The 2008 Mercedes SLR McLaren enhances the 1950s SLR racing models with innovative and creative technology.
At a cost of about $495,000, this front engine, rear wheel drive, 2-passenger, 2-door convertible is produced at McLaren’s Formula 1 factory in Woking, England. The fuel economy range of the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is 11 mpg Hwy and 16 mpg City. Powered by an AMG V8 compressor engine delivering 617 bhp and a 5-speed auto-clutch manual transmission, the top speed of the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is 207 mph. As well, this high performance roadster will accelerate from zero to sixty in 3.8 seconds.
With a 6.5-liter, 617-hp supercharged V-8, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren excels as a high performance sports car. Further development of carbon-fiber technology for the monocoque chassis has resulted in a low weight. Its body is made entirely of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) materials, allowing it to stand out from other high-performance sports cars. Regarding handling and aerodynamics, the vehicle has been optimized for high speeds The outstanding qualities of the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren are also seen in its fully retractable roof. The roof opens and closes in less than ten seconds. Its newly developed roof material allows for complete durability in all weather conditions.
Standard features include: dual-zone automatic air-conditioning; a high-quality BOSE premium sound system; a multifunction sport steering wheel with gear-change paddles, and a navigation system with radio and CD player.
“The SLR roadster is a lot of things. It’s a status symbol. It’s a supercar. It’s also a lot of money – it’ll cost the same as a pair of Lamborghini Gallardos. But in the end, it’s something automotive enthusiasts have been salivating over for quite a few years: It’s an SLR McLaren.” Shamit Choksey, automobilemag.com.