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Manufactured between 2003 and 2010, their new supercar allowed Mercedes-Benz and its then Formula 1 partner, McLaren, to showcase their collective experience in the development, construction and production of high-performance sports cars and, just like its legendary 300 SLR predecessor of 1955, it incorporated technological developments that were ahead of their time. Yet the term supercar does not do full justice to the SLR, which, its peerless performance notwithstanding, is a luxurious and finely engineered Gran Turismo in the best traditions of Mercedes-Benz. Rather than creating an all-out, no-compromise supercar, Mercedes-Benz and McLaren decided to take a slightly different route. Instead of placing the engine behind the cabin, the car had a front-mid-engine layout, with the engine sitting behind the front wheels and just ahead of the cabin. This, near-perfect, weight distribution not only helped to improve the SLR's handling but also provided the car with a rather spacious cabin and a decent boot, not common in cars boasting such performance credentials. As it was supremely engineered and built to incredible standards at McLaren's facilities in Woking, it boasted a very high level of fit and finish, absolutely appropriate for any car wearing a Mercedes-Benz badge.
Whilst most people would regard the SLR as the ultimate sports car, Brabus in Germany offer a number of enhancements, both cosmetic and mechanical, to allow SLR owners to fully personalise their cars. To give the two-seater even more striking looks while at the same time minimizing lift on the front axle, the Brabus designers have developed a front spoiler that attaches to the production bumper. The spoiler is made from exposed carbon fibre and its shape was fine-tuned in the wind tunnel. It is especially lightweight and extremely tough. A corresponding Brabus rear diffuser made from exposed carbon fibre replaces its production counterpart.
The roadsters appearance is dominated by Brabus Monoblock VI 20-inch wheels that fill the wheel arches perfectly. The fully polished, multi-piece wheels (9.5Jx20" front and 11.5Jx20" rear) feature six double spokes and wear high-performance Pirellis in sizes 255/30 ZR 20 and 305/25 ZR 20. This low-profile tyre/wheel combination is custom-tailored for the SLR coupe and roadster and benefits not only the car’s appearance but also its handling.
Brabus developed camshafts, a fuel cooling system and a high-performance exhaust manage to extract an additional 24bhp from the 5.5-litre supercharged V8 resulting in an output of 650bhp at 6,500rpm. Brabus also fits a special clutch-type limited-slip differential with a locking rate of 40 per cent which further optimises traction and improves acceleration with 0-60mph now taking just 3.6seconds.
This remarkable example is finished in a striking shade of Candy Cobalt Blue with a Maroon soft top and a Red and Black leather interior with carbon fibre details and the signature Brabus quilted carpeting. The cabin has a few Brabus touches and a dashboard-mounted Brabus plaque.