Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 

  • $455k built in England
  • 2003-2009
  • 617 HP 5.4L
  • 207 mph
Compared with the standard SLR, acceleration has improved from stunning to simply outrageous.
by MotorTrend (May, 2007)
It also gets bigger (15.4 inch) carbon front brakes, lighter wheels, aluminum shocks with 20-percent-stiffer damping, and a higher-downforce carbon-fiber front splitter paired with more angle on the movable rear spoiler.
by Car and Driver (May, 2007)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren


Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
3.6 s
Carrera GT
3.9 s

Top speed

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
207 mph


Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
7.4 s

Top Gear track time

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

1/4 mile

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
11.6 s
Carrera GT
11.4 s

Nurburgring time

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
Carrera GT

Data points Key details of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren


Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren


Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
617 HP
911 Turbo S S
530 HP

In The News From around the web


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It will be made of carbon fibre, a material that will endow the vehicle with a very high degree of safety as well as extreme torsional stiffness at the same high level as the coupe version.
This leads to outstanding ride characteristics of the kind otherwise found only in closed-top super sports cars.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
In addition to a whole series of other advantages over conventional steel designs, the lightweight nature of the material allows the suspension to react significantly faster and to respond more sensitively.
The design of the powerplant's oil cooling system is also based on experience gathered in the world of motor racing: a sophisticated dry sump lubrication system with an oil capacity of around eleven litres, combined with a five-stage oil suction pump and a two-stage oil pressure pump, ensures reliable lubrication under all on-road conditions.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Mercedes-Benz
Price $455,000
Type of car Production car
Year 2003-2009
Highest auction price 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Coupe, $242k, August 2011


Chief designer Gorden Wagener
Body style Coupe


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

suspension, wheels & brakes

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

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,725 lb
Width 75.1 in
Height 49.6 in
Length 183.3 in
Front track width 64.5 in
Wheelbase 106.3 in

road tests

Top speed 207 mph
1/4 mile 11.6 s
0-60mph 3.6 s
0-100mph 7.4 s
0-200kph 10.7 s
Top gear time 1:20.90
20.6km nurburgring time 7:40.0
Hockenheim short lap time 1:13.50

power & handling

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


Displacement 5,400 cc
Cylinders V8
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 8.8:1
Bore/stroke 3.82 in / 3.62 in
Valvetrain Single overhead camshaft (SOHC)
Valves per cylinder 3 valves
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