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First Look: Mercedes AMG GT3.

If the Mercedes AMG GT is not quite fast enough for you, there’s great news for you.  AMG is producing a racing variant of the GT aimed squarely at the Porsche 911 GT3.  You can catch it in Geneva next month.  Well, catch it if you can.

The GT3 is now the second track-focused car derived from a road-going version from AMG, the first being the SLS GT3, which was launched in 2010.

So far not much information is available including only a single image released by AMG.  We expect this will change when the car is officially unveiled in March.

According to AMG boss, Tobias Moers in a discussion with AutoCar, a FIA GT race version will be available for the 2016 season to replace its predecessor, the SLS GT3.  The design philosophy behind the GT3 is to build a car that excels in every department, meaning an excellent power to weight ratio, driving feel and of course, lap times.

Reportedly, the car could be up to 220lbs lighter than the 3,450 lbs AMG GT (S version), with power coming from the new twin-turbo 4.0 V8.  It’s safe to speculate that power output should be in the 550hp range.

Now you’re probably wondering whether there’s going to be a road-going version, such as a Black Series.  Moers confirmed there will be such a car, although it will not be badged as a Black Series.  We do expect it to get a decent power upgrade over the vanilla AMG GT, along with a bunch of aerodynamic refinements.

And that’s a good thing because the AMG GT3 is a damn-fine looking racer if you ask us!

Posted by: Farra Majid on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 7:11 am in NEWS