Unique Mercedes SLR 722S Roadster McLaren Edition Goes For $1 Million

A rare Mercedes-Benz SLR 722 S Roadster McLaren Edition is looking for a new home – and is unlike any other ever produced.

Mercedes-Benz and McLaren collaborated on the SLR in the early 2000s, and in 2006 unveiled the more-powerful 722 Edition, available in both Coupe and Roadster guise.

While production of the SLR ceased in 2009, McLaren wasn’t done with the vehicle and decided in 2011 to launch the exclusive SLR McLaren Edition, limited to just 25 units globally, just six of which were Roadsters.

The SLR 722 S Roadster McLaren Edition in question is arguably the most eye-catching of those six. For starters, it is adorned in a custom two-tone McLaren Orange paint scheme which incorporates a number of gloss black elements.

Elsewhere, the McLaren Edition incorporates a new bodykit aimed at increasing downforce. There’s also an upgraded suspension system and a host of lightweight elements which reduce weight by a considerable 50 kg (110 lbs). As if that wasn’t enough, this specific SLR McLaren Edition includes upgraded engine management software, beefed-up intercoolers and a McLaren sports exhaust. As a result, the car’s 5.4-liter supercharged V8 no longer delivers 641 hp like other 722 models, but 741.

This SLR McLaren Edition also happens to be the only one built by MSO to U.S.-specification, with the remaining five residing in Europe.

Given the car’s exclusively and its host of unique features, it’s no surprise that it is expensive; the asking price on MotorGT at the time of writing was sitting at a pretty $1.05 million. Is it worth it? If you love the SLR, it probably is.

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  • Mr. EP9

    Ugly paint job with ugly styling and someone paid 1 million dollars for this? Well, congrats to that person. I’m sure no one is going to envy you. The 722 S was perfect just the way it was. I have no idea why McLaren went ahead and messed with it and did this to it. This looks like a Mansory body kit.

    • Kagan

      Probably for more money.

    • I once read the interview about it. Apparently it’s because of customer suggestions that McLaren should made the SLR the way they want it to be, since Mercedes demands more GT than sportscar. I think if they painted it silver or black, It would look better.

  • SteersUright

    If this car was on sale for $100k I’d struggle to be excited by the opportunity to buy it. At 1 million, you have to be kidding.

    • Dr Bjorn K. Von Strangefingger

      Thinking the same.

  • Bash

    I wouldn’t have a problem with it but unfortunately they had to use that paint-job! i bet a dark gray would make it look much better.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    that car was ugly when it was new and uglier now

    • baofe

      The original/722/Sterling Moss iterations of the SLR to me are some of the most beautiful cars Mercedes has built. This though is pretty obnoxious

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  • Tumbi Mtika

    The MSO editions ruined the SLR.

    • How so? I mean I don’t know why they choose flashy color but I think it’s what SLR would be if they are meant to be proper sportscar.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        I always think of the SLR as a luxury GT rather than a balls to the wall sportscar, so as a result the MSO models felt a bit weird to me.

        It was too Mercedes for me to look at the McLaren touches as natural, which is sad. To me, it’s barely a McLaren in name only.

  • I know that it’s very limited but the asking price is just crazy.

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