The SLR McLaren, the beastly exoticar from Mercedes, just got beastlier
Mansory, the expensive, high-end, exoticar modifier, is responsible.
This is Mansory’s newest project, and perhaps the ultimate modified Mercedes.
And don’t be thinking that it’s just another Brabus-type aftermarket package, ’cause this is beyond anything Brabus, or anyone else, could have ever done.
Its debut at the 2008 Gevena Auto Show caused quite a stir, mainly among the rich who could not wait to get their hands on one. The rest of us common members of the John Q. Public could only sit back and dream.
From the nose to the fenders, from the design all the way to the paint and interior, this car has been completely remade. It now sits lower, has an overall more exotic and aggressive body, and has a new name- the Mansory Renovatio. Frankly, I’m surprised that no one has written about this car yet, as it is so insanely cool.
All of the body parts are made of carbon fiber, and a lot of attention was paid to aerodynamics and performance. For example, the nose package is specially designed to deliver more air to the engine, and the side skirts calm the air between the axles, as well as providing support for the side exhaust system. And the gold paint, of course, is to make the car look cool.
The interior is also beautifully designed by Mansory, and it combines raciness with luxury. The seats are covered in special “Mansory” leather, and the steering wheel has been redesigned. The aluminum pedals, carbon fiber trim, and illuminated door tread all finish the package up quite nicely.
But don’t be fooled into thinking that this is just a visual package ’cause Mansory tinkered with the performance as well. Tinkered with it quite a bit, in fact.
Claimed top speed is 211 mph, and it now accelerates from 0-60 in 3 seconds flat-all thanks to its Mansory tuned 5.5 liter V8 engine. What Mansory did, is instead of replacing or remaking the engine, they upgraded it by replacing stock parts with theirs. The changes include Mansory’s supercharger, their performance compressors, a sports air filter, and custom intercoolers. As a result, the car now has 690 raging stallions and 649 pound-feet torque. Mansory’s super lightweight, one piece, forged turbine wheels and performance tires combine to make this car a formidable presence indeed.
So if you have the money and the connections, and if your SLR just doesn’t seem to outshine that neighbor who always pisses you off, and who just happens to drive a Ferrari 599, consider the Renovatio. The rest of us can only dream and wish we had one, ’cause that sure is one helluva ride.