Mercedes SLR Headed Into History

April 2, 2008
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All good things must come to an end. Mercedes-Benz is set to stop producing its SLR roadster next year, according to a report this morning from Autocar's Web site.

The SLR was introduced in 2005, and sported the 617-hp V-8 from tuning arm AMG. Coupled to AMG's Speedshift R five-speed automatic transmission, the Roadster version hit 62 mph from a standing start in 3.8 seconds. Top speed was estimated by Mercedes at 207 mph.

With the dissolution of the Mercedes partnership with McLaren, Autocar says McLaren is set to introduce its own supercar at the end of 2009, and will likely build it in the facility created to build the SLR.

Autocar says Mercedes built 275 SLRs in 2007, when the coupe version rolled out of production. Initially, Mercedes had planned to sell 400 to 500 copies a year.

More high-resolution photos of the Mercedes-Benz SLR

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