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Mercedes-AMG presented the first car from the Mythos series – PureSpeed. It’s an SL-based roadster that takes cues from Formula 1 design cues, including rollover protection with a center roll bar.

The company has decided to unveil the Mythos ahead of this weekend’s Formula 1 race in Monaco, where residents are also among the few in the world rich enough to afford such a car, although the price has not yet been announced. Small-scale production will begin next year: PureSpeed ​​will be released in a limited edition of 250 copies.

The Mythos design team took the current-generation SL convertible and turned it into a two-seat speedster, replacing the windshield and A-pillars with a tiny aerodynamic shield and a structural rod that splits it in two. Buyers also receive a pair of “aerodynamically optimized” helmets specifically designed for the car.

The PureSpeed ​​also gets an all-new shark-inspired front end that dispenses with the traditional AMG grille and replaces it with a large three-pointed star. Mercedes had already used a similar solution on the C-111 concept back in the 1970s and on the Mercedes-McLaren SLR Stirling Moss later.

The roll bars behind the seats are said to be inspired by the 300 SLR that the legendary British racer drove to victory at the Mille Miglia in 1955, while the red color and number 10 on the front fenders are a reference to the livery of the Mercedes-Benz racer that won the Targa Florio race in 1924 in Sicily.

Most likely, the PureSpeed ​​will have the stock 577-horsepower V8 from the SL63 under the hood, rather than the 805-horsepower V8 hybrid powertrain. (816 hp) from the SL63 SE Performance. Although the company has not yet officially confirmed this.

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