Mercedes-Benz SLR Overview

The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is an expensive supercar that boasts a top speed in excess of 200 mph and sprints from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds or less. Unless you're a CEO or media mogul, the SLR is unlikely to show up on your shopping list, as a new one costs around a half-million dollars. It's equally unlikely that you'll ever even see one, since overall production numbers are only in the hundreds. In a nod to the original 300 SLR, the SLR McLaren features mercedes accessories like doors that swing forward and up in a sort of gullwing-scissor combination. It may be largely a gimmick but it does make getting in and out easier than in some other high-dollar supercars. While the interior includes many tasteful features like aluminum and carbon-fiber trim with leather seats, we think it looks too much like a standard-issue Mercedes sedan. For such an exclusive car, we'd like to see a more distinctive cabin.

Mercedes-Benz SLR Features


  • 5.5L 24-valve AMG supercharged V8 engine
  • Push button engine start
  • AMG SpeedShift R 5-speed automatic transmission-inc: (3) manual shift modes
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Front/rear forged double wishbone suspension
  • Front stabilizer bar
  • Vehicle-speed-sensitive hydraulic pwr rack & pinion steering
  • 8-piston front/4-piston rear disc brakes
  • Electro-hydraulic braking system w/carbon fiber reinforced lightweight ceramic brakes
  • Sensotronic brake control
  • AMG sports exhaust system w/dual sidepipes on each side
  • Tirefit tire sealant & electric pump


  • 19" x 9.0" front/19" x 11.5" rear turbine-designed aluminum wheels
  • P255/35ZR19 front performance tires
  • P295/30ZR19 rear performance tires
  • Semi-automatic fabric soft top
  • Airbraking rear adjustable spoiler w/mode selector
  • Large front air dam
  • Formula 1-inspired arrow-shaped nose & twin-fin front spoiler
  • Side gill ventilation
  • Bi-xenon headlamps w/washers
  • Pwr heated mirrors w/LED turn signals/memory
  • Rain-sensing wipers-inc: variable control, heated washer system
  • Gullwing doors
  • Fitted car cover


  • Premium leather seat trim
  • 6-way heated pwr body-contoured carbon fiber sport bucket seats w/lumbar support
  • Center console w/storage
  • Rubber-studded aluminum pedals
  • Exclusive velour floor mats w/SLR logo
  • AMG-designed leather-trimmed sport pwr tilt/telescopic steering wheel-inc: shift paddles, raised thumbgrips, audio & telephone controls
  • Matte chrome instrument panel w/analog speedometer, tachometer, coolant temp & fuel level gauges
  • Exterior temp display
  • Multi-function displays in speedometer-inc: audio status, cruise control
  • Pwr windows-inc: 1-touch express up/down, obstruction sensor
  • SmartKey security w/user recognition
  • Integrated 3-button garage door opener
  • Cruise control
  • Anti-theft alarm system w/tow away protection, infrared interior monitoring, immobilizer
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control-inc: electrostatic dust, pollen & active charcoal filters, smog-sensing automatic recirculation, humidity, dewpoint & sun sensors
  • Rear window defroster
  • Aluminum trim
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • Automatic ambient lighting
  • Aluminum & leather-trimmed shift knob w/starter button


  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/brake assist
  • Electronic stability program (ESP)
  • Acceleration skid control (ASR)
  • Programmable daytime running lamps
  • Dual-stage front airbags w/front passenger adaptive feature, occupant classification system
  • Knee airbags
  • Head & body side-impact airbags
  • Tele Aid global positioning system (GPS) satellite system-inc: stolen vehicle recovery, remote door unlock service, automatic alarm & collision notification
  • Black leather-wrapped roll over bars
  • 3-point seat belts w/emergency tensioning device, belt force limiters
  • BabySmart child seat recognition system
  • Tire pressure monitoring system

Mercedes-Benz SLR Specification

EPA Classification Two Seater
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 0
Engine Type Gas V8
Displacement 5.5L/332
Fuel System SEFI
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 617 @ 6500
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 575 @ 3250 - 5000
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Trans Type 5
Trans Description Cont. Automatic
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.59
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.19
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.41
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.85
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.17 (R2 1.93)
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.06
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 13
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 12
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 16
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD -
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 10.6
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3850
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent
Suspension Type - Rear Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Double Wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD -
Brake Type Power
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 14.6 x - TBD -
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 14.2 x - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code - TBD -
Rear Tire Order Code - TBD -
Front Tire Size - TBD -
Front Tire Size P255/35R19
Rear Tire Size P295/30R19
Rear Tire Size - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 19 x 9.0
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Size (in) 19 x 11.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum
Steering Type Power Rack & Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD -
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 40.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD -
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 25.6
Wheelbase (in) 106.3
Length, Overall (in) 183.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 75.1
Height, Overall (in) 49.3
Tread Width, Front (in) 64.5
Tread Width, Rear (in) 61.8
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD -
Liftover Height (in) - TBD -
Trunk Volume (ft3) 7.2
Passenger Capacity 2
Passenger Volume (ft3) 48.0
Front Head Room (in) 36.1
Front Leg Room (in) 44.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) - TBD -
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD -