mercedes has just revealed a new image gallery for the SLR Stirling Moss, the last variant of the carbon fiber bodied McLaren built supercar. The SLR Stirling Moss will have a limited production run of only 75 units, priced at around $1 Million each.
The super-roadster is powered by the 5.5-liter supercharged V8 from the 722 SLR, which generates 650 HP. With no glass surrounding the driver, this open air monster will can still reach a top speed of 217 MPH. Hold on to your toupee!
Just because the countries stop fighting doesn’t mean the individual soldiers won’t carry on. Earlier this week week AMG, Mercedes’ in-house tuner, called off the horsepower wars. Instead AMG will be putting its resources into weight reduction and engine dynamics. But that’s not stopping independent tuner Renntech from working on one beast of a machine.
Renntech is not some up-start company. Its been turning wrenches on Mercedes cars for about twenty years, and to celebrate this, Renntech released details on a concept car it calls the 777. The car upgrades many of the SLR’s body panels to make them lighter and more aerodynamic as well as adds large splitters, skirts, and a rear wing. The 777 also revises the SLR’s 5.5-liter supercharged V8. Renntech didn’t release the details of the engine upgrades, but it did confirm that the concept makes 777 hp (the SLR 722 makes 650 hp) and should be good for a top speed above 210 mph. Because this is for the twentieth anniversary, the production will be limited to twenty units.
Renntech president Hartmut Feyhl describes the 777 as, “A street-legal track car, or something closer to what the enthusiasts were hoping for from the SLR, originally - which is more a successor to the McLaren F1."
We say more power to Renntech, literally.
Press release after the jump.
M-B has no love for the USA. The 75 unit run of the Mercedes McLaren SLR Stirling Moss will all be sold only to Europe. Mercedes probably isn’t being mean, it just should have no trouble selling the handful of SLR Stirling Moss’ without having to leave the its home continent. Besides if someone in the rest of the world is wealthy enough to afford the $1.07 million price tag, he or she can probably figure out how to get it home.
The final version of the SLR comes with no roof, windshield or sideglass, but it does get the 650 hp 5.5-liter supercharged V8 from the 722 SLR. Without a windshield, this roadster can still hit a rip-your-face-off top speed of 217 mph. Production should begin in June, just in time for some blasting through the Alps.
We first saw pictures of the Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss edition last week, and now we get to see those pictures in motion. While the car isn’t doing much in the video, it does show how much Mercedes appreciated its racing history.
The final version of the SLR comes with no roof, windshield or sideglass. What it does get is the 650 hp 5.5-liter supercharged V8 from the 722 SLR. Production is limited to 75 units and cost €750,000 (about $1.07 million at direct current rates). After paying that kinda of cash, the well-heeled owners may want to make sure they have enough left over for a good helmet. The reported top speed of the SLR Stirling Moss is 217 mph.
The driver of this Mercedes SLR McLaren must be very happy with the large front end styling. It seems to have come in very handy when he hit a fully loaded van (loaded as in a full family, not leather seats.)
Until it had a run-in with the van, that SLR could have been worth as much as $400,000, but since the SLR is now only available as a roadster, it’s going to take about $500,000 to buy a new replacement. He should also probably hurry up, the SLR ends its 3500 unit run in this model year.
A couple of weeks ago we got the teaser video now we got the full info and plenty of pics of the new Hamann Volcano based on the Mercedes SLR.
Although the SLR is a car most of us would likely give certain parts of our anatomy for, THe people over at Hamann saw room for improvement. A good start was the 5.4-liter V8 engine was boosted from 626 to 700 hp. The new kit also includes a new front spoiler, a redesigned rear bumper, new side sills, a big rear wing spoiler and a new rear bumper with integrated air diffuser. To keep all this on the road, 21 inch Edition Race wheels fitted with 255/30ZR21 tires at the front and 345/25ZR21 at the back. All this creates a car that goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds (a 0.2 second improvement) with a limited top speed of 216 mph.
Inside the tuner added new carbon-fiber accessories, aluminium pedals and foot rests, new floor mats, sill protectors with Hamann logo and lots of Alcantara leather.
The car is no doubt impressive, but is it a case of too much? For instance was it really necessary to eliminate the retractable spoiler and attach the large rear wing?
Press release and full details after the jump.