September 10, 2003
2003 Frankfurt Auto Show
Mercedes reveals Vision CLS and SLR McLaren
Frankfurt, Germany – Mercedes displayed the Vision CLS and the SLR McLaren high-performance sports car. The Vision CLS is a four-door coupe with a 265 horsepower six cylinder engine that accelerates the Vision CLS from zero to 100 km/h in only 6.4 seconds. Despite this, the engine averages just 7.5 litres per 100 km.
The new SLR McLaren high-performance sports car is being presented to the public for the first time in Frankfurt. The modern “gullwing”, which continues the legend of the SLR racing sports cars from the fifties, is equipped with a 626 horsepower supercharged V8 engine which catapults the two-seater from standstill to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds. Like Formula 1 racing cars, the SLR has a carbon fibre (CFR) body which combines low weight with exemplary energy absorption for the greatest possible occupant safety. Adaptive airbags and newly developed knee and sidebags, as well as belt tensioners, round off the safety features.