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Latest model: Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster 2008
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster 2008The new Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren Roadster features innovative from motor racing and the performance of a top high-performance sports vehicle with the long-distance attributes and sophisticated atmosphere of a classic Gran Tourismo vehicle. In common with Formula 1 cars of today, it too is made of carbon fibre, a fabric that endows the car with a very high degree of security as well as extreme torsional stiffness at the same high level as the coupé. In mix with the racing-type chassis this gives rise to impressive ride characteristics. The maximum speed of the new high-performance sports vehicle, which is powered by an AMG V8 compressor motor delivering 460 Kw/626 hp, is 332 km/h and therefore at the same high level as the Coupé. Although the Roadster provides undiluted open-top driving pleasure in the highest performance class due to its fully retractable top, the occupants in no way lose out in terms of convenience or the vehicle's suitability for everyday use. Consequently, the new Roadster opens up a new dimension in refinement for open-top super sports vehicles.



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Like the coupé version, the new Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren Roadster once again unites the legend of the successful SLR racing models from the 1950s with the high-tech technology of modern Formula 1 cars from the Vodafone-mclaren-mercedes team. Typical stylistic components, such as the arrow-shaped tip of the Formula 1 Silver Arrow, establish a visual link with the racing vehicles. The SLR legend of the 50s lives on stylistically in the distinctive lateral louvers, side pipes behind the front wheels and the wide-opening gullwing doors.

The new Roadster benefits technically from the many years of experience of Mercedes-Benz and its Formula 1 partner Mclaren. Apart from two aluminium motor frames, its body is made completely of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) materials, making the car an exception among high-performance sports vehicles. Especially for the Roadster, complex carbon-fibre technology has been intelligently further designed for the monocoque chassis. The result is low weight, exemplary energy absorption and, therefore, extremely high occupant security as well as a degree of torsional stiffness hitherto unattained in open-top cars. This leads to impressive ride characteristics of the kind otherwise found only in closed-top super sports vehicles.

The exceptional qualities of the Roadster are attributable also to the fully retractable top, which blends harmoniously into the flowing lines of the Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren. Its newly designed roof fabric, which has an interesting new exterior, not only guarantees full suitability for everyday use in all weathers, but also endows the high-performance sports vehicle with characteristics that are highly unusual in a roadster. i.e., the top speed of 332 km/h with the roof up matches the extraordinary figure set by the Coupé.