RM Arizona 2017 Highlight – 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722S Roadster



Is the SLR over the hump for hypercars?  You know, the one where it is too new to be a classic, but too dated to be sexy next to the latest Chiron Bugatti.

Perhaps not the SLR Coupe.  But this SLR 722S Roadster is looking stunning again in 2017.  The fact that this is the ragtop helps.  And that this McMerc is not just a 722, but the 722S!  This was the last of the run and featured unique, upsized dark alloys and special satin Crystal Antimony Grey paintwork.  The carbon splitter in front sets the serious tone this 3.6-second supercar deserves!

So while its headlights might look a little dated next to the latest AMG GT-R -- rest assured this 722S McLaren will forever be known as the fastest Mercedes on all time.

Will it top 220-mph?  Only one way to find out!

 

2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722S Roadster

641 bhp, 5,439 cc V-8 engine with a supercharger, five-speed automatic transmission, front and rear suspension with aluminum double wishbones, coil springs, and gas dampers; and four-wheel carbon-ceramic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 106.3 in.

  • Just over 1,900 miles from new
  • One of just 24 examples produced for the United States market

 

Looking to celebrate Stirling Moss’ exceptional win at the 1955 Mille Miglia and the 300 SLR, number 722, which he piloted, McLaren created the ‘722’ edition SLR. Introduced in 2008 as an upgraded version of the already excellent model, its horsepower was raised to 650, and as a result, the car’s 0–60 mph time was improved to 3.6 seconds. Larger carbon-ceramic disc brakes were fitted with lighter 19-inch wheels, and the nose received an all-new diffuser and air splitter to improve downforce, as well as a modified front spoiler. Inside, the SLR 722 edition remained largely unchanged, save for some trim changes and new bucket seats and a steering wheel, which were both upholstered in leather and Alcantara. One year later, the SLR 722 S was released, further increasing the intensity of the most powerful SLR produced by lowering the chassis by 10 millimeters, adding special 19-inch wheels, and applying a special Crystal Antimony Grey paint color. Both coupe and roadster versions of the SLR 722 and 722 S were produced, providing owners with an option to let the wind flow through their hair, if so desired.

Finished in Crystal Antimony Grey over a Semi-Aniline leather interior in Black, this particular SLR 722 S Roadster is presented in virtually as-new condition, having only been driven just over 1,900 miles from new. The car was last serviced in November of 2016, where it received a full fluid flush as well as two new batteries. In addition to receipts for this most recent service, the SLR is also accompanied by all of its original books, window sticker, keys, and first aid kit. Furthermore, it is worth noting that the front bumper and splitter have been wrapped in a clear bra to preserve their immaculate condition over further use.

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