MERCEDES-BENZ SLR McLaren Stirling Moss
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MERCEDES-BENZ SLR McLaren Stirling Moss - Limited to 75This is the Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss, created as a parting gesture in the road car collaboration between Mercedes-Benz and McLaren.The basis is the standard SLR roadster’s carbonfibre monocoque. It has been further developed with beefed-up sills which, together with an extra crossmember behind the seats, make the Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss one of the most structurally rigid open-top cars ever.The Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss receives the same engine as the SLR 722, with 641bhp and 604lb ft. It endows the car with truly colossal performance; Mercedes claims 0-62mph in just 3.5sec.The great thing is, this pace is just a nudge of the throttle away. With a five-speed automatic ’box sending drive to the rear wheels, there’s no tricky clutch to contend with as you fire the SLR Stirling Moss from the line. Traction control working overtime, it lifts its nose ever so slightly, squats at the rear and catapults forward with the sort of abandon you’d expect from a street-legal race car.You sit exposed to the elements, so the ever-present roar being thrown back from up front enters your head and doesn’t leave. Passing beyond a high-pitched mechanical whine at low revs, it shifts into a deep exhaust blare nearer the redline. The blast of wind rushing over the bonnet (enclosed goggles are a must) accentuates the feeling of speed.As you accelerate hard up to and beyond 100mph, wind buffeting and various vibrations begin to blur your vision. On the motorway, you can call up 150mph without any hint of strain from the engine – and there’s still a further 67mph to come.Directional stability is good by open-top standards. The set-up is inherently firm, but there’s still sufficient travel in the suspension to stop it from being thrown off line by bridge expansion joints. However, larger irregularities send nasty jolts through the chassis, so you need to choose your back roads with caution.The steering, compromised by a 12.2-metre turning circle and a penchant for tramlining, is not whip-crack fast, but with measured inputs it proves confidence-inspiring enough. There is a faint trace of body roll, but it’s not going to upset the cornering line to a great degree.
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