Lot 297 - 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Coupé
|Odometer reading||17,000 km|
|Estimate||£185,000 - £220,000|
|Result||Sold - £166,000|
The SLR McLaren, introduced in November 2003, was Mercedes-Benz's foray into the world of the supercar, alongside such cars as the Porsche Carrera GT and the Ferrari Enzo. It was developed in collaboration with the McLaren Technology Centre which, at the time, was partially owned by Mercedes-Benz. While Ferrari and Porsche pursued creating the best all-out supercars that the world had ever seen, Mercedes-Benz and McLaren attempted to create a car that coupled the best aspects of supercars with that of grand tourers. Engineers at Mercedes-Benz and McLaren took care to place the V8 as far back as possible in the chassis in order to improve the car's handling and giving the SLR near-perfect weight distribution. The SLR's engine produces 617bhp at 6,500rpm thanks to a Lysholm-type twin-screw supercharger. A dash from 0-60mph takes 3.8 seconds and the car leads to a quarter mile in just over 11 seconds with a top speed of 206mph. Its AMG Speedshift R transmission provides three manual modes to suit the owner's style of driving. Other remarkable technical features include the Sensotronic 'brake by wire' system, carbon-ceramic disc brakes and an automatic airbrake which can bring the SLR to a screeching halt from 120mph to a dead stop in less than 240 feet.
This Mercedes-Benz SLR was manufactured in 2005 and imported into the UK recently; it is however registered with the DVLA at Swansea and supplied with a UK registration document. Benefitting from a recent service carried out by Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands, this low mileage McLaren is in a condition commensurate with such few miles on the clock. The ultra comfortable sports seats and luxurious interior finished in red contrast well with the striking silver exterior. This SLR Coupé is a very versatile vehicle, comfortable to drive at 30mph and simply stunning to drive at high speed.
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