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Mercedes-Benz SLR

Mercedes has unleashed a more powerful and sportier variant of the SLR McLaren called the SLR 722 Edition. Produced to honor Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson's 1955 Mille Miglia victory, the "722" name is a hat tip to their 300 SLR's start number 722 (which corresponded with its 7:22 AM start time).

The SLR's power has been boosted to a thundering 650 horsepower, and a re-tuned suspension lends the car an even more sporting character. Visually, the front air dam, and rear diffuser get revisions to improve aero performance. Black wheels and red "722" badging clue passers-by in to the fact that this is no garden-variety SLR.

Inside, copious amounts of carbon fiber, leather/alcantara seating and a new race-type wheel complete the package.

The Mercedes-Benz SLR 722 Edition goes on sale July 11.

(Many more pics, release after the jump)

[Source: DaimlerChrysler]

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Press Release:

New Mercedes-Benz SLR "722 Edition": Born on the racetrack
The new Mercedes-Benz SLR "722 Edition" has all the attributes of a thoroughbred racing car. Refined in numerous respects, this super sports car has more output, a tailor-made suspension configuration and a decidedly sporty interior.

A continuing tradition: the new model variant SLR "722 Edition" is a homage by Mercedes-Benz to the unforgettable victory won by the British racing legend Stirling Moss and his co-driver Denis Jenkinson in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR with the starting number 722 (indicating a start time of 7.22 a.m.) at the Mille Miglia in 1955. With an output of 478 kW/650 hp and a corresponding performance, the new super sports car, which goes on sale on July 11, will not only make the hearts of car enthusiasts beat faster.

The supercharged 5.5-litre V8 engine in the "722 Edition", which is hand-built in the AMG engine shop in Affalterbach, generates 478 kW/650 hp. The particular strengths of this high-performance engine are immediate response to movements of the accelerator, highly emphatic torque build-up and an unmistakable V8 sound. The performance figures are outstanding even for a high-end sports car: the "722 Edition" accelerates from standstill to 100 km/h in only 3.6 seconds, and 200 km/h is reached in just 10.2 seconds. The maximum speed (337 km/h) is above the 334 km/h previously achieved by the SLR.

Handling characteristics worthy of the racetrack are also provided by the sophisticated suspension, with 19-inch light-alloy wheels, a stiffer damper configuration and a ten-millimetre-lower body. Larger brake discs with a diameter of 390 mm ensure excellent braking performance.

Discreet visual modifications mark the SLR "722 Edition" out as special, in line with the wishes of the enthusiastic gentleman drivers and wealthy sports car collectors who make up the core target group. The modified front spoiler with an air splitter, as well as the rear diffuser, improve both the aerodynamics and contact pressure at high speeds, and reflect the transfer of cutting-edge technology from motor racing. At the same time, the use of clear-lacquered carbon as an extremely strong yet lightweight material symbolises the practicality of these technical features. Bucket-type sports seats upholstered in leather/Alcantara provide outstanding lateral support, while the grippier racing steering wheel with a hunting-leather lining, gearshift paddles and black carbon highlights lend a thoroughbred racing touch to the interior.

Exclusive "SLR. Club" for SLR owners

Before the sales release date, customers and selected guests will have the advance opportunity to appraise the new SLR "722 Edition". This is to mark the foundation of the worldwide "SLR. Club" at the Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, southern France. As an ultra-exclusive community of which SLR customers automatically become members, the "SLR Club" provides an attractive platform for outstanding events related to the SLR, as well as numerous other benefits. Another exciting feature is the club's SLR Safety & Speed Academy, which offers special driver training courses and seminars. David Coulthard, Jochen Mass, Klaus Ludwig, Chris Goodwin and Christina Surer are among the highly skilled and well-known instructors.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Beautiful, but they need to come up with something new to do with license plate. It just sticks out where it is now.
      bruce lee
      • 8 Years Ago
      For been so long it should have at least a v12 but not even close, Mclaren should just make cars by them selves and never work with Mercedes , less Mercedes would be so great , . And those brakes with Mercedes electronic system dont work . Not a true racing car ..
      sorry ......
      • 9 Years Ago
      meh... notice the weight is never mentioned. this thing has hundred$ of grand$ worth of carbon fiber, and its still weighs more then my overweight mustang.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It’s so cute!

      Maybe MB can “re-tune” it’s boring-box automatic to a manual gearbox—then it will really be a throwback to honor past racing cars.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The five-foot phallus on the hood seems to have survived the freshening intact, so this remains the ultimate "mine is longer than yours" car. Look at the length of that hood! Now if they'd only make it rise up at highway speeds like some spoilers...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Australian NSW owners, i have the plate SLR 722.
      mob. 0421 747 698
      • 9 Years Ago
      Honestly, I'm dissapointed. No I've never driven one, or even seen one for that matter, but Mercedes could have given it atleast 700BHP. 722BHP would have been perfect to go along with the "theme". It looks great, but performance and styling wise they really needed to go a few more notches.
      • 9 Years Ago
      For the next generation SLR they should use the 6.3 L V8 built by AMG and supercharge it. With almost a liter more of displacement they'll easily get 700+ hp and torque to match.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I got to tell Sponge Bob that Squidward is now on steroid!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Im sure the drive is pretty decent...

      But comparing the parts of the car I've experienced, the 440k Carrera GT interior is lightyears more special than the SLR. I honestly didnt find it 200k superior to the SL55 from behind the wheel. Driving it? thats a different story. But engine off seat time is important in this league.
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 9 Years Ago

      It's obscene.
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