The SLR was also made available in 2009 as an open-top limited-production model, the Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss. The SLR is a result of a collaboration between Mercedes-Benz and McLaren. SLR stands for "Sport Leicht Rennsport" (Sport Light Racing), homage to the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR which served as the inspiration for the SLR. The SLR is McLaren's second model in the "Ultimate Series" range, after the McLaren F1 in 1993.
This carbon fiber constructed, 617-horsepower exotic sport-GT is the product of the relationship between Mercedes-Benz and McLaren. The result is nothing less than astounding--lightning quick acceleration, optimum weight distribution, and unparalleled safety. The SLR is refined and stylish, but let’s not forget that barely tamed AMG twin screw powerplant, which is the heart and soul of this angry beast.
How many cars look like they’re going 200 mph standing still? When Mercedes teamed up with racing partner McLaren to build a no-holds-barred supercar, the result was phenomenal. Whether you consider the sinister grilles extracting air from the front wheel arches, or the carbon-fiber and aluminum construction that allow the big coupe to be incredibly light and strong, it is clear the SLR McLaren was built for one purpose: to make reaching its 207 mph terminal velocity look easy. Actually, make that two purposes, because if you blast through a few corners to get the brakes heated up, you’ll notice the turbine-inspired alloy wheels illuminated by the orange glow of superheated carbon-ceramic brake rotors that are capable of hauling the SLR down from astonishing speeds without fading. Crack a window to listen to the shriek of the twin-rotor supercharger feeding cold air to the big V8, and then close it to cruise in sporting comfort. It’s a fitting homage to the original Mercedes 300 SLR race cars that made famous racers like Stirling Moss unbeatable in the 1950s.
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