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2008 Mercedes-Benz Brabus SLR McLaren Roadster

2008 Mercedes-Benz Brabus SLR McLaren Roadster
2008 Mercedes-Benz Brabus SLR McLaren Roadster Specifications
Chassis
Brakes F/R ABS, vented disc/vented disc
Tires F/R255/30 ZR20 - 305/25 ZR20
DrivelineRear Wheel Drive
Engine
TypeV8 Supercharged
Displacement cu in (cc)332 (5439)
Power bhp (kW) at RPM641(478) / 6500
TorqueN/A
Exterior
Length Width Height in181.6 74.4 n.a.
Performance
Acceleration 0-62 mph:3.6 Sec
Top Speed mph (km/h)211 (337)
$1,050,000 / 699,000

2008 Mercedes-Benz Brabus SLR McLaren Roadster

The sportiest drop-top Mercedes of all time, the SLR McLaren Roadster, is fitted by Brabus with more than just a top-quality white carbon-fiber skin. The exterior is treated to an aerodynamics update, engine tuning and custom-tailored 20-inch wheels further optimize handling and performance, and the interior adds even more touches of exclusivity.

To give the SLR even better looks while at the same time reducing lift on the front axle the Brabus designers have developed a front spoiler that is attached to the stock bumper. This aerodynamics component was optimized in the wind tunnel. It is made from exposed carbon fiber, making it especially light and extremely robust. The rear apron is upgraded with a Brabus diffuser also made from exposed carbon fiber. It replaces its production counterpart.

The sportier appearance of the SLR Roadster is further characterized by the Brabus Monoblock VI 20-inch Platinum Edition wheels that fill out the wheel arches perfectly. The fully polished three-piece wheels with six double spokes are mounted on the sports car in size 9.5Jx20 in front and in size 11.5Jx20 on the rear axle. Thanks to their high-tech design that features a forged aluminum rim and a billet aluminum center the Brabus 20-inch wheels are lighter than the 19-inch turbine-design wheels optionally available for the SLR ex factory.

High-performance tires in sizes 255/30 ZR20 and 305/25 ZR20 are supplied by Brabus technology partners Pirelli and Yokohama. The tire/wheel combination is custom-tailored for SLR coupe and roadster, and has more than just a visual effect: handling benefits from the switch to even lower aspect ratio tires and the lower rim weight.

Thus equipped the drop-top SLR is fit for Brabus engine tuning. The tuning kit for the 5.5-liter supercharged engine consists of special camshafts and a fuel-cooling system. Power output increases to 641 bhp at 6,500 rpm.

Brabus also offers a special clutch-type limited-slip differential with a locking rate of 40 percent for the SLR. It optimizes traction and thus acceleration performance further. The tuned SLR Roadster rockets from rest to 62 mph in just 3.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 211 mph.

Exclusive Brabus cockpit design is characterized by precision handwork down to the last detail. The company-own upholstery shop created a striking combination of lipstick-red leather and black Alcantara. The waffle-pattern stitching of the SLR leather footwells alone - a special Brabus exclusive - uses some 7,800 meters of the finest red thread.

The Brabus sport steering wheel for the SLR is a sporty and highly functional Brabus option. The wheel has a flattened bottom for easier entering and exiting and provides optimal grip with its combination of perforated leather and Alcantara. The Brabus steering wheel features buttons integrated into the spokes for manually shifting the gears of the SLR's automatic transmission without taking the hands off the wheel.

Sporty Brabus carbon-fiber applications for dashboard, center console and door trim transfer the racing look of the Brabus exterior components into the interior. The interior components are made from exposed carbon-fiber and can be color-coordinated with the leather color upon customer request.

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