Produced between 2003 and 2009 in limited numbers, the Mercedes-Benz SLR is a joint project between the German company and McLaren. At the time, Mercedes owned 40 per cent of the British company and the two automakers teamed up to create one of the biggest big tours in the history of the auto industry. Only 2,157 units were assembled in coupe, roadster and speedster body styles. One of these units is now officially modified by McLaren’s Special Operations division.
After production of the SLR officially ended in 2009, McLaren decided the car deserved special attention and the MSO brand branch offered upgrades for 25 of its customers’ cars. The car you’ll see in the video here is slightly different as it was shipped to MSO recently for some visual and mechanical tweaks. This SLR is owned by Manny Khoshbin, a real estate mogul, who owns not one, not two, but nine SLRs from different years of production and with different specifications.
The 10-minute video at the top of this page shows MSO’s one-time delivery of the SLR Heritage Edition. This is a stunning silver SLR with a new front and rear carbon diffuser, new wheels, improved aero, and a few smaller touches. The cabin gets visual tweaks like a new steering wheel, gearshift, parking brake lever and very special seats.
Unfortunately, we didn’t receive any information about the mechanical changes to the car, although Khoshbin demonstrated a new exhaust system with a button that activates a more upgraded mode. Even in standard form, the 5.4-liter V8 under the hood produces 617 horsepower (460 kilowatts) and 575 pound-feet (780 Newton-meters) of torque. With the new exhaust system, it sounds absolutely insane and Khoshbin even says it’s the best-sounding car he has in his garage.
We’ll probably see more of this SLR by MSO and its new owners intend to take it to auto shows. More interestingly, he’s planning more videos with direct comparisons to the regular SLR he has in his garage.