July 11, 2006

Mercedes-Benz announces SLR 722 Edition

Mercedes-Benz SLR 722
Mercedes-Benz SLR 722
Mercedes-Benz SLR 722. Click image to enlarge

Stuttgart, Germany – Mercedes-Benz has introduced its new SLR 722 Edition, which pays homage to a 300 SLR that won the Mille Miglia in 1955. Driven by Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson, that vehicle had the starting number 722, the name used on the new edition.

The SLR 722 carries a supercharged 5.5-litre V8 that makes 650 hp, and is hand-built in the AMG engine shop in Affalterbach, Germany. The car accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds, and reaches 200 km/h in 10.2 seconds, on its way to a maximum speed of 337 km/h. The new edition also features 19-inch light alloy wheels, stiffer shocks, 10-mm lower body, and larger brake discs than standard models.

Mercedes-Benz will also mark the model with the foundation of the worldwide “SLR Club” at the Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet in southern France; SLR customers will automatically become members and can take advantage of events related to the SLR, including the club’s Safety & Speed Academy, which offers special driver training courses and seminars.

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