Friday, December 19, 2008

New Reveal : 2009 Mercedes-McLaren SLR Stirling Moss

As Mercedes's SLR sires will be ending soon, this is the last SLR to come. It's the SLR Stirling Moss edition, and as usual tuned by McLaren. The Stirling Moss is actually the long-awaited speedster edition of the SLR.As this car has no roof, it surely is in question for design. Well, Mercedes tried to refresh the look of the Stirling Moss edition with sharper and edger design. The front fascia has been restyled, with new single bulb headlights, 3-piece air-scoop bumper, and ram air scoops at the hood. From the side, Mercedes replaced the huge side vents in the standard SLR with even more air scoops, and the exhaust is now integrated with the side air scoop. As there isn't a roof, the doors open vertically than gullwings in the standard SLR. From the back, the Stirling Moss has sharper tail-lights, and a new rear-diffuser to stop it taking off when it's launching. So as an appearance, this car looks like a 1930s racing car, that has come from the future. We think it's one of the best looking cars that has come this year.
Because the Stirling Moss hasn't got a roof, uses an upgraded carbon-fiber for the body, new carbon-ceramic brakes, and a new exhaust system, it's 300 kilograms lighter than the standard model. However, it's still powered by the 5.5L supercharged V8 borrowed from the SLR 722 S edition. So it develops 650hp, connected to a 5-speed automatic. So despite lacking any sort of roof or proper windscreen, the Stirling Moss can still achieve a top speed of 217mph and can reach 60mph in just 3.5 seconds, which is the fastest SLR yet.
The SLR Stirling Moss is also the most exclusive and most expensive SLR. Only 75 units will be built, at a price tag of €750,000. It's a collector's item for rich business men who are the only ones able to acquire a Stirling Moss.

Look for the SLR Stirling Moss at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show next month for its world debut.

Source : [Mercedes-Benz]

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