New Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR Roadster

I thought the original Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR was a nice enough car but its looks just didn’t do it for me. That was until I saw one live – the car looks way better live than in pictures. In an effort to inject more life into the slow-selling supercar, Mercedes has done away with the top and created the Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR Roadster. I have to admit, it is a mighty fine package.

The new Roadster features a carbon fiber roof. In fact, every body panel, except for two, is made from the exotic material. The loads of carbon haven’t done much to lower the weight of the car – it’s still super heavy. The engine is the standard SLR’s 617 HP unit instead of the 722’s 650HP motor.

The Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR Roadster is the first convertible Mercedes in recent memory where the top is not fully automatic. The occupants will have to manually unlatch the roof, push upwards, and then let the motor take over. What’s up with that? The most expensive car in Mercedes’ lineup and I have to manually unlatch the roof? Forget it. There’s no way I’m paying Β£350,000 for that.






72 thoughts on “New Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR Roadster”

  1. Nate W. says:

    Sexy. Maybe after Paris Hilton gets out of jail she’ll pick one up. And then probably drive it drunk into a tree without panties on.

    1. Eric says:

      I think that’s what I’ll stick in the bottom of my streamliner…

      Just go ahead and click.

    2. KidBlogger says:

      Hahahaha… good one nate!

    3. Shaun Carter says:

      IF she makes it out…

    4. A month in the slammer — I think Britney might just beat her to it LOL. Pretty sweet ride though, this roadster.

    5. rahul says:

      may be next Video in pipeline -“45 nights in Jail” 😈

  2. Bob Buskirk says:

    So John when are you buying me one of these?

    1. John Chow says:

      When the cows come home.

        1. Jack says:

          oh your hand’s been in there..

        2. KidBlogger says:

          Hahahahaha! got me there

  3. Marc says:

    Finally, a car I like πŸ™‚ Don’t get me wrong the Vette was great but was just the wrong colour for me. This though… I would love one of these.

    I love the turbine look of the wheels. They look fantastic.

    John you’re just too picky. The price tag is obviously stiff but who cares if you have to attach/detach the top. That’s a minor inconvenience πŸ™‚

    1. John Chow says:

      It maybe a minor thing but even a lowly SLK has a fully auto top! How can Benz make you work to remove a top on a £350,000 car? Only peons remove their own tops! 😈

      1. Eric says:

        hahaha, that may be true John… but it’s definitely true that only John Chow says peons.

        keep it classy

      2. and the SLK is cheaper. I have 4 SLK and I’m selling 3 for 40,000$ if you live in the Philippines.. (it’ll go up if you live elsewhere because of customs… haha)

        oh. but of course… we can’t compare the SLK to the SLR since the SLR is way way much faster.

      3. You still haven’t told us what car/s you actually drive, John!

        1. Yes she is right, what car do you own? could we see some pictures?

        2. I think you probably mean what ‘cars’ do you own.. I’m sure John has a whole lot of them eh John? :mrgreen:

  4. Blog Potato says:

    That car is nice. It isn’t my favorite, but it is pretty slick.

    1. Al Davies says:

      Werd… I’m more partial to the
      older mercs from the 80s but this one sure is purty. Ever since they sold to daimler and started focusing more on affordable cars they’ve gone wayyy downhill. Their pricier models still have guts tho

      1. My favorites are BMWs

  5. Louiss says:

    Wow, i love Mc Laren, but not this model. The fastest sport car in the world. I forgot which model already. Anyone know it? πŸ™‚

    1. John Chow says:

      You’re thinking of the F1. It’s no longer the fastest car in the world. It’s #3 now.

      1. Guillermo says:

        Which is number 1?

  6. Beautiful car. You aren’t far off from being able to buy that 350,000 pound car from your web revenue! 😈

    Good luck,

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  7. KidBlogger says:

    Sleek car, sleek car!

    1. KidBlogger says:

      Huh? 😯 so not

  8. Guillermo says:

    What a beauty! 😯 John, how do you obtain those pictures?


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    1. Guillermo says:

      By the way sorry about the signature links, I guess they only redirect to a non-existent page in your blog.

      1. Guillermo says:

        Cause I suck at typing HTML apparently 😳

        1. good thing you’re an Internet Marketing Professional lol.. :mrgreen:

    1. Guillermo says:

      What’s up with the duplicate comments? I REALLY suck at this, don’t I? πŸ˜₯

  9. Joeblow says:

    I remember you showed your car few months ago John. Have up updated yet. Your making so much money of this blog plus your techzone you should be driving at least a decent car.

  10. idk looks kinda like the batmobile

    i never erally liked the SLR’s styling.

  11. Tyler Ingram says:

    I like the look of that car. I don’t care what all you other peopl esay πŸ˜›

    Though if I had that type of money, what 350,000 pounds is 700,000-800,000 CDN? I would put the money towards another car(s)….

    1. I don’t think i’d ever spend that much money on this car (if I had the money I mean)

      I don’t know what i would pick, but it does seem a bit pricey.

  12. mike says:

    BEEUUTIFUL cars. I definitely have the picture of one up on my vision board!

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  13. KidBlogger says:

    I love the car’s interior!

  14. Ed Lau says:

    …they ruined it.

    The SLR is heavy because they fitted it with an auto gearbox and stuff like stereo equipment and such. It’s not a focused car…even though it’s fast.

  15. Shaun Carter says:

    This is my new favorite car – wow what a beast!

  16. Everton says:

    Mercedes make good cars, but I’ve never understood their pricing strategy. Pound for pound, or dollar for dollar, there’s a better car available at every price point.

    I used to work across the road from McClaren until they moved to the new factory on the other side of town. It was amazing listening to hear them testing the car and watching the SLR prototypes coming and going.

  17. Everton says:

    You seem to be big on cars John – what do you drive? I’m car-less at the moment, although I’m picking up a Porsche Cayman S in September and I can’t wait! It’ll be my second porker as I had a Porsche Boxster S between 2001-2005.

    1. ricdes says:

      Damn man, your getting me jealous. Maybe you should check out my site ;).

      1. Everton says:

        Nice site. How long have you been going? Got a way to go to raise the funds as you’re at $30 so far….

        I joined this board yesterday looking for advice on colours and options. I’ve got a few weeks while I can change my spec

  18. When I pay that much for a luxury car, I expect a luxurious experience and nothing less. Stopping in the middle of the road in really expensive clothes in very bad weather to get that car roof working…hmmm, I don’t know about that.

  19. Great car, I think too much produced, with that price!, but nice!

  20. ricdes says:

    I dont know. One of the guys in our neighboorhood has one. It doesn’t have that “one” thing that a nice Benz has to have.
    Seriously, I like the tuned 350z from my friend much better but the SLR has a better engine with no doubt.
    I would anyhow pick an R8 over this star… It’s only a powered up SL

  21. Amanda says:

    eh I dont like the pointy front.

  22. green says:

    Well its too much worth trying it πŸ˜‰

    1. JasonJ says:

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  23. SEO Blog says:

    It reminds me a little bit of the batmobile lol. It’s definitely a sharp car but I’ve got to agree, how can you not have an automatic top on it?

  24. wow thats a beauty !!

  25. SeanS says:


    I need to have it someday……in my dream 😎

  26. SK says:

    πŸ˜€ Working toward having one :mrgreen:

  27. Artem says:

    I always wondered of SL model, but this is somefing extra amazing. 😯

    Another good work from Mers

  28. James says:

    I would love to have that car…

  29. kweenkong says:

    WOWOWEEWOW! That is one schweeeeet ride!

    By the way, your card has been rotating on my site. Hope you’ve gotten a few clicks. πŸ˜‰


  30. i rather get a ferrari…never been a fan of McLaren…this one looks like a Z4…

  31. It’s a nice car, but even if I had the money I wouldn’t buy it. Of course I say that, but I don’t really know what I would say if I could right a check for that.

  32. Nice car, I want one of those!

  33. great car, but how come it’s still super heavy with all that carbon fiber?

  34. work at home says:

    When Mercedes took the top off that was ingenious of them. Looks a lot better in black or gray though.

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