The design icon could be reborn...
Who could ever forget the mighty Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren? This car can trace its DNA back to the original SLR, one of the most legendary race cars from the 1950s which competed in the 1954 and 1955 Formula One championship. The SLS AMG and subsequently, the Mercedes-AMG GT may have supplanted it as the halo sports cars from the brand, but the SLR will always be the stuff of sports car lore. Mercedes stopped production of the SLR in 2010, but back in 2019, we heard rumors of its comeback.
So far we haven't heard of any new developments, but luckily the dream of a new Mercedes-AMG SLR, as it would likely be named, has been kept alive by Behance user and car designer Georgi Bozhkov.
This man's designs make us believe that a Mercedes SLR could see the light of day sometime in the future, it's just too good looking not to. And, if it doesn't, you could always scoop one up for about the same price as a Ferrari 488 GTB. Bozhkov started this project when he was abroad in 2018, and claims that one of the cars that made him fall in love with the automotive industry was the SLR.
"No one can deny the fact that Mercedes-Benz designs and creates some of the best cars in the world! When I first saw the SLR in 1999 I told myself this was a work of art" he says. His idea was to recreate the model using modern design elements as well as elements from the 50s and 60s.
From the front, this creation features a massive swooping hood that resembles a certain BMW concept we've recently seen. Its sheer length and sculpted design is certainly an apt tribute to the original car. The side profile also takes on a more curvaceous approach, while the headlights seem to have taken less influence from a Mercedes model and more from the Porsche Taycan. Meanwhile, the fender vents are a fitting tribute to the original, but in this case, look like they could swallow a small child.
Bozhkov said that he wanted this design to be a modern machine that has all the necessary elements of a memorable supercar. Well, good sir, we think you've done it!