The SLR is truly unmistakable. And yet certain details, such as the gills at the sides which act as air outlets, the extended bonnet and the doors, are reminiscent of the gull-wing 300 SL built in the 1950s.
It is the highly attractive combination of classic elements and pioneering technology that makes the SLR Coupé so special. The arrow-shaped nose, with its networked system of air intakes, stretches far out in front. Inspired by the legendary 300 SL "Gullwing", the side gills have a dynamic design that flows towards the rear and underlines the SLR Coupé’s fiery personality. The powerful contoured rear end kicks up much higher than on the 300 SL. The steeply angled spoiler lip with integral AIRBRAKE combines with the 6-channel underbody diffuser to give the vehicle greater aerodynamic downforce for a marked improvement in handling.
This combination of classic and innovative technology elements distinguishes the SLR Coupé as a design icon built fully in the tradition of Mercedes-Benz.