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9.0
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On Styling
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$460,350
BASE MSRP
$495,000
On Styling
If ever there were a car that looked like it cost close to a half-million dollars, the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is it.
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Turns heads wherever it goes
ForbesAutos

Apexes are obscured by the hefty A-pillars
Motor Trend

Definitively German cabin adorned in leather, carbon fiber and aluminum
Edmunds

When it comes to head-turning, jaw-dropping style, there are only a few cars that seem to top everyone's list. One such vehicle is the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster, a new convertible version of Mercedes-Benz's resident supercar.

The exterior of the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster is like no other car on the road today, combining futuristic looks with stylistic throwbacks to the great Mercedes-Benz and McLaren racecars of the past. Edmunds raves about the exterior of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, finding it "sleek and stylish," especially on what Popular Mechanics calls the "soft-topped roadster version" of the "long-nosed, hyperexotic SLR McLaren."

In a nod to the SLR nameplate's rich history, the designers at Mercedes-Benz and McLaren have molded the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren to resemble Mercedes's "famed Silver Arrow F1 racer," and this Mercedes-Benz 2008 also "shares a passing resemblance with the Mercedes SL-Class," according to ForbesAutos. One distinct feature of the new Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren roadster is what Automobile calls "scissor-style doors." Those doors have become something of a Mercedes-Benz trademark, and the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren seems even more exotic when they open, swinging out and upward away from the car's body.

Inside the meticulously sculpted bodywork of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, occupants will find what Automobile calls a "sybaritic cockpit." Edmunds also approves of the interior styling on this Mercedes-Benz 2008 version, praising the "staid, definitively German cabin adorned in leather carbon fiber and aluminum. The centerpiece of the interior is an engine starter button hidden beneath a flip-up cover on the gearlever." The clean layout and uncluttered center gauges, along with a judicious amount of carbon fiber, complete the 2008 SLR McLaren's interior, which Edmunds describes simply as "tasteful."

Conclusion

If ever there were a car that looked like it cost close to a half-million dollars, the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is it.

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