Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren (2003 -) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 21 Nov 2013
3.5
The SLR McLaren is billed by Mercedes as the ultimate supercar - a 200mph two-seater that combines the best of German technology with McLaren's lightweight engineering skill. Powered by a supercharged 5.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren (03 on)
Incredibly exclusive, engineering integrity, blistering pace
Extortionately expensive, lack of real driver engagement, neither a luxury GT nor a hard-edged supercar

Summary

Parkers Rating:

3.5 out of 5

The SLR McLaren is billed by Mercedes as the ultimate supercar - a 200mph two-seater that combines the best of German technology with McLaren's lightweight engineering skill. Powered by a supercharged 5.4-litre V8 engine with an astonishing 626bhp it covers the 0-62mph benchmark in a blink-of-an-eye 3.8 seconds. But despite this performance, claims that it's a ground-breaking supercar in the mould of the original F1 are ultimately disappointing.

Its hefty weight and lack of driver involvement mean it is neither a supercar nor a grand tourer. And then there's the price. At more than £320,000 it's seriously expensive, even when compared to other supercars.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3.5 out of 5

Performance

5 out of 5

Handling

3.5 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

3.5 out of 5

Running costs

1 out of 5

Green credentials

0.5 out of 5

Buying new

2 out of 5

Buying used

2 out of 5

Selling

3 out of 5

Equipment

3 out of 5

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