07 November 2008

Blowing its top

The Hamann Volcano: our favourite tectonic-themed SLR variant

Hamann Volcano

You want your SLR faster and more powerful than the frankly weedy 617bhp, 3.8-second-to-60mph standard McMerc?

You’d better go for the 650bhp ‘722’ edition, then. Still not enough? How about the 680bhp, track-only 722 GT?

Still still not enough? You’ll need one of these: the Hamann Volcano. German tuning firm Hamann has revised the SLR, revising the ECU and the exhaust system on the supercharged 5.4-litre V8 to push power to a massive 700bhp and 612lb ft of torque.

That means it’ll now hit 60mph in just 3.6 seconds – a couple of tenths slower than the stock SLR – and top out at a frankly scary 208mph.

Of course, there’s carbon fibre all over the place, along with a new bonnet, diffuser and front spoiler to make sure the Volcano doesn’t enter orbit on a V-Max run.

The two-tone paint job and black split-rim alloy we might give a miss, however.

That said, the Volcano is worth it for the name alone, don’t you think? There just aren’t enough cars named after unpredicatable, murderous tectonic phenomena. What’s the German for ‘overegging the pudding’?

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