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Originally Posted by srika
I feel the luv,
What are you about...?


Besides, it's Monday. I can be a bit snarky if I want.
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is your (unofficial) smiley. I thought you would get that...
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Originally Posted by srika
I'm not actually ...

is your (unofficial) smiley. I thought you would get that...
OH!

Oops. I'd really be happy with a robot smiley personally.
Besides, you make it seem that I'm perpetually ...cuz, weally, I'm not. I'm quite a happy fellow.
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what are you talking about, you use in like every other post.
No, I don't. I didn't use the smiley once in the Flip thread.
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Lighter, Stronger, Faster - - By GREG KABLE - - Source: Autoweek

Mercedes-Benz is preparing to launch a powered-up version of the McLaren-built SLR coupe in a bid to stir sales of the 208-mph supercar.

Caught in these spy photos undergoing testing on public roads prior to a planned unveiling at the Paris motor show in September, the reworked SLR is distinguished from the existing model by subtle styling changes around the front and rear ends—all aimed at improving high-speed stability and creating more efficient underbody airflow.

The interior also gets special attention, with carbon fiber trim and other weight-saving changes that help reduce the SLR’s curb weight by about 90 pounds.

Under the SLR’s long hood goes an even hotter version of AMG’s supercharged 5.4-liter V8. The revised powerplant produces an extra 24 hp, pushing total output to 641 hp. With a corresponding increase in torque and improvements to the five-speed automatic gearbox to shorten shift times, the SLR’s 0-to-62-mph time drops by 0.2 second to just 3.6 seconds—fast enough to undercut competition like the Lamborghini Murciélago and Porsche Carrera GT. The 0-to-124-mph time is also 0.4 second quicker, down to just 10.2 seconds.

Further details remain scarce, but AutoWeek sources suggest no more than 150 of the hotter SLRs will be built before the end of the year at McLaren’s showcase Paragon production site in Woking, England. Once that production is completed, McLaren will turn its attention to an open-top version of the Anglo-German two-seater tentatively set for its public debut at next year’s Geneva motor show.
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Mercedes McLaren SLR Prototype Spotted In Spain - - Source: http://www.sybarites.org/

A prototype Mercedes McLaren SLR has been spotted on a mountain road in Spain. The SLR is presumed to be upgraded later this year. The updates are said to include a power increase for its supercharged V8 from 626 to 650 hp, an updated interior, 19-inch wheels, a firmer suspension, a new braking system and increased weight savings. New colors (blue exterior, tan interior) may also be available.






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Mercedes moving forward with more-powerful, 722 Edition McLaren SLR; no plans for U.S. sale - - Source: Autoweek

Mercedes is moving forward with plans for a more-powerful McLaren SLR coupe ("Lighter, Stronger, Faster," May 8). No less than McLaren boss Ron Dennis and DaimlerChrysler chief Dieter Zetsche were scheduled to show the SLR 722 Edition to 50 potential buyers at the Paul Ricard circuit July 8-9.

"722" refers to the starting number of the 300 SLR driven to victory by Stirling Moss and Dennis Jenkinson in the 1955 Mille Miglia.

The updated car, featuring a power boost to 650 hp (from 617 hp) and a $20,000 price boost to $472,750, goes on sale July 11 and makes it public debut at the Paris show this fall. There are no plans to sell the car in the U.S.


OFFICIAL RELEASE FROM MERCEDES-BENZ
BORN ON THE RACETRACK

Stuttgart – 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 Dennis 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 in Europe 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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I think this is one of the ugliest cars I have ever seen.
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The wheels don't do it for me, but I like the rest of the car. They should have bumped it to 722hp for this edition.
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Originally Posted by Dan Martin
The wheels don't do it for me, but I like the rest of the car. They should have bumped it to 722hp for this edition.
That would have made the marketing easy.

And for the money, I'd get the Carrera GT long before I'd plunk down the money on this.

Crisp handling > locomotive level torque for the straight line
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damn that hood is long
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Originally Posted by Sly Raskal
damn that hood is long
if not the perfect car, than it has the makings of one. Long hood, rwd, 2 passenger, atleast a v8... perfection...
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That gray/titanium color is gorgeous! One of the very few cars I think it looks good on. I hate that Carbon Gray Pearl (gray) is so popular on Acuras. I think they should just go with black =P.

Anyways back on topic... I'm not that impressed with the SLR. I'd take any of it's competition first.
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Originally Posted by SeCsTaC
That gray/titanium color is gorgeous! One of the very few cars I think it looks good on. I hate that Carbon Gray Pearl (gray) is so popular on Acuras. I think they should just go with black =P.

Anyways back on topic... I'm not that impressed with the SLR. I'd take any of it's competition first.
I love the SLR but I would buy the CGT first.
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Originally Posted by cob3683
I love the SLR but I would buy the CGT first.
its a hot car no doubt, but i would also take a murci and pocket the extra $150Kish. Ive seen this car in person, and it just doesnt have the supercar presence like the CGT or murci...................
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Originally Posted by cob3683
I love the SLR but I would buy the CGT first.


The CGT is the top of the list of current supercars. The Koenigsegg is a distant 2nd with the Zonda 3rd, Enzo 4th, Murci (the new LP) 5th, and then, finally, the SLR.
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Post Mercedes SLR wins top speed competition in U.K.

Less than a week ahead of the British Motor Show, the folks at Autocar magazine rounded up a group of supercars to see which could hit the highest speed for an official Guinness Book of Records entry for the "London Land Speed Record." The test took place on an airport runway, which was cleared for the event. The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren took the honors with a record 175.7 mph. Also on the tarmac was a Ford GT which achieved 174.3 mph and a Corvette Z06 which reached a top speed of 167 mph. "The McLaren has the power, the technology and the stability to hit those high speeds with incredible control," added Sutcliffe. "This is the fastest any production car has ever been driven legally in London". Each vehicle was given a rolling start and the length of the City Airport's one-mile runway in which to set the fastest time, 3 runs per vehicle. Cars entered the main runway via a slip road at 70-80 mph.

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What an unfair comparison...........


Bring in a CGT, Enzo, etc etc and see who really wins......
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Originally Posted by Minch00
What an unfair comparison...........


Bring in a CGT, Enzo, etc etc and see who really wins......


I believe a test against those and the Koenigsegg, Pagani Zonda are in order...
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Post Drop-top Mercedes SLR due "within six months"

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Back in March, rumors first broke that Mercedes was considering building a convertible version of its $450,000 SLR supercar. The U.K.'s AutoExpress magazine is now reporting that the car is "well on its way" to entering production, and will be officially unveiled "within six months." That would put the car on target for the Geneva Motor Show in March. The car will take inspiration from the Vision SLR concept, which was first shown ahead of the official SLR coupe launch. AutoExpress says the goal of the SLR convertible is to handle and perform as well as its coupe counterpart.

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Why did they move the exhaust to the back?
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Why did they move the exhaust to the back?


That is an old concept pic...just shown for some reference.
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The SLR is an incredible car (It came eighth in our top super car poll) its latest version the 722 Edition is even better. Britain’s AutoExpress magazine seems to have some insider knowledge when they wrote about an upcoming convertible version of the SLR. Although we have received contrary information in the past saying that the roof is necessity and that it bears a lot of the stress of the vehicle so we assume that the car will be completely remade. However the AutoExpress article indicates that the overall design will remain unchanged. Apparently a prototype is being built at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey in Britain at the moment and the car should be released within six months so possibly at the Detroit Motor Show in January. Performance is not expected to change between the two models.
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Thumbs up Mercedes Vision SLR Roadster

I searched for an original thread on this car but couldnt find it-
Originally Posted by The Car Connection
Mercedes Benz originally showed off the Vision SLR coupe at the 1999 Detroit Auto Show, followed by the roadster version of the same car in September of that year in Frankfurt. In 2004 a production version of the SLR coupe finally arrived courtesy of Mercedes' F1 partner, McLaren. Yesterday, The Car Connection reported that Mercedes has now confirmed that they will finally introduce a open-top version of the SLR beginning this summer. No further details are available yet, although something might be announced at the Geneva Auto Show next month.










My only complaint is the soft top ^. The rest of the car is

more pics here:

http://www.autoblog.com/photos/merce...-slr-roadster/
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My only complaint is the soft top ^. The rest of the car is
no kidding. you'd think since a couple of their cheaper verts were hard tops, this one would be.
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Saves weight withthe soft top.

Plus i wouldnt take this car out if i had to keep the top up.
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Originally Posted by Crazy Sellout
Saves weight withthe soft top.

Plus i wouldnt take this car out if i had to keep the top up.
the car weighs close to 4000 lbs anyway.. whats an extra 150 or so? I just think a car in this price range should come with a hardtop, especially considering the SLK has one.
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150lbs is a decent amount of weight. Think how much slower your car is when you have a passenger in it.
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Originally Posted by Crazy Sellout
150lbs is a decent amount of weight. Think how much slower your car is when you have a passenger in it.
in my car but not in one that has 617 hp.
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Should be a hardtop convertible, rags just look funny.
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While I certainly prefer hard vs. soft tops, I can understand why they went the route they did. With that said, it would have been nice to see a carbon fiber hard-top, minimizing the weight gain.

I hear that may be the only way the new M3 will be getting a convertible model.
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Press release...

Mercedes-Benz will in future also market its SLR McLaren super sports car in the form of a roadster with a top. In common with Formula 1 vehicles of today, it, too, will be made of carbon fibre, a material that will endow the vehicle with a very high degree of safety as well as extreme torsional stiffness at the same high level as the coupé version. This gives rise, in combination with the racing-type chassis, to outstanding ride characteristics. The maximum speed of the new high-performance sports car, which is powered by an AMG V8 compressor engine delivering 460 kW/626 hp, is 332 km/h, therefore at the same high level as the coupé. Although, thanks to its fully retractable top, the Roadster offers undiluted open-air driving pleasure in the highest performance class, its occupants in no way lose out in terms of comfort or the vehicle's suitability for everyday use. Consequently, the new Roadster opens up a new dimension in refinement for open-top super sports cars.

Like the coupé version, the new Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster once again unites the legend of the successful SLR racing models from the 1950s with the innovative technology of modern Formula 1 vehicles from the Vodafone-McLaren-Mercedes team. Typical stylistic elements, such as the arrow-shaped tip of the Formula 1 Silver Arrow, establish a visual link with the racing cars. The SLR leg-end of the 50s lives on stylistically in the distinctive lateral louvers, side pipes behind the front wheels and the wide-opening gullwing doors.

The new Roadster benefits technically from the many years of experience of Mercedes-Benz and its Formula 1 partner McLaren. Apart from two aluminium engine frames, its body is made entirely of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) materials, making the vehicle an exception among high-performance sports cars. Especially for the Roadster, complex carbon-fibre technology has been intelligently further developed for the monocoque chassis. The result is low weight, exemplary energy absorption and, therefore, extremely high occupant safety as well as a degree of torsional stiffness hitherto unattained in open-top vehicles. This leads to outstanding ride characteristics of the kind otherwise found only in closed-top super sports cars.

The puristic top is suitable for high speeds

The exceptional qualities of the Roadster are attributable also to the fully retractable top, which blends harmoniously into the flowing lines of the SLR McLaren. Its newly developed roof material, which is available in three different colours, not only guarantees complete suitability for everyday use in all weathers, but also endows the high-performance sports car with characteristics that are exception-ally unusual in a roadster. For example, at 332 km/h, the maximum speed is at the high level of the coupé version. Conversation is still possible at well over 200 km/h on open-air journeys thanks to the favourable aeroacoustics.

The roof opens and closes semi-automatically in less than ten seconds, thereby combining the desire for convenience with the puristic character of the roadster. To open, the roof merely needs to be unlocked from the windscreen frame and be briefly raised, after which it folds away electrically. Since an aluminium cover is integrated into its front section, the roof elegantly closes off the top when re-tracted.

Sophisticated aerodynamics and racing-type chassis

In the wind tunnel, the Roadster has been optimised for high speeds with regard to handling, aeroacoustics and aerodynamics. It likewise employs the aerodynamic concept already known from the coupé version, featuring an airbrake integrated into the access lid and a diffusor in the rear bumper to provide increased downforce on the rear axle.

The open two-seater is equipped with a racing-type chassis featuring high-performance carbon-ceramic brake discs, thereby setting extremely high stan-dards. Its front-mid-engine provides for optimum weight distribution. With 460 kW/626 hp and a maximum torque of 780 Nm, the AMG V8 compressor engine, which is coupled to an AMG Speedshift R five-speed automatic transmission, accelerates the Roadster from zero to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds.

Unique safety and exclusive fittings

A high degree of safety is ensured by unique carbon-fibre crash elements, steel-reinforced A-pillars and two fixed roll-over bars. The comprehensive specification also features adaptive airbags, knee and side airbags as well as seat belt tensioners and a tyre-pressure monitoring system.

The exclusive standard equipment includes semi-aniline-leather-upholstered carbon-fibre bucket seats which can be individually adapted to the driver and front passenger by means of differently sized seat pads; 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 integral radio and CD player.

The new Mercedes-Benz SLR Roadster, like the coupé, is produced at McLaren's Formula 1 factory in Woking, England, in accordance with stringent Mercedes-Benz quality criteria and will be available as from September 2007.
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