Tuner Tuesday: 2006 Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR Renntech R1

The supercar market has always been a bit perplexing to me; get past the glam and the glitz of these showstopping performance machines, and they generally are seldom used toys that depreciate quickly. You don’t hear about someone having saved money their entire life and walking down to a McLaren dealership to buy a P1, for example. That means once they’re no longer grabbing headlines, the well-heeled owners move on to the newest, biggest and best thing to impress their friends. Back up a decade and there was a massive showdown in 2003 between the Porsche Carrera GT and the Mercedes-Benz McLaren. With nearly equal power output, price and performance, one would have presumed that in today’s market they’d share equal value. Both were and are very special cars, and similar production numbers made it to the United States. But today a good Carrera GT will set you back half a million dollars, while you can grab the McLaren for less than $200,000 today:

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Year: 2006
Model: Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR
Engine: 5.4 liter supercharged V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 4,670 mi
Price: $196,995 Buy It Now

2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren RennTech R1 Package

722HP / 715 LBS-FT !!!

– DRIVE THIS SLR MCLAREN FOR ONLY $2,899/MO!* –

Maserati of Bergen County is thrilled to announce the arrival of this stunning 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. Finished in Coronadite Grey over Black Semi-Aniline Leather, the SLR McLaren has been driven only 4,663 pampered miles. It has been expertly maintained by Authorized Mercedes-Benz Dealers, and is in fantastic condition from top to bottom. No longer in production, this is a rare opportunity to own one of the most outrageous exotic cars ever produced, with all the comforts of a Mercedes-Benz!

This SLR McLaren was professionally upgraded by the brilliant engineers at RennTech, the premier Mercedes-Benz tuner. It was outfitted with the R1 Package ($11,500 plus $3000 in labor) which includes an ECU Remap, Pulley Upgrade, and Dual Intercooler Pump Upgrade. This increases engine output from 626 HP and 575 lbs-ft of torque to 722 HP and over 715 lbs-ft of torque. The additional output is smooth and makes this supercar even more epic!

Included in its $455,750 MSRP, the SLR McLaren Roadster is built with nearly every automotive amenity: Power Adjustable Carbon Fiber Sport Seats, Automatic Transmission, Aluminum Trim, Multi-Function Sport Steering Wheel with Shift Paddles, Dual-Zone Climate Control, Bose Premium Sound System, Bi-Xenon Headlamps, ESP, TPMS, 19-inch Turbine Wheels, HomeLink and more. There may be no easier supercar to live with!

Developed jointly with McLaren Automotive, the Mercedes-Benz SLR is motivated by a hand-built AMG 5.5L supercharged V8. The amazing engine outputs 617HP and catapults the SLR to well over 200MPH, while huge Carbon-Ceramic Brakes and a sophisticated Electronic Stability Program ensure proper road manners. The front-mid-engine placement aids handling and much of the body is constructed from lightweight Carbon Fiber. The long-hood and short deck offer classic proportions and the futuristic body will leave jaws dropped wherever you go. The SLR is in a league of its own!

If you are in the market for a pristine example of an SLR McLaren, extremely well cared-for and in the right color combination, call or email us regarding this Mercedes-Benz today. It will not last!

*$2,899.00 PER MONTH, 72 MONTH FINANCE, $30,000.00 CASH DOWN, All prices including all cost paid by consumer except tax and Motor Vehicle fees. Buyer responsible for insurance. Subject to credit approval by primary lender. See dealer representative for details.

Of course, this is no average McLaren SLR – this one has been breathed upon by the Mercedes-Benz wizards at tuning firm Renntech; their R1 package brings the car up to “722” specs. It’s pretty amazing that this level of performance is still top of the market; yes, a few hyper cars are faster than the SLR, but 12 years after its launch this Mercedes-Benz can keep up with most new supercars without much difficulty. The best aspect of these cars has to be the noise though; they are otherworldly under full throttle. I was lucky enough to see a few of these roll in anger at Goodwood and boy were they ever impressive. Condition appears near new as it should for so few miles and there’s the nicer aspect of this car in comparison to some other ultra-expensive limited run cars; you can pop down to your Mercedes-Benz dealer to get parts and service at any time. Perhaps part of the problem with the SLR is that Mercedes-Benz’s own replacement – the SLS AMG – seems to be better overall value. It will be interesting to see if the market on these ultra-Benzs ever returns or if they’ll continue to drop in value.

-Carter

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9 Comments

  1. Ugly then ugly now, no surprise at the lost interest. Apparently Gordon Murray washed his hands of it before it was done.

  2. Any car that has its exhaust exit where this one does deserves a special place in my heart. I remember when it obliterated everything on the TopGear lap standings too, by like 2-3 full seconds.

    @Carter – I’m super envious that you’ve been to Goodwood!!

  3. @UrSDriver, you ever think the rear 3/4 has some Chris Bangle-ish/Z4 coupe type lines in it? It is an unusual, and not downright classically handsome car (IMHO), I’ll give you that.

  4. @Ry, yes, went in 2004 when I was in school at Cambridge and again in 2006. Sell some organs and go there, it’s unbelievable. I believe Andy Priaulx was the one driving the SLR when I was there; his burnout was so massive that the car caught fire at the top of the hill. I can still remember the sound; looked and sounded like a Spitfire got shot down. One of many, many incredible memories from there.

  5. @RY, yes very Chris Bangle. Knock off’s of the turbine wheels are nice looking on some older Benzes.

  6. @JCHouston…lol.

  7. In case I’m not the only one wondering how they got a cat and a muffler to basically hide behind a front fender:

    http://www.steynfamily.com/images/slr-engine-left-side-b.jpg

    http://www.webwombat.com.au/motoring/news_reports/images/mclaren-fac7.JPG

    And the grille emblem is the intake (?!?) if I’m understanding correctly? That is one creative breathing package.

  8. Speaking of “creative breathing package,” I just read Paris Hilton has two of them. She put her skanky night vision cursed pox on this car and doomed it from the get go.

    This really seems to be the kind of car that appeals mostly to the ultra wealthy skanks & shieks demographic. I bet there are dozens in Dubai, probably as police cars – to impress foreigners and hotel heiresses.

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