Mercedes-AMG PureSpeed Debuts In Monaco News Staff
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The Mercedes-AMG PureSpeed takes inspiration from the 1955 Mile Miglia

This is the first model of Mercedes-AMG's limited edition "Mythos" series, and it’s called the PureSpeed.

The open-top, two-seater roadster finally pays homage to the company’s long and storied motorsports history. Its bones are an adaptation of the Mercedes SL convertible’s architecture. The front end has a streamlined shark-nose design instead of Mercedes' traditional grille, complete with a white-painted AMG logo on the lower grille.

Instead of a windshield, the car has a halo bar structure similar to those used on Formula 1 cars. Meanwhile, the flying buttresses behind the seats are meant to evoke the 300 SLR Stirling Moss and navigator Denis Jenkinson drove to victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia. This includes the car's paint, which transitions from Le Mans red to graphite grey and is inspired by a Mercedes that won the Targa Florio in 1924.

Mercedes famously painted the 1955 race-winning car in Italian red instead of the traditional German white in an attempt to deter fans from interfering with the car–obviously, the plan worked.

Design-wise, elements of the PureSpeed's design also come from tech borrowed from the Mercedes-AMG One hypercar. Further aerodynamic upgrades are provided by the carbon fiber splitter and sill accents, along with the wheel covers made to reduce turbulence around the wheels and facilitate brake cooling.

"The PureSpeed is quite literally pure: unadulterated, without frills and offering the direct experience of performance and driving," said AMG chairman Michael Schiebe in a statement. The car was unveiled in Monaco on the eve of the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix with the help of Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.

Mercedes isn't saying what's under the engine cover of the PureSpeed, but it could be the SL63-sourced twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 that offers 577 hp, or, the far more substantial 805 hp when paired with AMG's E Performance hybrid technology.

Just 250 examples will be built, and Mercedes-Benz is keen to stress that this model is strictly for its most loyal fans and collectors.

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