Das Reboot: behind the wheel of MSO’s Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
âEarly cars can still be bought for under Â£ 250,000,â Reinhold explains, âand when you think of the prices contemporary 2000s-era supercars are now commanding (the Porsche Carrera GT, the Ferrari Enzo and the Pagani Zonda), it’s relatively decent value. Sooner or later SLR prices are going to have to start to rise, and many owners see the financial benefit of modernizing and updating their cars now, perhaps with a view to a larger return later.
I’m sure a lot of them see the meaning of upgrades as well for convenience. I was too young to drive an SLR when they were new, but contemporary road tests all make similar reviews. That the control of the body of the ordinary car was soft and rude; his nervous leadership and undermines confidence; its carbon-ceramic brakes give a fuzzy feel and lack bite; and its old-fashioned five-speed torque converter gearbox (the only one in Mercedes’ tech arsenal that could handle the V8’s monstrous torque) clumsy and slow.
MSO would certainly seem to have made a big difference in the experience of driving the SLR. MSO’s SLR steers in a progressive and intuitive way, without nervousness or unpredictability. It still has a clunky gearbox and pretty poor brakes, not because those aren’t set correctly, but because they were Mercedes Sensotronic electro-hydraulic plugs, which in fact made no physical connection. direct between the pedal and the caliper. Bite issues associated with carbon brakes are also listed, but MSO is working on a steel brake that might be a better fit for the car.
The SLR is undoubtedly always at its best on fast intercontinental cruising, when the torque of its monumental V8 makes it feel like its grand fifth gear may be the only one you’ll ever need.
Even on MSO’s revised suspension, the SLR doesn’t really drive well. There’s still some unreconstructed growl and hustle and bustle about its low-speed driving, while the shocks can grab and rip the car’s mass on the freeway, rather than cradling it tightly.