When Mercedes-Benz launched the SLR McLaren in the early 2000s, it was a success – at least at launch. The German brand’s syndicate birth child with McLaren did not sell as much as the two companies expected, falling below the expected 500 units annually.
Mercedes has announced that only 3,500 units of the grand tourer will be produced, but at the end of its production in 2010, only a total of 2,157 units were produced.
However, that doesn’t mean that the McLaren SLR was not a good car. Powered by a 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine, it can produce up to 617 horsepower (460 kilowatts) and 575 pound-feet (780 Newton meters), which at the time was super impressive. What wasn’t too impressive, however, was its five-speed automatic torque converter gearbox.
But how does the SLR McLaren rear-wheel drive compare to its new rivals? Carwow pit one against the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera and Ferrari GTC4Lusso to participate in a drag race.
On paper, the Ferrari GTC4Lusso compares squarely to the SLR McLaren. Having a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V12 under its long hood allows the Italian fire brake to produce 681 hp (507 kW) and 514 lb-ft (697 Nm) of twists. Its main advantage on this race, however, is its all-wheel drive configuration, although it is heavier.
The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is the most powerful car here. Powered by a 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12, it can produce up to 715 hp (533 kW) and 664 lb-ft (900 Nm). It’s also the lightest, but the engine only powers the rear wheels, just like the McLaren SLR.
So supercharged versus turbocharged versus naturally aspirated – which of these great tourers wins this drag race? Watch the video at the top of this page to find out.