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2006 McLaren SLR 722 Edition news, pictures, specifications, and information
The new Mercedes-Benz SLR '722 Edition' has all the attributes of a thoroughbred racing car. Refined in numerous respects, this super sports car has more output, a tailor-made suspension configuration and a decidedly sporty interior.

A continuing tradition: the new model variant SLR '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 wîth the starting number 722 (indicating a start time of 7.22 a.m.) at the Mille Miglia in 1955. With an output of 478 kW/650 hp and a corresponding performance, the new super sports car, which goes on sale on July 11, will not only make the hearts of car enthusiasts beat faster.

The supercharged 5.5-litre V8 engine in the '722 Edition', which is hand-built in the AMG engine shop in Affalterbach, generates 478 kW/650 hp. The particular strengths of this high-performance engine are immediate response to movements of the accelerator, highly emphatic torque build-up and an unmistakable V8 sound. The performance figures are outstanding even for a high-end sports car: the '722 Edition' accelerates from standstill to 100 km/h in only 3.6 seconds, and 200 km/h is reached in just 10.2 seconds. The maximum speed (337 km/h) is above the 334 km/h previously achieved by the SLR.

Handling characteristics worthy of the racetrack are also provided by the sophisticated suspension, wîth 19-inch light-alloy wheels, a stiffer damper configuration and a ten-millimetre-lower body. Larger brake discs wîth a diameter of 390 mm ensure excellent braking performance.

Discreet visual modifications mark the SLR '722 Edition' out as special, in line wîth the wishes of the enthusiastic gentleman drivers and wealthy sports car collectors who make up the core target group.

The modified front spoiler wîth an air splitter, as well as the rear diffuser, improve both the aerodynamics and contact pressure at high speeds, and reflect the transfer of cutting-edge technology from motor racing. At the same time, the use of clear-lacquered carbon as an extremely strong yet lightweight material symbolises the practicality of these technical features. Bucket-type sports seats upholstered in leather/Alcantara provide outstanding lateral support, while the grippier racing §teering wheel wîth a hunting-leather lining, gearshift paddles and black carbon highlights lend a thoroughbred racing touch to the interior.

Exclusive 'SLR. Club' for SLR owners


Before the sales release date, customers and selected guests will have the advance opportunity to appraise the new SLR '722 Edition'. This is to mark the foundation of the worldwide 'SLR Club' at the Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, southern France. As an ultra-exclusive community of which SLR customers automatically become members, the 'SLR Club' provides an attractive platform for outstanding events related to the SLR, as well as numerous other benefits. Another exciting feature is the club's SLR Safety & Speed Academy, which offers special driver training courses and seminars. David Coulthard, Jochen Mass, Klaus Ludwig, Chris Goodwin and Christina Surer are among the highly skilled and well-known instructors.

Source - Mercedes-Benz
After repeated requests by enthusiastic SLR.Club members, Mercedes-Benz agreed to develop a track version of the SLR McLaren super-sportscar - the SLR McLaren 722 GT.

Developed by the British motor racing specialists at RML, the 722 GT has been comprehensively re-engineered for track use wîth more than 400 new or redesigned components. The 722's unique specification addresses the chassis, suspension, brake, and aerodynamic systems of the already capable SLR.

Each of the 21 SLR McLaren 722 GTs offered for public sale produce 680 hp from their 5.5 liter kompressor V8 engines, and weigh in at 1390 kg (some 600 lbs. less than series production models).

ENGINE The 5.5 liter kompressor engine in the 722 GT has been tuned to produce 680 hp and 610 lb-ft of torque, making the 722 GT capable of 0-60 sprints in under 3.3 seconds.

SÚSPENSION

RML gave the 722 GT new uprights front and rear, strengthening the suspension and delivering improved kinematics wîth better adjustability, allowing the trackside RENNtech technicians to tailor each 722 GT to the owner's unique driving style.

The 722 GT also features central wheel locks and an air jack system, to

CHASSIS

An RML engineered, FIA approved rollcage does more than improve driver safety - the cage works to stiffen the SLR 722 GT's carbon fiber chassis further, allowing for better grip and improved control over wheel movements during cornering, acceleration, and braking.

AERODYNAMICS

An RML engineered, FIA approved rollcage does more than improve driver safety - the cage works to stiffen the SLR 722 GT's carbon fiber chassis further, allowing for better grip and improved control over wheel movements during cornering, acceleration, and braking.

SAFETY

The 722GT offers a no-nonsense motorsports interior wîth toggle switches, FIA spec. safety measures, lightweight seats, removable §teering wheel wîth digital data-logger, and more.

AVAILABILITY

Only 21 examples of the SLR McLaren 722 GT will be offered for sale, and only a hand-full of those will be released to the North American market.

Source - Mercedes-Benz
Coupe
The McLaren SLR is truly an Anglo-German 'Super Car' for the 21st Century. Developed jointly by Mercedes-Benz and the McLaren Automotive Group, and was built in England. It features an all-aluminum 5.5-liter supercharged V8 capable of 650 horsepower. And with a top speed in excess of 205 mph, the SLR is considered the fastest automatic transmission car ever built. This example is a 722 Edition and is even more rare. This car incorporates an F1 inspired all carbon fiber frame and higher performance than the standard SLR.
 
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