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by Matt Brogan

Mercedes-Benz has announced a race-spec version of its new SLS AMG that will be available just in time for the 2011 racing season.

Dubbed the SLS AMG GT3, the car is said to share a close relationship to the road-going version of the SLS AMG and will even feature a version of the same 6.3-litre V8 that powers the road-going model. The FIA has yet to determine final output figures, but expect upwards of the road-going version’s 426kW.

A bare-bones racer, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 boasts a number of track enhancements including a more aggressive aerodynamic package, revised front fascia, side winglets and massive rear wing. A large bonnet vent and underbody package complete the aerodynamic upgrades.

The cabin has been stripped of all unnecessary features to reduce weight, but gains a full roll cage and integrated fire extinguisher system.

Pricing will be announced closer the SLS AMG GT3’s launch in Q3 this year.




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