The new SLR McLaren was premiered at the Frankfurt Motor Show as the newest Gran Turismo of the 21st century that truly embodies the "Driving Impulse" concept.
Since the 33rd Tokyo Motor Show of 1999, where the SLR made a sensation during its premiere as the "Vision SLR study", the development of the new SLR took four years by drawing on Mercedes-Benz advanced technology, McLaren's expertise in Formula 1 racing, and Mercedes-AMG's engine tuning.
The supercharged 5.5-liter V8 powerplant was developed using Mercedes-AMG's tuning technology, which is based on the company's ample racing experience in the DTM and FIA-GT races. The front midship-mounted engine delivers an output of 460 kW/626 hp and maximum torque of 780 Nm, conferring overwhelming performance appropriate for the Gran Turismo of the 21st century. The body, which features gullwing doors reminiscent of the legendary Mercedes-Benz SLR racing car, employs an extremely rigid monocoque structure made of carbon fiber composite lifted from Formula 1 technology. The impact-absorbing front and rear structures and stiff passenger cell ensure an outstanding level of passive safety.