Road Tests Real world tests of SLR McLaren vs CLK GTR

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

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Faster top speed 207 mph vs 198 mph 9 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Car-autoblog view of Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR

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Much more expensive sticker price $1.70M vs $455k Around 3.8x more expensive harder to own
Faster to 60mph 3.2 s vs 3.6 s More than 10% faster to 60mph
Bigger engine 6,898 cc vs 5,400 cc Around 30% bigger engine

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

SLR McLaren  vs
CLK GTR 
Brand Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz
Price 455,000 1,700,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2003-2009 2002

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 6.04 lb/hp 5.87 lb/hp
Maximum hp 617 HP @ 6,500 RPM 612 HP @ 6,800 RPM
Maximum torque 577 ft-lb @ 1,750 RPM 571 ft-lb @ 5,250 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 5,400 cc 6,898 cc
Cylinders V8 V12
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 8.8:1 10.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.82 in / 3.62 in 3.5 in / 3.64 in
Valvetrain Single overhead camshaft (SOHC) DOHC
Valves per cylinder 3 4

road tests

SLR McLaren  vs
CLK GTR 
Top speed 207 mph 198 mph
0-60mph 3.6 s 3.2 s

transmission

Drivetrain Rear wheel drive RWD
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: 0.87:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Front wheels 457/? 229 457/? 267
Rear wheels 457/? 292 457/? 318

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,725 lb 3,594 lb
Width 75.1 in 76.8 in
Height 49.6 in 43.3 in
Length 183.3 in 191.1 in
Front track width 64.5 in 65.6 in
Wheelbase 106.3 in 105.1 in
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