All new Mercedes SLR “722 Edition”Enlarge Photo
With a recall earlier this month for an electrical problem, it’s not too surprising that Mercedes-Benz has announced a new, track-ready version of its SLR supercar, labelled the 722 Edition. If you thought the current SLR’s performance seemed lacking (damn Veyron drivers), rest assured because this Benz pumps out a whopping 650 horsepower thanks to the modified 5.5-litre V-8 hand built by AMG at its workshop in Affalterbach, Germany.
Other enhancements include a tailor-made suspension configuration and a flash new interior upgrade. Exterior changes come in the form of a new front spoiler with an air splitter, plus a new rear diffuser.
Curiously, the name 722 Edition symbolizes the famous victory by British racer Stirling Moss and co-driver Denis Jenkinson in the Mille Miglia in 1955, driving a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR (the race started at 7.22 am).
The dash to 100 km/h takes just 3.6 seconds with a claimed top speed of 337 km/h, 3 km/h better than the standard SLR.
Coinciding with the release of the new SLR is a new Mclaren website (www.mclarenautomotive.com), offering “fans and enthusiasts an interactive and in depth look at the road car business of the McLaren group.”
Further, SLR drivers can join an exclusive club, with automatic membership for SLR customers. Event days and driver training courses are planned, as well as numerous other benefits. Skilled instructors will include David Coulthard, Jochen Mass, Klaus Ludwig, Chris Goodwin and Christina Surer.
Looks like life just got a little better for the super rich.