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Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren: A Beastly 2-Door Grand Tourer

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren: A Beastly 2-Door Grand Tourer

Production from 2003 to 2010

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren - Side in Motion - AngMoKio on Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – Side in Motion – AngMoKio on Wikipedia – EuroDrift

From 2003 to 2010, Mercedes-Benz sold the utterly stunning Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. This 2-door grand tourer sports car was limited to only 2,157 total units over 7 years. The SLR McLaren was a joint project between McLaren Automotive and Mercedes-Benz. Now, McLaren has its own amazing supercars, ranging from the 720S to the Senna GTR. The assembly for the SLR Mclaren was at the Woking, Surrey, England location. With a front mid-engine RWD system, this car fits the meaning of an adrenaline rush. Now, let’s jump right into the performance numbers!

5.4-Liter Supercharged M155 SLR V8

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren - Engine on Display - BrokenSphere on Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – Engine on Display – BrokenSphere on Wikipedia – EuroDrift

Under the hood, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren sports a 5.4-liter supercharged M155 SLR V8 engine. This motor produces a whopping 617 horsepower and 575 lb.-ft. of torque. In combo with a 5-speed auto transmission, this car can hit 60 mph in only 3.4 seconds. In magazine review testing, 3.3 seconds was achieved at one point. Depending on conditions, specifically temperature, this car may perform even better (i.e. colder weather). On the quarter mile, the SLR McLaren reaches 130 mph at 11.25 seconds. Being from a previous era, this car can still compete with modern sports cars.

Tip of the Hat to the SLR McLaren

McLaren SLR Review | Top Gear | BBC – YouTube

The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is now a rare, unique sports car. It is only respectful to tip a hat to this amazing vehicle. Now a collector’s car, these cars are still available on the market. But, having a deep pocket is necessary, as the lowest usually go for over $200,000. Furthermore, the newer ones run into the $300,000 range.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren - Interior - Axel Schwenke on Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – Interior – Axel Schwenke on Wikipedia – EuroDrift

Cars like this do not depreciate over time, but actually grow in value. It is similar to buying art, somewhat a gamble, but with a car like this, it usually pays off. Depending how long the car is kept, the price shall increase or grow steady. Overall, the SLR McLaren is a beautiful display of a joint project by Benz and McLaren. Some people may not like it, but it is one hell of a sports car.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren - Rear Corner - Alexandre Prevot on Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – Rear Corner – Alexandre Prevot on Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

Note: The featured image is by Alexandre Prevot of Wikipedia, just as the image above.

El Chapo: An AMG & Ducati Enthusiast

El Chapo: An AMG & Ducati Enthusiast

A Car Collection for the Dreamers

El Chapo - Picture in US Custody - Wikipedia Commons - EuroDrift

El Chapo – Picture in US Custody – Wikipedia Commons – EuroDrift

Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the Mexican drug lord behind the Sinaloa Cartel, has quite a car collection. Looking beyond the current criminal investigation, El Chapo has great taste in European cars. But, truth be told, he has been a top drug kingpin since 2003. According to the US Department of Treasury, El Chapo is the “most powerful drug trafficker in the world.” With an estimated net worth of around $4 billion USD, any car could be his with a click of his fingers, kind of like Thanos… well maybe not exactly. Currently, El Chapo is imprisoned and awaiting trial in the US. Moving El Chapo to the US was important due to his history of escaping jail time. This happened in July of 2001 and July of 2015. So, obviously no chances were taken on this arrest.

Top-Notch Mercedes-Benz Collection

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren - Front Corner - Alexandre Prevot - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – Front Corner – Alexandre Prevot – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

El Chapo’s collection of vehicles includes quite an array of amazing Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Starting off with the shining gems, El Chap0 has a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren as well as a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. Phew! These two cars individually are enough to pull in dreamers, without the mention of the other. Furthermore, these cars sit alongside a Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG and a Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG. Driving just one of the vehicles listed above is a dream of many. With the cheapest car being a CLA45 AMG at a MSRP of $51k, these vehicles aren’t cheap. At the top end, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren ran around half a million USD. That’s more value than most homes in the US on average.

Two Ducati Motorcycles

Ducati Monster 696 - Side - User Sinank56 - Wikipedia Commons - EuroDrift

Ducati Monster 696 – Side – User Sinank56 – Wikipedia Commons – EuroDrift

Next, El Chapo had quite a nice mini collection of Ducati motorcycles. First, there is the Ducati Monster. Secondly, there is a Ducati Hypermotard 1100. Both bikes offer great escape options in the event of a run. Or, they are also perfect for a cruise around town. Regardless, no one can go wrong with a Ducati bike.

An Armored Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen Jetta - Front Corner - User Alexander-93 - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Volkswagen Jetta – Front Corner – User Alexander-93 – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

Lastly, beyond the Corvette, GTR, and Viper, is an armored Volkswagen Jetta. Since this is a European website, the American cars will not be covered here. But, the armored VW Jetta will! So, why would El Chapo want an armored VW Jetta, a car that is already not that great? Well, it could be that it is inconspicuous. But, with that kind of net value, that Jetta may pack more under the hood than known. It would be no surprise if it wore a twin-turbo V8 with AWD, the perfect setup to escape. It may become a bit front heavy, but with some balancing and weight reductions, it could be an amazing getaway car.

The Verdict May Not Be Good… But the Cars Are!

Narcos | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix – YouTube

Overall, El Chapo is currently facing major jail time in the United States. This means there’s a very high chance that he will not escape again… but nobody truly knows. Although the verdict may not be good, the cars in his collection are amazing. Starting off with a collection of Benz vehicles, that alone is a non-standard set. Imagine waking up everyday to see those AMGs in the garage with two Ducatis and an armored VW Jetta. Furthermore, he had quite a collection of American cars as well including a few armored Jeeps. In the end, his car collection will arise the dreamers.

Note #1: The featured image for the article is by User M 93 on Wikipedia. All other attributions are within the image captions.

Note #2: The above YouTube video is for a Netflix TV show titled Narcos, which is supposedly based on reality. So, it is not the real El Chapo, not the 100% real story.

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