This sight of a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren sitting on parking lot for nearly six years is definitely heartbreaking. If it was any ordinary mass-produced non-premium car sitting there, it wouldn’t matter. But because it is Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – with current second-hand price hovering at around $350,000 – being parked unused on a lot attracts plenty of attention.
Such is the case of this Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – wrapped in white finish – that has been sitting idle and unused on a police parking lot in Czech Republic. According to a report by Magazin ProDriver CZ, the police confiscated this classic Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren in 2011, as part of an investigation into a complex theft case that involves a local leasing company. However, until the police finishes the probe, the now abandoned Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren cannot be touched, sold or even leased. What a sad fate!
Leaving a car – much less a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren -- abandoned on a parking lot for around six years would greatly prime the vehicle for slow destruction. At first glance, this Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren seemed to be in pristine condition. Its white finish seemed to be intact, the same with its other exterior parts and features. However, dust has already built up on different places of the hypercar. While the deterioration might not be seen on the outside, wait until you see the inside. Its engine brakes and other vital components might have already seized up and won’t function as before. Moreover, its electrics could have already been damaged by rats or by the weather.
We could only say that this is a tragic way to waste a great hypercar like the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, which was jointly developed by Mercedes-Benz and McLaren Automotive. Sold between 2003 and 2010, the Mercedes SLR McLaren was a fierce rival of the Porsche Carrera GT and Ferrari Enzo, although it was developed for a dynamic grand touring experience. The acronym SLR stands for "Sport Leicht Rennsport" (Sport Light Racing) as a tribute to the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR.
The Mercedes SLR McLaren is powered by a hand-built 5.4-liter, supercharged all-aluminum V8 engine that weighs only 232 kg (511 lbs).
Featuring cylinders angled at 90 degrees with a Lysholm-type twin-screw supercharger, this front-mid mounted V8 engine could deliver up to 626 PS (460 kW or 617 hp) of output at 6,500 rpm and up to 780 Nm (580 lb.-ft.) of torque available between at 3,250 rpm and to 5,000 rpm. This engine is mated to an AMG SPEEDSHIFT R five-speed automatic transmission with three manual modes.
Mercedes initially set the production limit for the hypercar to 3,500 units. However, by the end of 2007, only 1,400 units of the Mercedes SLR McLaren have been sold. Production of the hypercar effectively ended in 2009.