A new trademark filing suggests Mercedes could bring back the SLR.
The Mercedes-Benz SLR is one of the most legendary race cars from the 1950s that raced in the 1954 and 1955 Formula One championships. It spawned the Uhlenhaut Coupe limited to two examples, which was the fastest road car ever built at the time with an impressive top speed of 180 mph.
Mercedes then revived the Sport Leicht-Rennen (Sport Light-Racing) name last decade when it teamed up with McLaren to produce the SLR grand tourer, as well as the ultra-rare Stirling Moss speedster. The SLR McLaren hasn’t been in production since 2010, but a new trademark filing suggests it could be making a comeback.
The Drive has discovered that a New York-based law firm filed on Daimler's behalf with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the rights to the "SLR" name on March 1 pertaining to "land vehicles and structural parts thereof."
Sadly, this doesn't confirm Mercedes is bringing back the fabled SLR. Many automakers renew trademarks to prevent other companies claiming rights to a name, but we would love to see Mercedes bring it back. The last SLR McLaren was powered by a 5.4-liter supercharged V8 producing 617 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque, which made it one of the fastest cars available at the time. The AMG GT is also now four years old, so the trademark could hint at a future successor reviving the SLR name.
Mercedes has been busy registering trademarks for potential new models lately, including the O-Class, GLS 600, GLS 680, S680, C53, and several EQ names. Last year, the automaker also filed trademarks for the S73, G73, and GLS73 names, as well as several "40,” "50” and "53” models. Whether any of these models will enter production remains to be seen, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed for an SLR successor.