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This Hand-Made AMG GT R Speedster Is Beyond Rare

The Bussink GT R SpeedLegend is an ultra-rare retro-inspired speedster, based on the Mercedes AMG GTR

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It seems there’s a retro-inspired speedster trend going on in recent times. McLaren Elva, Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2, and Aston Martin V-12 Speedster and the upcoming Speedster DBR-1 all came because of it. Although Mercedes beat them to it, with the SLR Stirling Moss, the company hasn’t made anything like it in a while. Because of this, German private collector Roland A. Bussink has taken it upon himself to rectify this. The result is a unique and highly exclusive Bussink GTR SpeedLegend.

This Hand-Made AMG GT R Speedster Is Beyond Rare Exterior
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It’s called the Bussink GTR SpeedLegend
And it’s a retro-inspired speedster

Roland A. Bussink commissioned HWA AG – a company that develops components for AMG. Hans-Werner Aufrecht is the founder of HWA AG, as well as one of the founders of AMG. Officially, Mercedes still don’t have a Speedster as the bespoke AMG GTR is not actually developed by AMG. However, HWA’s connection to AMG makes it the next best thing.

The AMG GTR Speedster draws inspiration from the SLR Stirling Moss, as well as Formula One. Its most distinctive feature is the Y-shaped “Speedbow”. It starts from where the windshield used to be – you still get a small Barchetta-style windshield – and finishes behind the headrests, connecting with the rear of the car. It bears striking resemblance to the Halo used in current Formula One cars. In addition to giving it unique and striking new looks, the element provides structural rigidity.

This Hand-Made AMG GT R Speedster Is Beyond Rare Exterior
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Initially, the car started life as an AMG GT R Convertible, which made the conversion slightly easier, as less cutting was required. But it’s not just a matter of chopping the roof off. There are many other chassis enhancements, ensuring superior structural rigidity.

You can choose to have the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 in stock trim – 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet (700 Nm) or you can have HWA bring it up to a mind-blowing 850 horsepower and 767 pound-feet (1,040 Nm).

For comparison, the McLaren Elva engine is generating 803 horsepower, while the Aston Martin V-12 Speedster – “only” 700. There will be only five copies of the Bussink GTR SpeedLegend.

Engine 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8
Power 850 HP
Torque 767 LB-FT

Source: Bussink

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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