Before you say anything yes, we know Mercedes no longer produce the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren edition. But as far as we’re concerned, the SLR remains one of the finest examples of automotive engineering to date.
A joint venture between German automotive titan Mercedes Benz and ultra high-performance automotive manufacturer McLaren, the Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren was a limited edition supercar produced between 2003 and 2010.
Whereas most supercars are forced to sacrifice comfort for performance, the SLR was the first of its kind to provide drivers with the best of both worlds. Inspired by the 1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SLR, the German juggernaut was first introduced to market in November 2003 with production limited to just 500 units a year.
The all-aluminum, hand-built, supercharged rocket was powered by a 5.5-liter V8 engine, capable of producing a staggering 617 horsepower. For durability Mercedes chose to go with a five-speed transmission rather than their standard seven-speed gearbox which was more complex and used more parts. Manufactured using Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastics (CFRP) in an attempt to keep the weight of the car at an all-time low, the SLR weighed a mere 1 and ½ tons.
In December 2010, more than a year after the SLR was discontinued; McLaren announced a final body conversion of the supercar. The 25-unit limited edition is based on any earlier variant of the SLR and includes revised bodywork (front and rear bumpers, grille, top shell, side gills, rear diffuser, rims) and interior parts, along with an updated steering, ungraded suspension components and a new sports exhaust.