AutoGuide News Blog
The AutoGuide News Blog is your source for breaking stories from the auto industry. Delivering news immediately, the AutoGuide Blog is constantly updated with the latest information, photos and video from manufacturers, auto shows, the aftermarket and professional racing.
The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren was a rather special offspring from the marriage between a German auto giant and a British racing team. These carbon-fiber bodied supercars were fast and comfortable, making it the ultimate car to cross a continent in.
In the course of its life, there were a few models of the SLR that were offered, the coupe, the roadster plus the 722 editions of those two body styles which had more power. However, at the end of its production life, Mercedes-Benz and McLaren brought out a final version of this car called the SLR Stirling Moss edition (named after the famed racing driver who won the Mille Miglia race in 1955 in the original 300SLR).
This version has a unique speedster body that has no windscreen or roof and it features headlights and tail lights unique to this model (among many other things). Thanks to a 5.5-liter, supercharged V8, it produces 650-hp; enough to propel it from 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and onto a top speed of 217 mph.
Only 75 examples of this extreme SLR were ever produced, but sadly none were destined to be sold in the U.S.A. because the D.M.V. did not classify it as a street-legal car.
However, one seems to have slipped through the net and is now up for sale in Miami, FL. According to the ad, this particular SLR Stirling Moss has just 50-miles on its odometer and comes with a showcar license, so it can be moderately used in America.
As for the price, its $1.75-million, but the owner is open to look at trade-ins. We’re only guessing but we don’t think he would be much interested in a beige Corolla. Too bad.
[Source: duPont Registry]
World Debut of Supercar-Roadster at North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit
Mercedes kicked off the Detroit Auto Show with the world premiere of its fabulously ridiculous SLR Stirling Moss.
With a substantially altered body, this chiselled machine looks more Mansory than Mercedes-Benz. It was designed in homage to Stirling Moss, who piloted the original 300 SLR to victory in the famous Mille Miglia race. In fact, Moss still holds the race record with a time of ten hours, seven minutes and 48 seconds.
Under the hood of the SLR Stirling Moss can be found a familiar supercharged 5.5-liter V-8 engine that pumps out power equal to that of the SLR 722 Edition. The powerplant generates 650hp and 605 ft-lbs of torque. Due to the significant weight reduction, however, the SLR Stirling Moss trumps even the 722’s impressive 3.6-second 0-62 mph time with a 3.5 second run. It is also capable of hitting speeds as high as 217 mph.
Without a top the SLR Stirling Moss is 241 lbs lighter than a standard SLR, tipping the scales at just 3,419 lbs.
Amazingly, this new super-roadster is 164mm longer than a standard car and is 7mm wider.
Mercedes announced that it will build just 75 units of the SLR Stirling Moss – almost all of which are already spoken for. This is not only amazing when you consider the cost is 750,000 Euros, but it is even more shocking when you consider only previous and current SLR owners will be invited to purchase one.
The SLR Stirlig Moss was the first of many vehicles unveiled at the second annual Mercedes-Benz New Year’s Reception and, surprisingly, was not the star of the show. Mercedes also showcased its Concept blueZERO and the main attraction, the new 2010 E-Class.
See more on the SLR Stirling Moss here.
SLR Stirling Moss:
Follow the jump for the official press release.