On The Cover Review: 2010 Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss Edition
Red Book had the opportunity to sit in a SLR Stirling Moss Edition at the 2009 North American International Auto Show, and although that was a pretty distinct honor, it’s probably the closest we’ll ever get to actually driving one. The Stirling Moss SLR is capable of speeds as high as 217 mph—that’s if you have the nerve to drive a $1-million car that fast. But even more impressive than the performance is the appearance. This thing makes the Batmobile look like a minivan. There’s no top, no windshield, and the doors swing up to reveal a carbon fiber-lined cabin. Exotic isn’t even the word to describe what this car is like—it’s almost otherworldly. Stirling Moss was one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time, and much of his career was spent behind the wheels of Mercedes-Benz cars. This SLR built to honor his name will only have 75 copies, and all will be sold in Europe. Also, it will mark the end of the relationship between Mercedes and McLaren, at least for now. But what a way to end a partnership.