The limited SLR Stirling Moss completes the present SLR range and is restricted to 75 units only. It has a sticker price of EUR 750,000 or $1,044,000. As intended beforehand, the SLR Roadster will stop production by the end of May next year, and the manufacture of the SLR Stirling Moss will begin in June next year.
The letters SLR is sufficient to get the car enthusiasts adrenaline pumping. In the '50s the Mercedes-Benz SLR 300 garnered one win after another. It garnered the Mille Miglia, the Eifel race, the Targa Florio including the Tourist Trophy. It was driven, first and foremost, by the British racing driver Stirling Moss and by celebrities of the time, such as Juan Manuel Fangio and Karl Kling. Stirling Moss is still holding the record of Mille Miglia at ten hours, seven minutes and 48 seconds.
This is the reason why the contemporary variant of the celebrated SLR carries with it the extra words "Stirling Moss." As the latest SLR Stirling Moss merges the traits of the present SLR versions with the charm of the SLR of '55.
The main values of both the historical and the present-day SLR versions incorporate a thrilling new design, ground-breaking technology, high-quality materials demonstrating perfect engineering, and, above all a driving experience that tickles the total human senses. Faithful to the specifications of the 300 SLR, the current Silver Arrow's gear is totally refined and but decidedly puristic at the same time, making do with the absence of a roof and all side windscreens.
Just like the well-known racing vehicles of the past, the SLR Stirling Moss astonishes with its excellent performance as it is powered by a V8 supercharged engine that produces 650 hp.
Sprinting from standstill to 100 km/h in under 3.5 seconds and with a maximum speed of 350 km/h this puristic high-performance sports vehicle signifies totally fresh dimensions in top down mobility. And besides the impressive performance numbers; each time the driver gets behind the wheel of a SLR Stirling Moss their senses are dealt with an unprecedented intensity, transmitting a driving pleasure at its highest and purest form. This automotive pure-bred therefore generates the kind of open-air sensation that is absolutely exclusive for a road-going car.
The entire bodywork of the SLR Stirling Moss is made of lightweight carbon fiber, which symbolizes a stand-alone design model. While the Mercedes-Benz creators were laboring on the surface design of the latest SLR Stirling Moss, they were totally conscious of every single instant that they were making a car that can run with a top speed of 350 km/h.
To maintain the puristic external design of the car, the interior is also cut to only what is necessary. Surfaces going through each other in the instrument console and doors provide an exciting ambiance and echoes perfectionism.
A combination of high-grade genuine materials such as aluminum, carbon fiber, and excellent leather orders the style here. An engraved Stirling Moss signature is carried in an aluminum plate and covers the section surrounding the gear shifter. Designers laboring on the Stirling Moss were able to lean on a wealth of experience accumulated when making the SLR Coupe and Roadster, specifically where the technical foundation was concerned, with its overgenerous carbon-fiber design, high-performance suspension and a V8 engine that generates a powerful roar.
The commonality joining the Stirling Moss with the other members of the SLR series is the sleek concept with a closed underbody and a diffuser in the back bumper for optimum possible downforce at the rear axle with only one difference: the diffuser here is significantly bigger in contrast to that on the coupe and roadster. Because of the high-precision effort brought about in the wind tunnel, the SLR Stirling Moss without fail produces enough downforce for totally safe handling. However, the airbrake can be manually operated by the driver for the purpose of increasing the contact pressure more, especially during athletic driving, for instance.
The Airbrake is also raised in instances where vehicle speed is in excess of 120 km/h and where potent breaking is required to stabilize the vehicle even more in such conditions, therefore facilitating deceleration to the possible maximum. The fresh SLR Stirling Moss is a high-caliber sports vehicle longed after by enthusiasts. Also it marks the height of an era and, for the predictable future, at least, the final hour for the SLR.
Production of the SLR will stop in May next year with a total of 75 Stirling Moss SLRs will be produced between June and December 2009, with chassis serial from 1 to 75. Not only does this unique vehicle symbolize the final end of the present SLR family; it also acts as a totally special "thank you" to the most faithful SLR customers, for they are the only ones able own a Stirling Moss.