The new Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren "722 Edition" makes its North American debut at the 2007 Canadian International Auto Show held from February 16 – 25, 2007. The SLR “722 Edition” displays thoroughbred motor-racing attributes, having been developed in close cooperation with the motorsport specialists at the headquarters of the McLaren Formula 1 team in England. Featuring more than 300 modified components, the super sports car serves up a boost in output, more dynamic chassis tuning, improved aerodynamics and distinctly sporty interior appointments to thrill even the most demanding of sports-car enthusiasts.
A continuing tradition: the new model Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren "722 Edition" is a homage by Mercedes-Benz to the unforgettable victory won by the British racing legend Stirling Moss and his co-driver Denis Jenkinson in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR with the starting number 722 (indicating a start time of 7.22 a.m.) at the Mille Miglia in 1955.
At the heart of the SLR 722 Edition is a 5.5-litre supercharged V8 assembled by hand at the Mercedes-AMG engine workshops in Affalterbach, Germany, based on the "One man, one engine" principle. Among the high-performance powerplant's major strengths are its exceptionally spontaneous response to accelerator pedal movements, high torque and that unmistakable V8 sound.
High performance has been ingrained into the five-speed automatic transmission, which was developed in-house at Mercedes-Benz and has already featured in a number of exceptionally powerful models. It has been optimised to enable it to handle the awesome torque on tap and also offers drivers the possibility of varying the gearshift characteristics. The transmission directs the engine's power to the differential and the rear wheels via a precision balanced drive train made from aluminium and steel.
Handling characteristics worthy of the racetrack are also provided by the sophisticated suspension, with 19-inch light-alloy wheels, a stiffer damper configuration and a ten-millimetre-lower body. Larger brake discs with a diameter of 390 mm ensure excellent braking performance. Featuring a full carbon-fibre monocoque, crash structures and body panels, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren "722 Edition" is has discreet visual modifications setting it apart from the SLR. The modified front spoiler with an air splitter, as well as the rear diffuser, improves both the aerodynamics and contact pressure at high speeds, and reflects the transfer of cutting-edge technology from Formula 1 racing. At the same time, the use of clear-lacquered carbon fibre, as an extremely strong yet lightweight material, symbolizes the practicality of these technical features. Bucket-type sports seats upholstered in leather and Alcantara provide outstanding lateral support, while the grippier racing steering wheel with hunting-leather lining, gearshift paddles and black carbon highlights lend a thoroughbred racing touch to the interior.
The end result is an extremely impressive set of performance figures, even by high-end super sports car standards: the SLR 722 Edition completes the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in a breathtaking 3.6 seconds (SLR 3.8 seconds), with the speedometer needle proceeding to pass the 200 km/h mark in a mere 10.2 seconds (SLR 10.6 seconds) and the 300 km/h mark in just 28.0 seconds (SLR 28.8 seconds). Plus, the top speed of 337 km/h is even higher than that of the current SLR (334 km/h).
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