Back in the mid-1950s the three letters SLR acquired a hallowed status, as a Mercedes Benz racing car of that name set new standards in the world of high-class Gran Turismo vehicles. Visually breathtaking and, thanks to innovative technology, superior to its rivals in terms of performance and handling, it spawned a legend.
Mercedes Benz and McLaren have successfully imbued the new Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren (due to make its debut in autumn 2003) with the same charismatic qualities. Just like its legendary predecessor of 1955, this SLR incorporates new technological developments which are ahead of their time.
For evidence, simply take a glance under the bonnet at the Mercedes-AMG V8 powerplant. With its 5.5-litre displacement and screw-type compressor, the engine develops a peak output of 460 kW/626 hp and delivers its maximum torque of 780 Nm from 3250 rpm - a figure which remains constant across a broad engine speed range of up to 5000 rpm. With this kind of power under the bonnet, the Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren delivers performance figures which are among the best in itS-Class: this high-performance sports car takes just 3.8 seconds to sprint from 0 to 62.5 mph, it passes the 124 mph mark after 10.6 seconds, and from a standing start it takes just 28.8 seconds to reach 186 mph. The two-seater has a top speed of 208 mph (334 km/h) (provisional figure).