2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR Roadster, bullet-supercar opens top

Mercedes-Benz presents the SLR Roadster, based on the SLR Coupe from three years ago, this open-lid bullet-speed monster is much expected on the market. On the exclusive, high-class market of course, Mercedes-Benz will be assemble the SLR Roadster in limited numbers at McLaren’s Paragon factory in Woking, England.

Mercedes SLR Roadster - exterior

Differences from the SLR Coupe are not too many, except of course the top that is open, and other minor roof-structure arrangements. The vertical doors and integral rear wing are the same, the wing deploys at high speed for better performance of the brakes. The folding hardtop is based on traditional fabric, the multi-layered structure electrically opens in less than 10 seconds, the exterior of the top has an aluminium cover to maintain the exterior aspect of the car when the lid is down. Another small difference from the SLC Coupe is additional bracing within the A-pillars.

Same supercharged 5.5-liter V8 engine empowers the SLC Roadster, and is placed under the new open top’s long hood. The Roadster has a stunning 617 hp at 6500 rpm and 575-lb-ft of torque at 3250 rpm. It reaches 62 mph in 3.8 seconds, and top speed of 207 mph, the same as the Coupe. We are talking after all about one of the top choices for a supercar, the SLR. What more need be said ? Five-speed automatic gearbox is no big surprise for a Mercedes Roadster.

Mercedes SLR Roadster - exterior with top down

The SLR Roadster is supposed to come first in competition with similar supercars, as the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Roadster. Price starts at $500,000 and series is limited, so few will be able to decide whether the Roadster is worth it or now…

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