Amidst the auto market slump and the current mix of other special edition SLRs, Mercedes launches the final model under the SLR range—the 750,000 Euro (c. £710k) SLR Stirling Moss; also a farewell tribute to its Mclaren-Mercedes supercar. Only 75 of these demon speedsters will be built and each packs 641 bhp, maxing out at 217mph. Feel the wind in your face and where some sport goggles or a helmet, coz there’s no windscreen, roof or side windows on the SLR Stirling Moss.
Named after the 1950s SLR driver who still holds the Mile Miglia record at 10 hours 7 minutes and 48 seconds, the SLR Stirling Moss is the last SLR, paving the way for the upcoming Mercedes Gullwing and the McLaren P11 in the next few years.
For £710k, you get to drive a supercharged 5.5 litre V8 with 641bhp and 590lb ft of thrust—rocketing your hide from 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds and topping off at 217mph. The SLR Stirling Moss’ body is all carbonfibre, with black-painted gills and twin air scoops that act as rollover bars. There’s an airbrake that automatically deploys if the SLR brakes above 75mph.
There are two tonneaus that envelope the cockpit so that your precious cabin won’t get soaked in the rain or vandalized by thieves.
The SLR Stirling Moss limited edition will be built starting June 2009 and when all 75 are made by December 2009, the SLR range will officially end for Mercedes.