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Five-speed automatic transmission is the only available gearbox
Roof retracts neatly in only about ten seconds
The fixed-back carbon-fiber seats feature custom padding
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The 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren doesn't offer much in the way of optional features, but it does boast a respectable number of standard features.
About the only choices that prospective Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren owners have to make when purchasing their new Mercedes-Benz 2008 is what colors they want for the interior and cloth top. Other than that, everything else on the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is standard. Edmunds lists those standard features as including "bi-xenon HID headlights, 19-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport tires...carbon fiber sport seats," and "a Bose surround-sound system with a trunk-mounted six-CD changer." Rounding out the features list for the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren are the "five-speed automatic transmission" and "carbon-fiber sport seats which come with interchangeable pads for customized comfort," as mentioned by ForbesAutos. Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com also frequently mentioned the dual-zone climate control on the Mercedes-Benz 2008 as one of the best-liked features.
New for 2008, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster offers a retractable soft top. Edmunds notes that "unlike Mercedes' SLK and SL roadsters, the SLR features a semiautomatic soft top." While that top folds neatly away in about 10 seconds, many reviews read by TheCarConnection.com disapproved of the need to manually unlatch the roof of the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren before the automatic folding could take place. This top nicely complements the car's styling, but as mentioned earlier, some reviewers find fault with its execution.
Customization is not one of the hallmarks of the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, but its features are ample enough.