Road Tests Real world tests of SLR McLaren vs Murciélago

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

Reasons to consider the
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More expensive sticker price $455k vs $311k More than 45% more expensive harder to own
More torque 577 ft-lb @ 1,750 RPM vs 487 ft-lb @ 6,000 RPM Around 20% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Side view of Lamborghini Murciélago

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Lamborghini Murciélago Roadster

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Bigger engine 6,496 cc vs 5,400 cc More than 20% bigger engine

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

SLR McLaren  vs
Murciélago 
Brand Mercedes-Benz Lamborghini
Price 455,000 311,100
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2003-2009 2004
Highest auction price 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Coupe, $242k, August 2011 2008 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, $253k, August 2009

design

Chief designer Gorden Wagener Luc Donckerwolke
Body style Coupe Fastback coupe

transmission

Drivetrain Rear wheel drive 4x4
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 5 6
Gear ratios
1: 3.56:1
2: 2.19:1
3: 1.41:1
4: 1:1
5: 0.83:1
6: 0.94:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc 15 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes Disc 14 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheels 457/? 229 245/35 18
Rear wheels 457/? 292 335/30 18

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,725 lb 3,671 lb
Width 75.1 in 81 in
Height 49.6 in 44.7 in
Length 183.3 in 181.5 in
Front track width 64.5 in 64.4 in
Wheelbase 106.3 in 104.9 in

road tests

SLR McLaren  vs
Murciélago 
Top speed 207 mph 211 mph
1/4 mile 11.6 s 11.5 s
0-60mph 3.6 s 3.6 s
0-100mph 7.4 s 7 s
0-200kph 10.7 s 10.2 s
Top gear time 1:20.90 1:19.80
20.6km nurburgring time 7:40.0 7:40.0
Hockenheim short lap time 1:13.50 1:11.80

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 6.04 lb/hp 5.81 lb/hp
Maximum hp 617 HP @ 6,500 RPM 632 HP @ 8,000 RPM
Maximum torque 577 ft-lb @ 1,750 RPM 487 ft-lb @ 6,000 RPM
Engine placement Front Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 5,400 cc 6,496 cc
Cylinders V8 V12
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 8.8:1 11:1
Bore/stroke 3.82 in / 3.62 in 3.46 in / 3.5 in
Valvetrain Single overhead camshaft (SOHC) Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC)
Valves per cylinder 3 4
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