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McLaren Unveils Limited Edition SLR McLaren Edition

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On: Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 4:09PM | By: Chris Weiss


McLaren Unveils Limited Edition SLR McLaren Edition

About this time last year, Mercedes/McLaren announced that it was working on the last of the the SLR Stirling Moss models. Introduced in January of last year, the Stirling Moss edition was a 75-example, sans-windshield roadster with a supercharged V8 engine worth 650 horses. As hot of a car as it was, the Stirling Moss was bittersweet: it marked the split of one of the most intriguing team-ups of the decade. Mercedes-Benz was working on its own SLS AMG gullwing and McLaren was reviving its badge with the MP4-12C (and some yet unseen family members). After five years and numerous terrible tunes, the ultra-premium supercar created by the two companies was to be no more.

Until this month. Last week, McLaren brought the SLR screaming back into the spotlight with a special edition that it calls the McLaren SLR Edition. The new tuned SLR will be produced in a limited batch of 25. McLaren showed it off at the Essen Motor Show.

There's no magic in the engine bay of the new special edition: the SLR Edition will get the standard SLR powertrain, a 620-hp 5.4-liter V8 engine. It will get some performance modifications in the form of enhanced aerodynamics, modified suspension, and revised steering.

Reports out of Essen are mixed as to whether this new special edition is an actual car or just an aftermarket kit marketed toward existing SLR owners. The original report from Autoblog Germany suggested that it is a full car offering, with 25 models planned. Later reports from publications, like Autocar, indicate a retro-fitted kit available to existing SLR owners. Certainly, McLaren will clarify in the near future.

Mercedes and McLaren opened up the SLR chapter in 2004 when they teamed to produce a supercar that could embody the spirit of Mercedes' SLR racing models from the 1950s. The original coupe earned its "sporty," "light" and "raceworthy" title with a front-mid-positioned V8 engine worth 620 horses and a race-inspired chassis. It was capable of hitting 62 mph in 3.8 seconds and topping out at 207 mph. And with its sporty profile, swing-up doors and Mercedes-badged grille, it looked damn good at a quarter of that speed. For $450,000 buyers should expect nothing less.

Mercedes/McLaren released five editions of the SLR between 2004 and 2009, including two coupes, two roadsters and the final Stirling Moss version. 2,000 models were built over that time period.

It's good to see the SLR again.




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