First Drive 2007 MercedesBenz SLR McLaren 722 Edition

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Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 772 Edition

2007 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren


(5.4L V8 Supercharger Automatic)

2007 Mercedes-Benz SLR 722 Edition Picture

Published: — by Greg N. Brown.

From its stylish museum in to the Classic Centers that and restore vintage Benzes, is particularly adroit at using the glow of past glories to the appeal of its current automobiles. It was in nostalgic context that the developed the 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLR 722 Edition.

The supercar honors the 300 SLR Stirling Moss drove to in the 1955 Mille Miglia, the Italian endurance race Brescia to Rome and back. on the side of Moss’ winning SLR was the car’s starting time of in the morning, and it is now one of the most recognizable in racing history.

Somewhat the concept of a sportier McLaren SLR from current SLR owners, who their next McLaren to be grand tourer and more sports car. Mercedes-Benz with a stronger engine, underpinnings, bigger brakes and aerodynamics. Plus, the few cosmetic designed to separate the 722 Edition its predecessor are in context and avoid the questionability of so many specials.

Sparking up the performance

In the world of the more is always better, so the that control the hand-assembled supercharged 5.5-liter V8 were increasing output from 626 to 650 and torque from 575 pound-feet to 605

Among the high-tech touches in the engine are an enclosed crankcase of cast aluminium, and twin oil to cool the forged pistons. The oil system also draws on track experience and sites the low in the chassis for better weight The belt-driven compressor’s two screw-shaped rotors are Teflon-coated to decrease friction, and a pair of air-to-water minimizes the heat of the compressed air to output and torque, which is more quickly than in the engine.

Push the start on top of the shift lever and the side surround you with an aggressive Push the accelerator pedal, and the rumble is accented by a metallic shriek that rips tears in the atmosphere. We’d this engine for its sound never mind its free-revving which pulls the long toward the horizon with fearsome determination.

Mercedes says the rear-wheel-drive SLR 722 sprint from zero to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds, 3/10ths faster the standard SLR. Top speed is a tad too, though the jump 207 to 209 mph is, for most mortals, a purely achievement.

Tightening down the

Lowered about half an and suspended by stiffer springs and the retuned chassis gives stability at high speeds, this more aggressive comes with some to ride quality. Body has been reduced, says by more than 20 percent, for agility in the corners, but the reduced also means more over the bumps, especially the rear wheels.

The lightweight construction of the double-wishbone suspension quick response to the road and wheel control, with the links arranged to supply camber, and thus better with the road, when the compress. As on a Formula 1 car, the antiroll bar is positioned above the so the smooth underside of the car is not disrupted, to the car’s improved grasp of the

New, lighter 19-inch aluminum wheels, colored gray to match the trim the lighting, reduce unsprung and allow larger 15.4-inch rotors up front. Sourced Brembo, the new braking system carbon-fiber-reinforced ceramic discs for deceleration, while a reformulated ESP system helps keep the car in the right direction when the gets slick or when the gets too frisky with the

Turn off ESP, and judicious use of the will cause an abrupt from the line, but once way the power delivery is crisp and the timely, especially when the are used in the five-speed automatic Manual mode. In Comfort, the will balk slightly, when reversing or getting but the buyer of this car shouldn’t be around in that mode unless it’s to take the back to the rest home.

through the air

Some 100 hours of tunnel work reconciled the task of increasing downforce also reducing drag. The carbon-fiber air splitter increases downforce by 128 percent, says something that became during several naughty runs through the desert of

At the rear axle, discrete spoilers reduce air swirl to keep the tail planted as the car takeoff speeds. The electronically air brake, which rises at 75 mph, produces a further in downforce at the rear axle for stable handling at high It also deploys during deceleration, partially compensating for front-biased load distribution.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 772 Edition

have also managed to the 722’s weight by 97 pounds. come from a lighter oil lighter wheels, aluminum bodies, removal of interior and redesigned interior panelling and materials. It’s not a lightweight at pounds, but every little bit of helped toward improving the

Distinguishing elements include air outlets on the hood, and front and light clusters with gray surrounds. The SLR 722 Edition is only with a crystal gray paint finish evokes the look of the Moss All body panels are carbon

Slipping inside

An attractive of semi-aniline leather and Alcantara the sports bucket seats and the interior a distinctive look and 300 SL red stitching throughout, the 722 insignia on the restraints and red seatbelts add more impact, while widespread use of fiber throughout the interior is a visual connection to the highest of racing.

The seats, however, aren’t They punched us in the kidneys all day Custom padding is available, would probably fix that The A-pillar and mirrors can also views of the apex during and it’s impossible to get in and out of without the revealing to the world whether you regimental or not. The low-slung end will undoubtedly give the repair shop plenty of

Driving the 722 Edition

The technological and improvements are all well and good, but is the 722 a better driving machine the SLR that came before? In a yes. It’s lighter and aerodynamic, and the revised throttle and quicker torque delivery it leap from the line as it were setting out on a qualifying

It’s also more Pricing hasn’t been but it’s expected to cost between the current SLR’s and a half-million bucks when it on sale this summer.

Even if you’ve got the requisite there’s no guarantee an SLR 772 Edition end up in your stable. McLaren’s F1 in Woking, England, will only 150 examples, largely by and how many 722s will to America is unclear.

Regardless, Moss better be getting the one.

Edmunds attended a event, to which selected of the press were invited, to this report.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 772 Edition
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 772 Edition
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 772 Edition
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 772 Edition
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 772 Edition


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