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Mercedes to build SLR variants

08 March 2006

  • SLR supercar may be built in different versions
  • Roadster models could be produced
  • Smaller McLaren in development, too

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Mercedes, and partner firm McLaren, are likely to launch spin-off versions of the SLR supercar, What Car? has learned.

DaimlerChrysler chairman and Mercedes boss Dieter Zetsche said the company was investigating small production runs of the SLR with different bodystyles.

'We could do 50-100 cars with certain attributes,' he told us, hinting that a roadster version could be on the cards.

The SLR is a £313,465 supercar made in limited numbers by F1 racing team McLaren at its Woking headquarters, in partnership with Mercedes.

Powered by a muscular 626bhp V8 engine, the SLR is capable of 208mph and 0-60mph in a scant 3.8sec.

A smaller, cheaper McLaren is rumoured to be in development to challenge junior supercars such as the Ferrari F430.

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