Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 on sale for privateers

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 on sale for privateers

Mercedes has announced that its full-on competition spec SLS AMG GT3 is available for order and will be priced from €334,000 plus taxes ($606,000 NZ).

The car is on sale now and deliveries will begin in February next year to allow teams plenty of time to prepare for the 2011 season. The GT3 class for production based sports cars is really heating up these days with Mercedes now joining Audi, BMW and Porsche.

The SLS AMG GT3 car features a reworked nose, a ventilated hood, a carbon fibre front splitter, special rear diffuser, and a massive wing at the rear. Other racing extras include a carbon-fibre (CFRP) safety cell, a steel braking system, a six-speed sequential racing transmission (with steering wheel mounted paddles), and a high-tech integrated multi-disc locking differential.

Power comes from a 6.3-litre V8 engine, which interestingly is virtually identical to the motor found in the standard SLS AMG. In terms of performance, the car will accelerate from 0-100 kph in 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed above 300 km/h.

According to the head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsports, Norbert Haug, “The Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 marks the beginning of a new era in Mercedes-Benz customer motorsport. This is an exciting and spectacular sports car for dedicated private teams and talented private drivers.” He added, “I am very pleased that the demand for this new and unique competition car is so great – there are many more enquiries for orders than can initially be dealt with.”

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