Businessman buys his ninth Mercedes SLR McLaren
How many Mercedes SLR McLarens do you have at home? Chances are you have less than Youtuber Manny Khoshbin who just added his ninth Mercedes SLR McLaren to his growing collection. For some, having one of something they love is just not enough, but having nine of the same car is a serious passion. So how does this new McLaren Silver on red Mercedes SLR compare to the other eight examples of Manny? Let’s find out.
The Mercedes SLR McLaren was a collaboration between Mercedes-Benz and the Formula 1 McLaren team that used Mercedes-AMG engines in their Grand Prix cars. It was the very first McLaren road car since the famous McLaren F1 and represented a comfortable grand touring car that contrasted with the racing car roots of the McLaren F1. This unique collaboration saw the optimization of Mercedes-AMG’s most powerful powertrain coupled with McLaren’s chassis engineering expertise.
For some critics, the Mercedes SLR McLaren failed thanks to a slow automatic transmission and unpredictable driving dynamics. But for others, the Mercedes SLR McLaren is a unique sweet spot combining raw power with limited technological interference.
Power comes from a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 engine that produces 617 horsepower (460 kilowatts) and 575 pound-feet (780 Newton meters) of torque. The twin screw compressor spins at 23,000 rpm and produces 13 psi of boost. This monstrous engine sends power to the rear wheels via a 5-speed torque converter automatic transmission. This transmission was chosen because of its durability and lack of complexity, as most transmissions could not handle the power output of the supercharged V8.
The Mercedes SLR McLaren’s 0-60 time was just over 3 seconds with a top speed of 208 mph. This impressive performance machine is gaining in popularity and the decision to own nine copies should prove to be a wise investment for Manny Khoshbin.