On the occasion of AMG's 45th anniversary, Mercedes has produced a very limited edition of the SLS AMG aimed primarily at car collectors with a penchant for motor racing. In fact, it's a model based on the SLS that took part in the DTM championship.
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary is its name. Based on the GT3 racing model, it commemorates 45 years of the Mercedes-Benz racing division, AMG. Very exclusive, only five of the models will be built, and none of them road-licensed as they are reserved for racetracks and test circuits, like the Ferrari 599XX to name but one. These five units will be produced at AMG's headquarters in Affalterbach and will be built by hand. Each of the bruisers will wear matte grey paint and have various carbon fibre reinforced plastic components, including the hood, trunk lid, doors, tailgate, rear wings, front and rear apron, rear diffuser and front spoiler. And the gull wings on both sides of the car will bear the words “45 Years of Driving Performance”. The grey carbon fibre theme of the bodywork extends into the cabin.
Under the hood sits the 6.2-litre AMG V8, installed by Bernd Schneider assisted by an AMG technician. As Schneider carried out most of the test drives for the SLS AMB GT3 and has won the DTM championship five times, the engine badge bears his autograph. It does 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds and hits a top speed of 300 km/h. The five future buyers will need to fork out €446,250 for the pleasure and will receive their cars at a handover ceremony in Affalterbach.
Although the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary is not road licensed, its engineers will draw inspiration from it for the next Black Series version, much awaited by many. The road version now being built should soon be the talk of the town!
By Brian Oudart - autoExpert.ca