The famed Mercedes McLaren SLR boasts 617bhp, 5,439cc SOHC supercharged V-8 engine, five-speed AMG Speedshift R automatic transmission with three manual modes, four-wheel independent coil-spring suspension, and four-wheel Sensotronic hydraulic disc brakes. This 722 Edition is, in every sense of the word, a step up.
As two of the most successful teams in motorsport, people tend to take notice when Mercedes-Benz and McLaren work together.
With each having an enviable racing record, few partnerships in the automotive world have been more fruitful. Mercedes-Benz had been supplying engines to McLaren in Formula One since the mid-1990s, and over the course of the following 15 years, McLaren F1 cars racked up numerous wins. Mercedes-Benz eventually acquired 40 percent of the McLaren Group, and at this time, the two companies produced their first road car together, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. When introduced in November 2003, the Ferrari Enzo was set to do battle with the Porsche Carrera GT, and accordingly, the car’s performance and 206-mph top speed firmly put it into the upper echelon of supercars. Yet, there was much more to the story.
Rather than creating an all-out, no-compromises supercar, Mercedes-Benz and McLaren decided to go a slightly different route. Instead of placing the engine in behind the cabin, the car had a front-mid-engine layout, with the engine sitting behind the front wheels and just ahead of the cabin. This not only helped to improve the SLR’s handling by giving it near-perfect weight distribution, but this also gave the car a rather spacious boot and cabin, which was not common in cars boasting such performance credentials. As it was supremely engineered and built to incredible standards at McLaren’s facilities in Woking, it boasted a very high level of fit and finish, the kind befitting of any Mercedes-Benz. To many, it was the perfect automobile for cruising across Europe at a very high speed.
The 722 Edition SLR was introduced in 2006. The “722” refers to the victory by Stirling Moss and his co-driver Denis Jenkinson in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR with the starting number 722 (indicating a start time of 7.22am) at the Mille MIglia in 1955.
The “722 Edition” includes an engine rated 650 PS (480 kW; 640 hp) at 6,500 rpm and 820 N·m at 4,000 rpm. 19-inch light-alloy wheels were used to reduce unsprung weight, while modifications were also made to the suspension, with a stiffer damper setup and lower ride height introduced for improved handling. Larger 390 mm (15 in) diameter front brakes and a revised front air dam and rear diffuser were also fitted. Exterior changes, other than the larger 19-inch black light-alloy wheels, include red “722” badging, harking back to the original 722 racer, and slightly different tail lights and headlamps.
The SLR 722 can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.6 seconds, 200 km/h (120 mph) in 10.2 seconds and 300 km/h (190 mph) in 27.6 seconds, and can reach a top speed of 337 km/h (209 mph) faster than the standard Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.
One of just 150 ever produced this is a car for the Mercedes Benz cognoscenti. Its stunning looks and almost inconceivable amounts of power make it sure to go down as one of the stand-out models in Mercedes’ long and illustrious history. Presented in Crystal Antimony Grey with Black Leather & Alcantara seats, this 722 has covered just 13,000km from new. Described as being in excellent condition throughout one would struggle to find one of these special cars in better shape.