I don't need to extol the virtues of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster, as its numbers speak for themselves. A total displacement of 5,439 cc's; power output of 617 horsepower at 6,500 rpm's; 575 lb-ft of torque at 3,200 - 5,000 rpm; 0-62 mph in 3.8 seconds; a top speed of 206 mph. I think you get the idea. But for some, numbers aren't enough. For some, uniqueness plays an an equally decisive role when determining whether or not they should make a purchase, and to this group, I present to you the ultimate in exclusivity – a limited edition Mercedes SLR McLaren Roadster.
It is, by all accounts, a truly rare creature. The last of its kind, it is the only SLR McLaren Roadster in existence to feature a Sienna Pearl metallic paint composition. With metallic elements three times the size of traditional metallic paint, the color can be described as a radiant brown metallic finish with deep copper undertones. Complimenting the exterior, a Tobacco Brown leather interior has been chosen, while gold brake calipers complete the model's unique design.
And while the model in and of itself is noteworthy, what makes it even more special is the cause it's going to serve. In partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue, this limited edition Mercedes SLR Roadster will be featured in the Saks Holiday Catalog and placed up for auction on November 20, 2008, with all proceeds over the model's $529,500 sticker price going to benefit the fantastic St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
If helping the only pediatric
cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance and no child is ever denied treatment due
to the family's inability to pay isn't a good enough reason to bid on a new SLR Roadster, I can say with all sincerity that I don't know what is. So get the checkbooks handy; pre-register for the auction at MBUSA.com starting November 1st; and give back to the kids – they need you.
For more info on Mercedes-Benz USA's limited edition SLR McLaren Roadster, keep reading for the full details.
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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
The Mercedes McLaren SLR Roadster exclusively for the Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Catalog
The provenance of a singular vehicle, built to the exacting standards of Mercedes McLaren, the creators of world championship-winning Formula
One racing cars, this SLR is the only one built for the United States. Legends
are created by a combination of unrivalled performance, technological
leadership and exclusivity. The Mercedes McLaren SLR Roadster follows the
lineage of the Mercedes-Benz 900 SLR racing car, which triumphed at the
1955 Mille Miglia endurance race and forever imprinted this historic racing
victory on the brand Mercedes-Benz.
The Mercedes SLR McLaren Roadster underscores the racing tradition with
its 206 mph top speed, 617 horsepower supercharged V-8 engine and carbon fiber body with scissor-type articulated doors. No other roadster on Earth combines this level of technology and performace - and no other SLR will match the singular model.
The Mercedes McLaren SLR Roadster completes its limited production with this unique SLR Roadster. With carbon fiber bodywork finished in bespoke SLR Sienna Pearl metallic paint and composition Tobacco Brown leather interior, only one SLR in this combination is destined for the United States.
Owning this unique vehicle, the final production SLR Roadster for the United States, will make a statement to automotive enthusiasts for years to come.
This vehicle will be available in an exclusive online auction on November 20, 2008 from
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm EST. The vehicle's price is $529,500 with any and all funds raised above
and beyond donated to St Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Performance and Design Highlights
Sienna Pearl Super Metallic Paint - This unique finish is reserved for this
single SLR Roadster and has metallic elements which are three times the
size of traditional metallic paint and give this SLR a radiant brown metallic
finish with deep metallic copper undertones.
Composition Leather - Complimenting the SLR exterior finish, is an interior
of equal beauty. The Tobacco Brown composition leather interior exudes
performance for the driver and passenger and compliments the exterior finish.
Wheels and Brakes - Fitment of 19-inch SLR wheels with special brake
system, accented with gold brake calipers, completes the exterior design
with a technical statement hinting at this vehicle's incredible performance.
Total displacement: 5,439 cc
Horsepower: 617 at 6,500 rpm
Torque: 575 lb-ft at 3,200-5,000 rpm
Acceleration: 0-62 mph in 3.8 seconds
Top speed: 206 mph
Wheels, front: 9.0 x 19
Wheels, rear: 11.5 x 19
High-performance tires, front: 255/35 R19
High-performance tires, rear: 295/30 R19
About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children
with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a
Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis,
Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric
cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because
of the family's inability to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization.