FRANKFURT – The Vision SLR, Mercedes-Benz’s 1999 Detroit auto show concept car, clearly provides the inspiration for the production SLR. However, while the design theme remains, a closer comparison of concept and production cars reveals fundamental differences. It's as if the Vision was handed over to McLaren, which was told, "We want you to keep the styling theme, but you need to find a way to make it work." (See related story: Mercedes SLR to Debut at Frankfurt Show) Mercedes' ...

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