Mercedes turned the SL into an open-top roadster with a Halo F1 bar

The Mythos PureSpeed ​​concept is limited to just 250 units worldwide.

Mercedes turned the SL into an open-top roadster with a Halo F1 bar Mercedes-AMG PureSpeed ​​concept

Mercedes-AMG on Wednesday unveiled the first car in its ultra-limited and expensive “Mythos” series, called PureSpeed. It is a two-seater, open-top roadster that draws inspiration from the company’s iconic vintage racing cars and Formula 1.

Although Mercedes doesn’t say it, the PureSpeed ​​is very clearly based on the company’s SL convertible, using that car’s headlights and taillights. The front bumper eschews the traditional Mercedes grille for a simplified shark-nose upper look without a grille, while the lower grille gets a white painted AMG logo.

The windshield is gone, replaced by a halo bar structure like you see on an F1 car. The flying buttresses behind the seats are inspired by the 300 SLR that Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson used to win the 1955 Mille Miglia, according to Mercedes. The paint, which changes from Le Mans red to graphite gray, is inspired by the Mercedes that won the Targa Florio in 1924.

Other parts of the car used lessons from the Mercedes-AMG One hypercar. There are carbon fiber aerodynamic elements on the bottom of the PureSpeed ​​to improve aerodynamics. The carbon hubcaps are also there for aerodynamic efficiency, optimizing airflow around the wheels and improving brake cooling.

“The Mercedes-AMG PureSpeed ​​concept offers a glimpse of what is probably the most direct way to experience performance and driving pleasure,” says AMG President Michael Schiebe. “Radically open, neither the roof nor the windshield separates the two passengers from the elements. You can experience light, air and unfiltered passion with all your senses. As a concept for our first Mythos vehicle, it embodies the highest level of exclusivity. Design elements such as the HALO also create a Formula 1 feeling.”

Mercedes didn’t detail the PureSpeed’s powertrain in its announcement, although it’s likely it will borrow the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 from the SL63, either in its base 577-hp form or in its 805 horsepower E Performance form. Regardless, this is probably the most exciting SL you can buy right now.

If you can get one, of course. Mercedes is limiting production to just 250 units, and they will only be available to “the most dedicated Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts and collectors,” according to the brand.

Pricing hasn’t been revealed, although we suspect select buyers will have no problem paying extra for such an exclusive product.

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