217 mph—with no windshield!
If you've ever dreamed of having a grand-prix driving experience on the street—and have pockets as stuffed as Scrooge McDuck's—the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss is the thing for you. Serving as the final hurrah for the SLR line, the Stirling Moss sheds both its top and windshield and continues the Mille Miglia–centric theme of the previous SLR 722 and Roadster 722 S special-edition SLRs—722 was both the number and start time of the 300 SLR that won the 1955 event. The driver of that car, of course, was Sir Stirling Moss.
This open-cockpit wonder's 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 engine will make the same 641 hp as the 722. Zero-to-62-mph sprints are expected to be achieved in less than 3.5 seconds, and top speed is a claimed 217 mph. Imagine 217 mph without the protection of laminated safety glass; the two wind deflectors that stand less than an inch tall likely won't do much to protect you from the impact of even a large moth at that speed. This car is hard-core.
This Thing Looks AWESOME
Even beyond the obvious lack of a roof and windshield, the rest of the Stirling Moss edition's carbon-fiber exterior is radically different from that of other SLRs, beginning with a freshly styled front fascia. Gone are the quad headlights (removed in favor of stacked clusters), as well as the single-slat grille on both sides of the three-pointed star, giving the front a much smoother style. The lower portion of the front now peaks at the center and the larger intake resembles that of the new Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4. Two large hood vents are added near the cowl along with a smaller vent in the front on the passenger side.
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Where move Volkswagen and BMW, there moves and Mercedes. It is known that duet VW/Audi plans to let out own compact roadster, company BMW deliberates release of model Z2 – in Mercedes thus do not wish to stand aside and develop idea on creation of an own roadster on the basis of an A-class. Company Mercedes already has some design concepts from which it is possible to make a start, and more often she glances on concept SLA, presented on a motor show in Detroit in 2000. «It is a part of usual process on working out of new model from Mercedes-Benz – to address to ideas of the past», one of heads of the German company has declared in interview AutoWeek.« When prototype SLA in the end of last decade debuted on public, we yet had no suitable platform; a sandwich-platform was too high and heavy. This problem will be solved with the advent of the following A-class which new platform will provide much bigger support of various variants of a body ». Actually, the new generation of cars A and a B-class from Mercedes will be constructed with possibility of various variations in the various markets, including the USA. Thus, if Mercedes the minipenalty for crossover creation is going to use a platform (on it it was informed this year), why to Germans not to develop on similar base also a sports roadster.
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Mercedes-Benz has released images and information on three concepts in what it calls 'electromobility' that it will show at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. The German company says the concepts are based on a single vehicle architecture, which it says is an intelligent, modular concept that allows three models with different drive configurations, all of which are able to meet customer requirements in terms of sustainable mobility.
The concepts are: the BlueZERO E-CELL with battery-electric drive and a range of up to 200 kilometres using electric drive alone; the BlueZERO F-CELL (fuel cell) with a range of well over 400 kilometres using electric drive and the BlueZERO E-CELL PLUS with electric drive and additional internal combustion engine as power generator (range extender). This version has an overall range of up to 600 kilometres and can cover a distance of up to 100 kilometres using electric drive alone.
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The Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss can accelerate to 62 mph in 3.5 sec. It's capable of 217 mph. So what, you say. Those numbers have become standard supercar fare. The Ferrari Enzo can touch 225 mph. The Corvette ZR1 barrels to 60 mph in 3.3 sec. Ah, but here's the twist -- this SLR does its thing without roof, windows, and windshield.
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Our dealership just installed our first Universal Media Interface (UMI) system in a 2009 C300. I had been reading about this sytem but it seemed to good to be true. Now that I have had a chance to try it out, I am very impressed.
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Don't expect to see a convertible or an optional skate park package when the 2010 GLK350 gets here, but at the SEMA show anything is possible.
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"The C63 is an absolute torque monster, which makes it more fun to drive at low speeds."
In the end...
"We are bracing ourselves for the howls of BMW fans. Hey, we like Bimmers, too, but all things taken into account, the C63 won out. In most rounds, the C63 scraped by the M3 just a little, gaining precious ground for cabin tech features, exterior looks, and price. For all-around performance, the cars tied--the C63 boosted by its bigger engine, the M3 helped by its DCT. After BMW updates its cabin tech and electronics interface next year, the M3 will probably fare better in a rematch."
Read the full comparison at www.reviews.cnet.com
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I'm working on getting some posts up of the photos I took while on the Mercedes Master Guild trip to Germany last week.
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The 2009 C63 is available with 5 interior options. Having only seen the Black Leather (210), I was at a loss when Randall from California asked me exactly what the other interiors looked like. Since I couldn't answer his question he visited a couple of local dealers and here are the results!
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