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July 17, 2007 – Mercedes-Benz announces SLR McLaren Roadster

Just as McLaren was becoming the favorite to win the driver and constructor F1 titles in 2007, Mercedes-Benz announced the release of a roadster edition of its SLR McLaren on this day in 2007. The car would hit the market the following September for a cool £200,000. 

The roadster offered astonishing performance for a road-going car. It was built in the same factory as its F1 racing siblings, which allowed for a pleasant mix of F1 technology and comfort features of a true touring car. The body was primarily constructed of carbon fiber, as well as carbon fiber enforced disk brakes and suspension components. Its AMG V8 kompressor engine produced 626 hp, pushing the car to a top speed of 332 km/h (206 mph). 

Above: Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster. By Thesupermat – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0
Top: Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. By Alexander Migl – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

At the end of the Formula One season, it was Ferrari who claimed the driver and constructor titles, but Mercedes-McLaren drivers did finish in second and third. In any regard, Mercedes had a winner on their hands with their new roadster. A total of 2,157 roadster and coupes left the factory between 2005 and 2009.

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