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Test drive: Mercedes-Benz SLR

There aren’t many that made the kind of that the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren did it was launched in 2003. So long in the – packed with a huge, V8 motor – and so wide and fat, and carbon-fibre-cool; an SLR painted black slot straight into a movie without any modifications! A to behold, and a beast to drive…


I the scowling SLR back in the day of its first when they were the most desirable new supercar for any of the The cost was around £300,000 and big was changing hands to get hands on one of the super-Mercs.

It was, and still is, an imposing car to It looks like it’s such is the length of the vented and that would concern that’s never driven a rear-wheel drive GT car before. And as the driver’s door swung up and the rich red leather interior my nose and eyes with its beauty, I have to admit I was than a little nervous.

I into the driver’s seat and around at the sumptuous interior and the door behind me. This of leather a carbon immediately me – as if I needed it – that I was about to a very expensive car, and one would surely swap on me like a deranged V8 dough-nutter, I get too ham-footed with the loud

But I couldn’t even get it started. The SLR was one of the car to have an engine-start button, and it was under a nifty little on the gear shifter. It’s if you know where it is, as it feels a ‘fire’ button on a fighter control stick. But, for me, at high-pressure moment, all I wanted was to an ignition key and get away from the eyes around me. Eventually, a finger pointed it out, I it, and the V8 thumped into life.

The of the SLR’s operation procedure was standard fare and familiar to me, so I put it in and caressed the accelerator like it was of the thinnest glass, and edged out the city traffic.

I must admit that the Mercedes-Benz test drive through busy city felt wantonly dangerous at the with its buzzing traffic and Transit vans, but the car was entirely and for motoring journos, without an so looking back I had little to about. But, at the time, I like an unarmed Roman in the middle of the Colosseum, with a of murderous men closing in on me.

Mercedes-Benz Vision SLR

I drove on alert, keeping a close eye on so-long bonnet as said Van Men seemed to want to swipe it off other second. I let the SLR do the work in auto mode and simply the gas; warming myself and the car up.

As my confidence grew, so did my throttle and I soon worked out that if the SLR was and the huge rear tyres now warm, that I could it some go-go and all it would do is and fire forward.

And then the started. I found some roads outside of the city and let the off the leash even more. it right down and then the accelerator, and the huge torque of a 5.5-litre V8 becomes about as as a nuclear gob-stopper. Instant torque and the kind of howls, and growls coming out of the side-exit that only the most man on the planet couldn’t enjoy. thing is incredibly fast!

In the end I gave the SLR more beans I thought I ever would I first sat in it, but I have to say that I’d give it hell on a racetrack. And a with plenty of run-off. a beautifully engineered car, but I had the back-of-the-brain notion that to it with too little respect see it bite me back, hard. An in an SLR will only ever be

I loved that car though. So drama, theatre and aggression, and so damn fast. Now that I’m ten down the motoring line in and car-career, I’d definitely like to the snarling SLR. I wonder how have faired on the used car Maybe they’ve depreciation like a too-juicy stone? no, the cheapest one I’ve found so far is way £200,000! The SLR might not be so unobtainable in of brutal performance any more, but it is on the pricetag!

Mercedes-Benz Vision SLR
Mercedes-Benz Vision SLR
Mercedes-Benz Vision SLR
Mercedes-Benz Vision SLR

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