For your viewing pleasure, we’ve got a video which sees Rhys Millen, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb record-holder and Chanelle Sladics, Winter Games Medalist, race down the notoriously treacherous Loveland Pass. A 616-bhp McLaren 12C Spider vs. a skilled snowboarder, the video features the 12C showing off its ability in icy and snowy conditions. We’ll leave it at that and let you see who comes out victor.
McLaren sits among a very elite group of carmakers and with this, the MP4-12C Spider, they show us once again why they belong there. The drophead version of their MP4-12C is just as powerful as the original and features a retractable roof to keep things interesting. Power comes from McLaren’s 616-horsepower 3.8 liter twin-turbo V8, which lets this beauty break the 200-mph with a top speed of 204 mph. The top can go up or down in about 17 seconds with a power wind deflector behind the seats to keep the aerodynamics intact even at high speeds and the wind blowing through your hair. The McLaren MP4-12C Spider is priced at $265,750. More images below.
All good things must eventually come to an end. A prime example of this is the Mercedes-Benz/McLaren relationship that will be coming to a hault after one last beauty. The duo has unveiled the McLaren SLR Stirling Moss, a windshield-less piece of perfection that tops out at 217 mph.
It pays hommage to British race car driver Stirling Moss, who’s still the current record holder for the Mille Miglia. Even though the cockpit is not as aerodynamically sound as it could or should be, the final Mercedes-Benz McLaren will still bolt you from 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds. Priced at €750,000 (approx. $1,050,000), there will only be 75 Stirling Moss SLRs made.
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McLaren and Mercedes-Benz have officially unveiled the SLR McLaren Roadster 722 S today. It’s got all the goodness of the 722 but with an open-top (images below). Like the Final Series Arnage by Bentley, this car will also only see 150 units of it being produced. The first day of 2009 will be a good day.
Performance wise, the hand-built 5.5L V8 AMG engine that produces 650-hp with a maximum torque of 604 lb-ft. will be running the show on the 722 S. It’s mated with a 5-speed automatic transmission that allows for a 0 to 62 mph sprint in just 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 208 mph.
Mercedes-Benz also added a stiffer suspension, lowered the body by 10 millimeters at the front and back, improved the handling dynamics and added 19-inch lightweight aluminum wheels with red brake calipers.
There’s a gallery full of pics for you to drool over. Thanks eGMCarTech for the shots and head over there to peep the press release as well.
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Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster 722 S: