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Carbon Fibre Mercedes-Benz SLR Makes its Debut

30 September 2003

The super-sporty, carbon fibre two-seat Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, whose outer shapes and gull-wing doors are reminiscent of the racing legend of the mid-50s, has been launched at the Frankfurt motor show.

This coupé, with its elongated front end and short rear end, has a wheelbase of 2.70 meters and an overall length of 4.66 meters, and is 1.26 meters high. The car's structure, like the surface parts of its body, is made of carbon, and experience drawn from Formula 1 was used in its design and structure. The aerodynamic arrangement of the lower part of the car, which increases adhesion to the road, is of the same origin. The cherry on top is the extendable spoiler on the trunk lid, which at speeds of over 95 km/h serves as a pressure wing, but also assists as an aerodynamic brake.

A 5.5-l V8 engine located behind the front axle puts out a respectable 626 hp (460 kW, and when mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with three operational modes (Sport, Supersport, and Race) lends this coupé, which weighs under 1,770 kg, devilishly dynamic properties. Its top speed is 334 km/h, and it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, and to 200 km/h in 10.6 seconds.






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