Kanye West spotted in million-dollar Mercedes

May 23, 2011 12:00 AM

Kanye West has always been known for drawing attention to himself, and the hip-hop artist and producer certainly did that while driving to an AIDS benefit at the Cannes Film Festival. West rolled up in a Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss, a convertible variant of the already-insane Mercedes SLR McLaren.

According to Motor Trend, the SLR Stirling Moss gets its moniker from the racing legend of the same name, who was famous for driving top-down racecars with little more than a goggle and helmet between him and the onrushing air. Moss won many races for Mercedes in the 1950s, and the vehicle is a fitting tribute.

It reaches 62 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds and can hit 217 miles per hour. Now, many might say that's not too big a deal, as most supercars can reach those levels. However, the SLR Stirling Moss really wows because it's a convertible. Normally this kills any kind of aerodynamic advantage the car would have, but this carbon fiber model is able to hit those high numbers despite that drawback.

Besides the eye-popping performance figures, the Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss is known for its exclusivity. For starters, only 75 models are in existence. To even have a chance to purchase the car, you had to have already owned an SLR McLaren. Then toss in an extra €750,000 ($1.05 million) and the car was yours. What, no loyalty discount? 

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