2023 Author: Erin Ralphs | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 12:36
It is generally believed that each new model is superior to its predecessor in every way. However, in our case this is not the case. The fastest production Mercedes has already been discontinued. Its successor received a more advanced design, but the maximum speed was several km / h lower. Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren remains the fastest production Mercedes ever.
This legendary car "Mercedes" was not created from scratch. It embodies the tradition of no less famous predecessors - cars of the 1950s, which won a number of brilliant race victories. It was also the name given to the 300 SLR coupe, incredibly fast but much more comfortable than a classic racing car.
Designed in 2003, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is a worthy bearer of its big name.
Design and dimensions
Despite the fact that the fastest Mercedes is a two-seater, it is quite large and heavy, due to the huge engine power. The length of the SLR McLaren is4656 mm, which is comparable to business class sedans. The curb weight of the vehicle is 1768 kg, and the gross weight reaches 1933 kg. The design of the car is a compromise between the appearance of the legendary predecessor and the modern style of Mercedes. The former is reminiscent of the silhouette of the body in profile, while the latter emphasizes the traditional design of the hood and grille.
The body of the car is carbon fiber placed on an aluminum frame. Its aerodynamics are calculated taking into account the experience of Formula 1 sports cars. There is a retractable spoiler with automatic adjustment. Carbon due to its unique qualities is used in the car everywhere. Not only in the body, but also in the interior, and even in the brake pads…
The engine of the fastest Mercedes is centrally located for better weight distribution along the axles. The eight-cylinder engine is equipped with a mechanical compressor and produces 626 horsepower from 5.5 liters of volume. The torque is a fantastic 720 Nm. The engine features liquid air-cooling, dry sump lubrication and four metal catalytic converters, allowing the incredibly powerful engine to meet the strict Euro 4 environmental standards.
To 100 km/h this incredible car accelerates in just 3.8 seconds. And the top speed of the fastest Mercedes is 334 km/h.
The sports car is equipped with a five-speed automatic, designed primarily for the most efficient power transfer. There are threeautomatic transmission control programs for various driving styles, as well as manual mode. The SLR is a rear-wheel drive vehicle that represents the standard for the road sports car class.
The interior of the SLR reflects the transitional nature of the car. On the one hand, it is a sports car, which is characterized by utility and the desire to save weight. On the other hand, this is a fabulously expensive car, which implies a certain level of comfort.
Strict two-tone finish is made of expensive materials: leather, polished aluminum and carbon. There are 20 color options. At the same time, the design of the front panel echoes the formula.
However, the overall set of options is relatively small and mainly account for the improvement of directly sporting performance, not comfort. So, in the charged version of the 722 GT, even the air conditioner was abandoned in order to reduce weight.
The Mercedes SLR has retired beautifully and a bit sadly. The roads of Mercedes-Benz and McLaren parted ways. And the former flagship was replaced by a cheaper model, which is inferior to it both in terms of power and maximum speed.
And the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren hasn't been beaten yet. It is still the company's fastest production model, although it was discontinued back in 2010…
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