2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster

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  • Introduced in 2003, the SLR was developed jointly with the McLaren Technology Centre
  • The Roadster followed in 2007 with a strengthened Carbon body but still retaining the crowd-pleasing signature scissor doors
  • The soft top had to be specially adapted to the car's 206mph top speed
  • 617bhp, 5439cc, supercharged V8 with multi-point fuel injection
  • 5-Speed AMG 'Speedshift R' transmission. Carbon-Ceramic Disc Brakes
  • Finished in Crystal Laurite Silver with a superb Silver Arrows interior in Carbon Black/Red

Manufactured between 2003 and 2010, their new supercar allowed Mercedes-Benz and its then Formula 1 partner, McLaren, to showcase their collective experience in the development, construction and production of high-performance sports cars and, just like its legendary 300 SLR predecessor of 1955, it incorporated technological developments that were ahead of their time. Yet the term supercar does not do full justice to the SLR which, its peerless performance notwithstanding, is a luxurious and finely engineered Gran Turismo in the best traditions of Mercedes-Benz. Rather than creating an all-out, no-compromise supercar, Mercedes-Benz and McLaren decided to take a slightly different route. Instead of placing the engine behind the cabin, the car had a front-mid-engine layout, with the engine sitting behind the front wheels and just ahead of the cabin. This, near-perfect, weight distribution not only helped to improve the SLR's handling but also provided the car with a rather spacious cabin and a decent boot, not common in cars boasting such performance credentials. As it was supremely engineered and built to incredible standards at McLaren's facilities in Woking, it boasted a very high level of fit and finish, absolutely appropriate for any car wearing a Mercedes-Benz badge.

The heart of any car is its engine, and that of the SLR McLaren is truly outstanding. Produced at Mercedes-Benz's AMG Performance Division, it's a 5.5-litre, 24-valve, supercharged V8 producing 617bhp, making it one of the most powerful engines ever found in a series-produced road-going sports car. Impressive though this peak horsepower figure is, it's the torque produced by the Lysholm-type twin-screw supercharger that is its most remarkable feature. The torque curve is almost flat: there is already 440lb/ft by 1,500 rpm and well over 500lb/ft between 3,000 and 5,000 revs, and acceleration is equally phenomenal, with 0 to 60 mph taking just 3.8 seconds and the quarter-mile only 11 seconds. Of course, a car with such impressive speed credentials also requires an equally impressive braking system. An automatic airbrake and Mercedes-Benz's Sensotronic brake by wire system assist the massive carbon-ceramic disc brakes and help bring the SLR McLaren down from 120 mph to a stop in less than 240 feet.

Finally, in 2007, the long-awaited SLR Roadster was introduced. The carbon body had been further developed to achieve top-level torsional stiffness and a special challenge was the soft top which had to be totally adapted to the car's 206mph top speed. The soft top has to be manually unlatched but after that, it's fully electric and the crowd-pleasing signature scissor doors, that swing out and up on massive hydraulic struts, are similar to the Coupes.

This striking example is finished in Crystal Laurite Silver with silver Turbine alloys, a black soft top and a superb Silver Arrows interior in Carbon Black and Red. It has covered a total of 3,905km from new.

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2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster
2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster
Lot number: 209
Seller: Silverstone Auctions
Ends: Thursday, November 25 | 5:00 PM  GMT

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