Mercedes McLaren

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  1. absolut_mac macrumors 6502a

    absolut_mac

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    I'm not really into cars, but one of my coworkers pointed out that there was not one, but two of them parked close to where I work. One outside our shop and the other across the street.

    Very nice looking - I must say that I was impressed. But for that kind of money...

    Maybe if there's enough interest I'll post some pics of my coworkers posing next to it. The funny thing is that both got parking tickets for letting their meters expire! I guess they didn't want the free valet parking just down the street. Hmm, maybe they don't trust him ;)
     
  2. Shamus macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone can appreciate the design and engineering that goes into such vehicles. :cool: Pictures would be cool :)
     
  3. feelthefire macrumors 6502a

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    I know someone who owns one. He let me drive it. I got out of the car and I said "so what happens when you drive this to starbucks in the morning and some grandma T bones you at the light?" and he said "I take out the 9mm in the glove compartment and shoot myself. It would be cheaper than trying to get another one of these."

    That about sums up the ownership experience. For $450,000 before options and destination, well, I'd buy TWO SL65s, which are just as fast, convertible, and have the advantage of not being the size of a small yacht.
     
  4. Greg_C macrumors member

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    Here's some pics...

    Saw the thread title and just had to share...I got to experience one in person! Unfortunately I wasn't old enough to drive any of the cars, but it was still an amazing time.
    www.wcdriving.com
     

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  5. Gymnut macrumors 68000

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    Sweet looking car. I really wish it came in more than one color besides the silver.
     
  6. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000

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    Lol. If you're in that tax bracket, I'm sure you can afford whatever color your heart desires. I've seen a black one 'round these parts, which is a pretty sick car.
     
  7. Airforce macrumors 6502a

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    Great looking car, but I'd spend that amount on other toys.
     
  8. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Nice cars...


    I drive past St. Louis's only Bentley/Maserati/Ferrari/Lamborghini/Every other expensive car I'll never be able to afford dealer every day on the way to and from work, and they always have an orange Murcielago out there that I drool at every time I go past. That's of course in addition to the assorted Bentleys and Ferraris, but damn, I love that car. Anyone want to buy me one? :D
     
  9. pianoman181 macrumors regular

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    My good friend's father owns one of those, in black. I've got a crappy cellphone pic if you're interested. This is I think his newest car of a collection of about 30 or 40. They're all incredibly old and valuable and include Aston Martins, Bentleys, Rolls Royces, Mercedes', and more. Very, very cool. He asked me if I wanted to take the SLR McLaren for a spin with him, but I refused to drive it... too much liability! lol
     
  10. Gymnut macrumors 68000

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    Sweet, although I have to wonder whether the engine compartment would be painted black as well?
     
  11. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Agreed. It's a fantastic car.......one of the very best....but for that much money, I could actually buy a top-of-the-line Octo Mac Pro with 16 GB of RAM.
     
  12. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    just as fast in a straight line with a pro behind the wheel, maybe, but other than that the SLR is the fastest road car with the three pointed star on it.

    AMG pumps out crazy horspower cars these days but they can't put all their power down and are a bit soft - the SLR doesn't suffer from those faults.

    I've never really been too crazy about the SLR or the Porsche Carrera GT though...for half a million I'd like something a little wilder.
     
  13. absolut_mac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, even somebody like me who really isn't into cars can appreciate how great it looks. Pics don't really do it justice.

    Here are my coworkers posing next to it. These were taken yesterday, but I didn't have a chance to download and resize them until now. The one across the street that I didn't take pics of was identical to this one except that it had black wheels with red trim, which gave it a nice contrast between the wheel and the tire.

    And thanks to Greg_C for posting his pics also.

    Aah, to think how many Mac toys and iPhones one could buy for that kind of money... I can dream, can't I???
     

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  14. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    Haha is that pic in Beverly Hills by chance?
     
  15. iGav macrumors G3

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    ...and with a better quality interior. ;) Weheh.
     
  16. absolut_mac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yup, Beverly Hills a tourists paradise. Note that I said tourists and not shoppers, unless the prices don't bother you.

    Heck, in this city most people pay more on their monthly auto insurance than what I earn annually :eek:
     
  17. feelthefire macrumors 6502a

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    The difference is the SL65 lays down the horsepower (and trust me, you can get all 612 out of it) in a driveable way. The SLR is twitchy twitchy to drive. It's stable, but very sensitive and has some pretty substantial torque understeer, while the SL65 is truly a drier's car and nothing but a pleasure. The SLR is a blast on a track or a drag strip but I ran an SL65 on a drag strip as an amateur driver with the AC and bun massagers on and turned in an 11.2 with no effort at all...felt like driving down the road, just at 115 mph.

    The SLR I drove was dark red. My uncle has a murcielago and it's alright but the clutch engages wicked high...I much much much prefer his Ferarri for real driving. His daily driver is a CL600 and he also has the SL65 (which more often than not I can be found driving) and an SL550 for the wife.
     
  18. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    They are nice cars, just a shame we didn't get to see more pics of the DB9.

    Hopes Mclaren release another car of their own, i.e a new F1
     

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