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Our vehicle for today is the gorgeous Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. Most of you may not be familiar with this amazing vehicle so please allow us to indulge you.
The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is an iconic grand tourer that was produced as a result of a partnership between German automaker Mercedes-Benz and British automaker McLaren. Mercedes-Benz owned a 40% percent stake in McLaren during that period. The SLR was produced from 2003 until 2010. The ‘SLR’ stands for Sport Leicth Rennsport. Which means Sport Light Racing, in english. The grand tourer was offered in both coupe and convertible forms. A more aggressively designed version was unveiled in 2009 which is known as the 722s. And a special edition version known as the Stirling Moss was created to pay homage to one of Mercedes-Benz’s greatest racing drivers.
Now let us look at it’s design.
As vehicle with it’s design inspired by it’s racing ancestory, the SLR takes it inspiration from the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR. It’s body is made of carbon fiber to reduce weight. It has a long hood which opens forward and then tilts. The SLR has round headlights which are similar to those found on the some old Mercedes-Benz sedans from the 90’s. It’s rear as well as it’s taillights resembles that of most Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Unlike most vehicles which normally have their exhaust pipes at the rear of the car, the SLR has its exhaust at the side behind the front wheels.
The SLR has a normal low stance which makes it drivable on most roads except rocky terrains. In place of normal doors, the SLR boasts elegant gullwing doors which further asserts it’s beauty although it can pose a problem with entry and exit when the luxury grand tourer is parked close to other vehicles.
Air extractors can be found on either side of the car behind the front wheels and on the hood. It has turbine inspired rims. Its trunk is a bit shorter than other vehicles in order to keep it overall design proportionate due to the fact that it has a long hood. The trunk also houses a rear spoiler which functions as an airbreak when the SLR needs to decelerate at high speeds.
Like most luxury grand tourers out there, the SLR has an ergonomic but luxurious interior. There is a stereo as well as aircon. The seats are covered in quality stitched leather. The steering wheel seems a little bigger although it does not fall out of place. One of it’s coolest features is the engine start button which is hidden behind a flap on top of the gearstick, similar to something you would see in a fighter jet.
The SLR’s stereo controls are also hidden behind a flap on the center console with the SLR name on it. There are more controls which can be found behind the gearstick. Stereo controls can also be found on the steering wheel.
The SLR is powered by a 5.4liter supercharged v8 engine which is handbuilt just like most Mercedes-Benz engines. It produces 617 horsepower which are sent to the rear wheels since the SLR is a rear wheel drive grand tourer. The SLR uses a 5 speed automatic transmission.
The SLR can acelerate from 0 to 100km in 3.8secs and has a top speed of over 334km/h. It is fitted with carbon ceramic brakes for deceleration.
Pricing and Status
When it was first unveiled in 2003, the SLR had a pricetag of $468.000 dollars which is equivalent to 2.747.000 cedis. It’s price has since gone up due to it being regarded as a collector item today. Finding one in pristine condition could cost more than $600.000.
We believe that it’s price on the used market could soon hit the million dollar mark.
The SLR is surely a great grand tourer which deserves praises for it’s beautiful design and performance. When we finally have $600.000 to throw around soon, we will certainly acquire one for our garage. You should probably do the same before the pricing goes through the roof.
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