A study of a GT sports car for the 21st century

9 – 18 January 1999. At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan/USA, Mercedes-Benz presents the Vision SLR, a study of a GT sports car for the 21st century.

They introduced the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren in 2004

Der neue Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren trifft die legendären SLR – Modelle aus den Fünfzigerjahren

2004, the SLR McLaren created a distinctive image

When they introduced the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren in 2004, the Stuttgart-based brand and its then Formula 1 partner McLaren underlined their long-standing experience in the development and production of high-performance sports cars. The two-seater, with its distinctive gullwing doors and style elements borrowed from the Formula 1 Silver Arrows, built on the legacy of the legendary SLR race cars of the 1950s. Equipped with cutting-edge race car technology and groundbreaking new Mercedes-Benz developments, designed to ensure a high standard of safety and everyday practicality, the SLR McLaren created a distinctive image for itself as a 21st-century Gran Turismo – a thrilling synthesis of tradition and innovation. The car was produced in the English town of Woking, near London.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – Das Design

From 0 to 100 km/h took 3.8 seconds

The 460 kW (626 hp) V8 engine in the SLR McLaren, the first eight-cylinder engine to be completely developed by Mercedes‑B enz AMG, offered power in abundance and high-tech from the world of motorsport, making it perfect for the new Gran Turismo’s high-performance concept. The SLR powerplant delivered over 600 newton metres of torque from as low as 1500 rpm; the peak torque of 780 newton metres was available from 3250 rpm and remained constant across a broad engine speed range up to 5000 rpm. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h took 3.8 seconds. The top speed was 334 km/h.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster

Around 2000 SLR McLaren models were produced

The SLR family had produced five thrilling models – two coupé variants, two roadster versions and the uncompromisingly sleek SLR Stirling Moss. In December 2009, Mercedes‑Benz and McLaren’s production of the SLR model series came to an end. The project had been conceived from the outset as a limited edition, produced within a specific time frame. In total, around 2000 SLR McLaren models were produced – a significantly higher number than for any other super sports car in this category.

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Ockhuisen Collection Team

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