MercedesBenz SLR McLaren 722 Edition

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Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

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March 9, — 4:30 am ET

A two-lane, asphalt strip gleams and descends from the desert Even in the … of winter, ghosts shimmy far off the land and with those rising beneath the limited-edition carbon hood.

Part of your thinks this is not possible—long, near-perfect roads in the middle of Another part, that filled with facts the United Arab Emirates and about Dubai’s relatively ascendancy to world-class status, otherwise. And let’s be reasonable: in its purest form, percolates the earth not far from here, and no reason this highway lie before us.

It’s a good it does, because the Mercedes-Benz SLR 722, a limited-edition version of the sports car flagship in which we are is bestowed with more less weight, more and better handling than its progenitor. And it needs—almost demands—a to let loose and be free.

But during a predrive briefing, we that to let loose too much can greater consequences than to which we are normally accustomed. here take regulations and they mete out punishment Alongside freeways that far into the desert stand sentinels that threaten to pictures of drivers traveling posted 120-km/h (75-mph) With those pictures can heavy fines; we also the glovebox carries letters of (or excuse) that aim to explain our should we be stopped by local

Long and straight, the UAE roads are for top-speed runs — 210 if you’re in an SLR.

It takes no to recognize that exceptions to the rule exist, as cars fly by, presumably piloted by locals who which cameras are bogus. Or the cars are filled with Here, if your car’s plate begins with a digit, you are identified as a member of the family—and you needn’t worry speed laws, because you them. If your plate with a double digit, you are of the family and enjoy much the courtesy. Even three-digit get some dispensation and consideration. But is no forgiveness for transgressions by our vehicles five-digit license plates, though the car’s sticker roughly equals the median of a home in Stamford, Connecticut. You to understand quickly that SLRs—as well as other high-performance cars—are virtually a a dozen around here.

Well, they are, and aren’t like this This newest SLR is the 722 Edition, a created to honor Sir Stirling brilliant win at the 1955 Mille race. That number, in bright red across Moss’ SLR car, signified his morning time; that he finished the race through the Italian at an average speed of nearly 100 mph is a that will never be

You couldn’t miss this which only 150 will be all of which are already sold—if you to. Emblazoned on its rich anthracite flanks is a 722 badge above its vents and ahead of the door A dark carbon fiber wind splitter fits the nose, and this is more than aesthetic, as it increases by 128 percent at the front axle at top while a reworked rear air reduces lift. The result is a car feels planted, and you can bet the many spent in a wind tunnel to these bits will be on future standard models.

The 722 also differs from the cars with new 19-inch wheels that reveal red brake calipers to the world. wheels have an added as they reduce the SLR’s weight by nearly 10 pounds (what were once are now forged aluminum); they’ll make it to the AMG aftermarket parts

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

The 605-hp V8 moves the SLR 722 to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds.

The visual effect of the 722 reminds you of an well-coiffed, perfectly sized model—the sort of person who fit comfortably in this car’s environment. We’re not saying all SLR should fit into off-the-rack, clothing to optimize the driving but it couldn’t hurt. Regardless of how the cabin is, once you’re the wheel, you can’t wait to the shift-mounted fire button and let it go.

And the straight, smooth road lies ahead beckons and at sense and reason.

Chances to open up the SLR and let loose, as long as the is willing to flirt with the Terminal velocity on this is listed at 337 km/h, or 210.6 That’s faster (by almost 4 than the original and is the result of engine output to 641 hp at 6500 rpm 617 hp, sharpening and massaging the aero to reduce lift and increase and reducing curb weight by 97

To get into that speed, your foot into the and shift the five-speed automatic through wheel-mounted paddles. can use the tunnel-mounted tip shifter, but why take hands from the task if no need?) Torque comes and pins driver and passenger to the fiber seat shells; power is accentuated by a thrumming note that seems to to a basso crescendo as the tach toward its 7000-rpm redline in gear. Gently, very hold the thick, suede-wrapped wheel, and let the car unwind. It fires standstill to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds, and from you quickly work its paddle-shift as revs race. The company this car goes from 0 to 300 (187.5 mph) in 28 seconds, and doesn’t seem out of its reach at What surprises a driver is that the SLR can get up and go as quickly as it does its 3800-pound curb weight, is almost evenly distributed front to rear. It doesn’t to push and plow with understeer as you put it hard into a indeed, thanks to its robust 605 of torque, if you switch off the electronic you can throw

the tail out with throttle-induced This road, however, is and speeds climb quickly: 200 is earned with ease, and come 220, 240,

Dial the throttle back, and it takes no time to come a scene as surreal as a Midwestern boy has a camel ambling across the its goofy, lazy eyes at cars whose hazard warn others of potential

Only here, you think, in the of nowhere, do camels mix with cars. We’re sure no glovebox letter to explain one of those as hood ornament.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

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