Spy Shots: Merc SLR McLaren convertible

We've known for a while that Mercedes was hard at work on a drop-top version of the McLaren SLR and now, courtesy of Car and Driver, we get to see it. Clear images they aren't, but there's no mistaking that long bonnet and those wide haunches as a lesser Benz.
The spies were able to capture the SLR during a photo shot in the Canary Islands and judging by the pics, there's little to no change from the standard hardtop version. According to C&D, the roadster will get a cloth roof, rather than a folding hardtop, in an effort to cut down on costs and there's a possibility that the butterfly doors may need to be nixed.

Regardless, with 617 HP, a 3.7-second sprint to 60 and a top speed of 207 MPH, there's no doubt that this will be the fastest open air motoring experience available. The only problem we can see is trying to not look like the victim of a blow-dryer accident after a quick run to redline.

The when and where is still up in the air, but don't expect the SLR roadster to come in below a cool half a million dollars.

[Source: Car and Driver]

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