Want. With 650 hp and a top speed of 220 mph, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster 722 S ($TBA; Jan. 2009) may quite possibly be the fastest open-top production car ever built. Powered by a supercharged 5.5 liter V8 engine hand-built in the Mercedes-AMG engine shop in Affalterbach, the 722 S features a carbon fiber body, crystal antimony grey paint finish, and a soft top that can withstand sustained 200 mph+ top speeds. Only 150 of these very-much-not-for-mass-production rides will be sold. [via]
A topless version of the world's fastest production car? We're in. The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport ($2.25 million) keeps the coupe's 1001 hp, 16-cylinder engine, and has been developed so there will be no draft inside, even when exploring the upper reaches of the car's 217 mph top speed. While the company will reportedly build just 80 Grand Sports, the first will be auctioned off at the world-renowned Pebble Beach Concourse d'Elegance, so if you're interested, be prepared to head to Monterey County with your bidding hat on, and a pile of money by your side.
Who knew Mexico would be the home of one of the best-looking sports cars in recent memory? The Mastretta MXT (£32,999; 2009) is the country's first car, but it's no rookie effort. Boasting 240 hp from a turbocharged 2.0L engine, the car moves from 0-60 in less than five seconds with a top speed of around 150 mph, all thanks to its curb weight of less than a ton. The MXT is rounded out by its fiberglass body, which provides looks rivaling the best of what Italy and Germany has to offer. [via]