Developed to comply with the FIA’s GT3 customer racing formula, the new AMG GT3 will be available to buyers in time for the 2016 series.
On the styling front, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 gets a significantly wider body and track, creating a muscular and hunkered-down look.
There’s a deeper and subtly re-shaped grille up front, flanked by flared guards and a full complement of aero components.
A trio of vents line the top of the view, with a large main opening in the bonnet flanked by a row of gills in each of the front guards.
The requisite GT racing wing features at the rear, and there’s a stripped-out and caged-up racing fit-out in the cabin.
Power is provided not by the regular AMG GT’s 375kW 4.0 litre biturbo V8, but rather the same big 6.3 litre V8 that powered the earlier SLS AMG GT3 racer.
The big high-revving V8 is matched to a six-speed sequential racing transmission, mounted in a transaxle configuration on the rear axle - just as the road-going AMG GT’s shifter is.
Outputs and performance numbers, however, are still to be revealed.
"We are entering a hard-fought and hotly contested competitive environment with the new Mercedes-AMG GT3. The high technological standard and fair race rules are spurring us on to push to take pole position with our new customer racing car,” AMG boss Tobias Moers said.
“You can only give credible proof of your ambition to lead if you're beating the very best in the game.”
Watch for the new GT3 to appear in Geneva next month.
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