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The [WH]Y-Files: All-Chrome McMerc SLR Terrorizes London Streets

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On: Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 4:26PM | By: Chris Weiss


The [WH]Y-Files: All-Chrome McMerc SLR Terrorizes London Streets

The Mercedes SLR McLaren has been the subject victim of some of the worst tunes of all time. I actually did a list of terrible tunes a few years ago, and the SLR showed up for three of the 10. And if I updated that list today, a new Brabus SLR creation would bump one of those other choices right off the top 10 to make it four of 10.

Little is known about this Brabus tune, other than the fact that it was filmed driving around the streets of London. Oh yeah, and also it's inexplicably dressed head-to-toe in shiny, shiny chrome. It's like a tin can with the wrapper taken off.

What is it about the SLR that has inspired such insanity? Why do tuners $#!* all over the venerable automotive team-up with egregious acts of wrenching? Granted, the stock SLR is a little gaudy on its own, what with its Mercedes luxury-meets-McLaren performance looks, gill-like vents, and exaggerated front-end, but it certainly never deserved such inhumane treatment.

About as interesting as the SLR itself is one of the cars that it passes by—the Koenigsegg Agera R. Given the lack of the custom-built Thule box on top, we take it this driver opted out of the 'winter package'. Since it's a tuned SLR, that's more than 1,732 horses passing each other on a busy city street. Assuming the windows aren't too dark, there just must have been a nod of respect and admiration between those two drivers.

Hold your stomach and get ready for all sorts of misfortune:




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