Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
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(2,157 produced)
AssemblyWoking, Surrey, England
DesignerGorden Wagener (1998)
Yoon Il-hun (Stirling Moss)
Body and chassis
ClassGrand tourer (S)
Body style2-door coupé
2-door roadster
2-door speedster (Stirling Moss)
LayoutFront mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Engine5.4 L (5,439 cc) supercharged M155 SLR V8
Power output626 PS (460 kW; 617 hp)
780 N⋅m (575 lbf⋅ft)
Transmission5 speed automatic
Wheelbase2,700 mm (110 in)
Length4,656 mm (183.3 in)
Width1,908.5 mm (75.14 in)
Height1,261 mm (49.6 in)
2006–08: 1,252 mm (49.3 in)
Curb weight1,743–1,768 kg (3,843–3,898 lb) [2]
1,791.5 kg (3,950 lb) (SLR Roadster)[3]
SuccessorMercedes-Benz SLS AMG

The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren (C199 / R199 / Z199) is a grand tourer jointly developed by German automotive manufacturer Mercedes-Benz and British automobile manufacturer McLaren Automotive and sold from 2003 to 2010. When the car was developed, Mercedes-Benz owned 40 percent of the McLaren Group and the car was produced in conjunction between the two companies.SLR is an abbreviation for "Sport Leicht Rennsport" (Sport Light Racing), a homage to the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR which served as the car's inspiration.[4] The car was offered in coupé, roadster and speedster bodystyles with the latter being a limited edition model.

The SLR was succeeded by the SLS AMG in 2010.


Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

At the 1999 North American International Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz presented their Vision SLR concept, inspired both by the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé of 1955,[4] which was a modified Mercedes-Benz W196S race car, and the design of closed-wheel Formula One cars, a field in which Mercedes had prior experience, as Mercedes-Benz were already designing and developing powertrains and electronics for McLaren's Formula One Team. The car was presented as "Tomorrow Silver Arrow" in a clear reference to the Silver Arrows of the golden age of Mercedes in competition during the fifties. Later that year, during the Frankfurt Motor Show, a roadster version of the SLR concept was presented. The concept car was fitted with a 5.0-litre supercharged AMG V8 engine able to generate a power output of 565 PS (416 kW; 557 hp) and 720 N⋅m (531 lb⋅ft) of torque at 4,000 rpm, mated to a 5-speed automatic gearbox with Touchshift control.

Wanting to bring the concept to production following its positive reception, Mercedes joined forces with their Formula One partner, McLaren, thus creating the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. The production version of the car was unveiled to the general public on 17 November 2003 having some minor design adjustments in respect of the initial design. The adjustments included more complex vents on both sides of the car, a redesigned front with the three pointed star plunged in the nose and red tinted rear lights.

The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren saw a production run of over six years. On 4 April 2008, Mercedes announced it would discontinue the SLR. The last of the coupés rolled off the production line at the end of 2009 and the roadster version was dropped in early 2010. Due to the automatic gear box, front mid-engine arrangement, and its driving characteristics, some automotive journalists classify the SLR McLaren as a grand tourer, whose rivals would include automobiles such as the Aston Martin DBS V12 and the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano.

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