|Country of origin||Germany|
|Configuration||M159 90º V 8|
|Location||Front, longitudinally mounted|
|Weight||206 kilo / 454.2 lbs|
|Construction||aluminium block and head|
|Displacement||6.208 liter / 378.8 cu in|
|Bore / Stroke||102.2 mm (4 in) / 94.6 mm (3.7 in)|
|Valvetrain||4 valves / cylinder, DOHC|
|Fuel feed||Fuel Injection|
|Chassis/body||aluminium body panels over aluminium spaceframe|
|Front suspension||double wishbones, anti-dive, coil springs, gas-pressurised shock absorbers, anti-roll bar|
|Rear suspension||double wishbones, anti-dive and anti-squat, coil springs, gas-pressurised shock absorbers, anti-roll bar|
|Steering||rack-and-pinion, power assisted|
|Brakes||ventilated carbon ceramic discs, all-round|
|Gearbox||Paddle Operated 6 speed Semi-Automatic|
|Drive||Rear wheel drive|
The new SLS AMG GT3 is an emphatic continuation of AMG's commitment to motor sports. AMG has been a pioneer in the motor sports world ever since its foundation in 1967. The new racing version of the SLS AMG is developed and produced by AMG in close cooperation with HWA AG. HWA is responsible for the DTM racing team on behalf of Mercedes-Benz Motorsports. The HWA team is one of the most successful in international motor sports, as witness nine driver championships in the DTM and ITC, as well as two championship titles in the FIA GT Championships.
The SLS AMG GT3 is set to write another chapter in this success story, and harks back to the 300 SL racing sports car of 1952 which first established the "gullwing" legend. Its historic victory in the "Carrera Panamericana" long-distance race also made Mercedes-Benz a household name in North and Central America, and demonstrated the know-how and expertise of the Stuttgart-based automobile company.
The new SLS AMG GT3 is wide, flat and has spectacular racing car looks. The main focus when modifying the body of this gullwing model was on aerodynamic performance - as is seen not only in the new front apron with a splitter, the bonnet with its central cooling air vent and the wider front and rear wings, but also in the the side wheel arch air vents, the sideskirts with cooling ducts for the rear brakes, the smooth underbody with a rear diffuser and the adjustable rear aerofoil. All these features ensure a low drag coefficient and maximum downforce - while guaranteeing effective cooling of thermally highly stressed components. The C-pillars accommodate the standardised filler pipes for the fast-refuel system.
The wheels are located by a double-wishbone suspension of forged aluminium at the front and rear. Adjustment facilities for the springs and shock absorbers, the suspension height, the stabilisers, the track width and camber allow an individual setup for the racetrack. Rack-and-pinion steering with a more direct ratio and speed-sensitive servo assistance make for extremely agile handling. Behind the central-locking AMG light-alloy wheels, a composite steel racing braking system with racing ABS ensures outstanding deceleration.
The interior of the SLS AMG GT3 is dominated by a functional racing car atmosphere: the steel rollover cage not only ensures the driver's safety, but also adds additional reinforcement to the aluminium spaceframe. Another eye-catching feature is the racing buucket seat with a six-point seat belt and HANS system (Head and Neck Support). The central display is perfectly positioned in the driver's field of vision, and shows all the relevant information such as speed, engine rpm, operating temperatures, lap times and the selected gear. The open-top racing steering wheel with gearshift paddles makes perfect vehicle control possible.
Additional controls are located on the centre console. This is where the driver can not only start the AMG V8 engine or adjust the traction control, but also select reverse gear or - if the worst comes to the worst - activate the integrated fire extinguisher system. The adjustment control for the brake balance is located on the torque tube tunnel.
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