The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren was an expensive supercar that boasted a top speed in excess of 200 mph and could sprint from zero to 60 mph in under 4 seconds. Unless you were a CEO or media mogul, the SLR was unlikely to show up on your shopping list, as a new one cost around a half-million dollars. It's equally unlikely that you'll ever even see one, since overall sales numbers for the North American market were only in the hundreds before the car was discontinued in 2009.
In a nod to the original 300 SLR, the SLR McLaren featured doors that swing forward and up in a sort of gullwing-scissor combination. The interior included plentiful aluminum and carbon-fiber trim. Very fast and very expensive, the SLR McLaren was more of a toy for the ultra-rich than anything else. Its place in the Mercedes family has since been taken by the SLS AMG.
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At the end of its run, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren was available as a two-seat soft-top convertible in either base or limited-edition 722 S trim. The base SLR's hand-built 5.4-liter supercharged V8 pumped out 617 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission sent power to the rear wheels and featured a shift-it-yourself feature with steering-wheel-mounted paddles. According to Mercedes-Benz, the standard SLR could achieve a top speed of 206 mph and go from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. Since that clearly wasn't enough speed for some folks, the 722 S ramped up output to 650 hp.
The SLR offered a high level of comfort and luxury features considering its supercar pedigree. The seats were covered with Alcantara suede, and a Bose surround-sound stereo with six-CD changer was included, as were adaptive cruise control and dual-zone climate control. There were three soft-top convertible color choices. Carbon-ceramic antilock brakes with brake assist were standard, as was a rear-deck-mounted airbrake that automatically deployed under aggressive braking.
The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren was introduced for 2005 in a two-seat coupe body style only. For 2007, the SLR McLaren could only be had as the 722 Edition coupe. The 722 name comes from the car driven by Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson in the Mille Miglia race in 1955 (they were piloting a 300 SLR). Only 25 722 Edition coupes were imported into the United States, so finding one will be rather difficult. Nevertheless, this special edition featured a more powerful version of the SLR's V12 that made 641 hp and 605 lb-ft of torque. It also received larger brakes, an adjustable rear spoiler, firmer suspension dampers, a slightly lower ride height, a carbon-fiber front air splitter, carbon-fiber seats and cockpit trim, red stitching and gauge faces, and "722" badges and embroidery. From 2008 onward, a roadster replaced the coupe as the only available SLR body style. The 722 S roadster appeared for 2009.
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