The Mercedes-AMG PureSpeed concept is the first vehicle in the ultra-exclusive Mythos Series. Limited to just 250 units, the roadster features an F1-style halo bar.

Two years ago, Mercedes-Benz announced its plans to introduce an ultra-luxurious sub-brand called Mythos Series, featuring only ultra-low-volume models earmarked for the brand’s most dedicated enthusiasts and collectors. Just ahead of the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix, the German automaker revealed the first car in its ultra-limited, high-cost Mythos series, called the PureSpeed concept. Based on the current-generation SL Roadster (although Mercedes doesn’t say it), PureSpeed is a heavily customized, uniquely styled speedster inspired by the company’s iconic vintage race cars and from Formula 1.

The most noticeable thing about the PureSpeed concept is its roofless design. Instead of a traditional windshield seen on most roadsters, the open-top sportscar has a Formula 1-style halo bar that protects the entire cockpit. According to Mercedes, the flying buttresses behind the seats are inspired by the 300 SLR that Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson raced to win the 1955 Mille Miglia. Furthermore, the concept wears a special paint that transitions from Le Mans red to graphite grey, which pays tribute to the 1924 Targa Florio winner. Other special touches include carbon fiber aero elements on the lower section and carbon wheel covers.

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

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The powertrain and performance details have not been shared by Mercedes as of yet. However, we think PureSpeed is based on the SL 63 S E Performance and shares its powertrain. The hybrid powertrain combines a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with an electric motor to churn out a peak output of 803 hp. While PureSpeed is designated as a concept, Mercedes has announced that it will build 250 examples of the roadster that “will only be available to the most dedicated Mercedes‑Benz enthusiasts and collectors.” The pricing has also not been revealed by the manufacturer. But it’s safe to say that it will be significantly more expensive than the SL 63 S E Performance.

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