• Jul 5th 2008 at 7:33PM
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It's hard not to follow a story like the veritable fleet of new supercars set to follow the controversial Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. The supercar came out of the partnership between Benz and McLaren in Formula One, but while the racing cars have been highly competitive, the SLR has been less so. As a result, Mercedes and McLaren are going their own separate ways for the next generation of high-performance exotica.

Mercedes, with in-house rodders AMG and its racing spin-off, HWA, is preparing two new models to succeed the SLR: the SL65 AMG Black Series (which has been spied many times over) and the SLC (which we've seen disguised in Dodge Viper bodywork). McLaren, meanwhile, is anticipated to produce the new P11 mid-engined supercar on its own, without Mercedes input. The dissolution of the car-producing enterprise between the two powerhouses is not expected to affect their joint grand prix racing program.

The last iteration of the SLR – following the original coupe, the Roadster and the 722 – will be a limited-production lightweight speedster, on which we recently reported. Despite all its available variants, Mercedes has sold fewer than 1600 examples of the SLR to date.

[Source: Automotive News Europe – sub. req'd]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      While the SLR is a fairly cool car it will for ever be in the F1's enormous shadow. When it takes you a decade to build a second model and it still gets stomped by the first model you're bound to run into a little criticism. Hopefully the P11 will be what the SLR was supposed to be. And hopefully nobody tells Paris Hilton about it.
        • 7 Years Ago

        I don't quite understand where the sand in your vagina came from but I never said Gordon Murray had anything to do with this car. He also has nothing to do with the P11. What's important here is the reputation of the McLaren name, they didn't call it the Gordon Murray F1 after all. So McLaren AS a company needs to make a comeback. As for Mr. Murray, with any luck we'll all be able to afford his next creation
        • 7 Years Ago
        'takes you'? seriously? Gordon Murray didn't build this as a successor to the McLaren F1, McLaren consulted a bit with mercedes so merc could slap their name on the car. Had Gordon Murray built this thing it wouldn't have been so heavy, wouldn't have been front engined and most of all WOULDN'T HAVE HAD A SLUSH BOX.

        come on man, get ur ish right. I hope the P11 will have nothing to do with the SLR because the SLR was never supposed to be anything in relation to the McLaren F1.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "McLaren, meanwhile, is anticipated to produce the new P11 mid-engined supercar on its own, without Mercedes input. "

      or Murray input. but he wasn't an integral part of the F1 or anything.
        • 7 Years Ago
        i don't think he will, he's working on the city car, and he is the only reason the McLaren F1 was what it was. I can't think of another automotive designer/engineer with the extensive capacity he has to design everything from the lug nuts to the entire car, alone, on paper.
          • 7 Years Ago
          Sadly, I think you're probably right. I'd love it to see a true "sequel" to the F1, something that hardcore and truly awesome. The Caparo is pretty brilliant, but it's a race car first, and a road car second. It also catches on fire, but that's another story. I read a story in Road & Track a while back that was written by Murray that dissected the F1 LM. What a stunning vehicle that is! With his knowledge of it, and his attention to detail, it was a fantastic article that gave me a whole new respect for the F1 as a whole. I think it is probably the greatest car ever made. Of there's a better one, please let me know. :)
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, I do hope that Murray has some input on it, because that man is a genius. I don't even consider the SLR a McLaren.

        The ethos of Mercedes and the ethos of McLaren are complete opposites- one is for the comfort of the driver above all else, the other, all that matters is the drive and the direct link the the driver. The SLR weighs about 1,300 lbs more than the F1(not that it's the only measure of how great a car is, but it is a good start for me)- and the F1 had more cargo room and room for another passenger. And a physically larger engine. I mean, the F1 was art- the SLR, not so much. Oh, and an automatic in a "supercar?" Yeah, right. Call me when you're serious. Sheesh. For a half million dollars, I'd at least want an automated manual.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Last time McLaren made an awesome supercar, it had a BMW engine and nobody to object to racing-car-on-the-road focus, whereas the SLR had GT compromises, so is heavy, front-engined, and rather not "super" enough
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't know why people call it ugly. To me, it's simply stunning; one of the best looking cars of all times.

      The problem, as I see it, is in its close resemblance of SL class. People get confused whether they see a $500K car or more common and affordable $100K one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I do not think it's an ugly car. It's a good-looking car. And it's not a good thing that two company braking up. Anyway they’ll make good cars as always.
      • 7 Years Ago
      .....mmmm.....if it sucks so bad and everyone thinks its not awe-striking.....can i get one at an ultra - extreme -hefty - discount???? shipped with a red ribbon to Northern California? THANX!!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thank you! Now someone please explain the failure of the SLR to my girlfriend, who is adamant that I buy her one someday in the future. -____-
        • 7 Years Ago
        LOL man, I WISH I had that much money. I'm a poor college student, hoping to buy myself a Honda Fit or Mazda 3 Hatch in the near future. She's just dreaming.
        • 7 Years Ago
        if you got $500k. Go for it get a new 09 Roadster. ur gf know what shes talking about. But... here are the numbers.

        09 SLR 0-60 mph. 3.7 sec. Top Speed: 207 mph.

        09 ZR1 0-60 mph. 3.3-3.4 sec Top Speed: 205+ mph.

        i like both cars myself. but... it's your Choice pick one of them. lol...
        • 7 Years Ago
        John Doe,

        Bro, you have a girlfriend who not only is aware of the existence of the SLR but also wants one?

        You're the richest person I know of.

      • 7 Years Ago
      I guarantee that if you talk to any engineer who worked on SLR, you'll hear that the final result was nowhere close to what was the original intention. Underneath it's all high-tech I'm sure, but it's a colossal failure as supercar, or a fashion statement.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm not even worried how it looks because of its sound
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Despite all its available variants, Mercedes has sold fewer than 1600 examples of the SLR to date."

      No, really?

      That is a beautiful car, but they put the decimal in the wrong place when writing the pricetag.
      • 7 Years Ago
      From what I've read, the director of McLaren is a real weirdo and a crazed germaphobe. He even gets the gravel in his driveway washed. If I was a Mercedes executive I probably wouldn't want to work with him either.

      I'm more of a Lotus guy anyway. Colin Chapman never had a problem with getting his hands dirty!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, that's Ron Dennis. He's in charge of the Mclaren-Merc F1 team. That's not the guy who's in charge of the road car division, and yeah, he is sorta OCD. I read in Wired that he hired someone whose job is exclusively to make sure no light bulbs are burned out in their Tech Center in England, and he has the gravel in his gravel driveway washed regularly.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You're talking about Ron Dennis...from what Montoya has said...he's a great guy to play golf with, but to work with him can be a nightmare.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i didnt think it possible, however MB has proven me wrong.
      The original was plain ugly ... a car designed to look like jimmy durante (no offense meant to mr. durante). simply a butt ugly car.
      Now they have taken that and gone one step further, making it look like that witch from the buggs bunny cartoons.
      Seriously, how can anyone take any car seriously when it looks like jimmy durante, driving down the road going 'ha cha cha cha chaaa', much less one that looks like witch hazel, driving down the road going 'eeeeeee hee hee hee heeeee'.
      • 7 Years Ago
      @Noidor & Hike15.

      Can you Guy's read ?

      ( Oh btw FYI. the SLR beat all of the Aston Martin's and MOSTLY... all of the Ferrari 's. )

      ^see that word what dose that mean ? it means most of the Ferrari's NOT all of them... btw. the 559's 0-60 mph. is 3.7 sec also Top Speed: 200 mph.

      430 Scuderia ( not F. ) 0-60 mph 3.6 sec. Top Speed: 199 mph.

      as for me comparing cars with 0-60 times it's not just 0-60 time that tell if it's a good. there other key things that play a role too.. but 0-60 is one of those thing's...

      ( Sorry for the long post. )
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