R5m SLS AMG GT3 launched

Mercedes has launched the new SLS AMG GT3 “45th Anniversary”, a limited-edition customer sport racing car.

The car is being built by hand in a limited edition of no more than five vehicles in Affalterbach. Record DTM champion and AMG brand ambassador Bernd Schneider is involved hands-on in the production process, installing the AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine in the SLS AMG GT3 “45th Anniversary” together with an AMG engine fitter.

A number of exterior and interior modifications have been carried out for the special SLS AMG GT3 “45th Anniversary” model. The body of the SLS AMG GT3 “45th Anniversary” features the new designo magno graphite matte paint finish. To date, this matte paintwork has been exclusive to the SL 65 AMG “45th Anniversary”, which was unveiled to mark the 45th birthday of Mercedes-AMG at the New York International Auto Show in April 2012.

Another eye-catching feature is the striking “45 Years of Driving Performance” logo framed in silver on the GT3 racing car’s gullwing doors. The special edition’s logo embodies consummate design right down to the finer points of detail: closer inspection reveals the exposed carbon-fibre structure of the gullwing doors under the matt paintwork. The doors, along with the bonnet, mudguards, boot lid, rear wings, front and rear apron, front splitter and rear diffusor, are produced in the particularly lightweight motorsport material CFRP (carbon fibre reinforced plastic).

The interior of the SLS AMG GT3 “45th Anniversary” evokes a functional racing car atmosphere, refined by high-quality, exclusive details: the steel roll-over cage is finished in matt “designo magno graphite” to match the exterior. The racing car’s dashboard and centre console sport a matte carbon-fibre finish. Effective contrasts are produced by six-point seat belts and a steering wheel with silver detail.

The collector’s item also boasts a seat shell in a high-strength carbon-fibre safety cell on the co-driver’s side. A special badge with a “1 of 5” logo on the seats and the centre console alludes to the limited production run for this racing car. The standard appointments for the SLS AMG GT3 “45th Anniversary” are rounded off by a high-quality AMG indoor car cover with “45 Years of Driving Performance” logo.

Schneider is assisting the AMG engine fitter responsible for installing the naturally aspirated AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine. The special AMG engine badge bearing the signatures of Schneider and the engine fitter attest to this high-calibre duo’s handiwork. Customers who acquire one of the rare models also receive an exclusive vehicle certificate signed by Schneider.

Handover of the SLS AMG GT3 “45th Anniversary” will take place at Mercedes-AMG in Affalterbach, where customers are also granted exclusive insights into the AMG world and have an opportunity to sample AMG’s hallmark excellent service and support quality. An in-depth introduction to the operation of the new vehicle and its engineering and technology is provided in the new 360 square-metre handover hall. In the case of this special GT3 racing car, this instruction is provided personally by Schneider.

The programme also includes a tour of the factory, taking in the AMG Performance Studio, where exclusive series of individual AMG cars and one-off vehicles are developed and hand-made. This is followed by a visit to the AMG engine “Manufaktur” (hand-finishing section).

The price? Mercedes lists it as 446 250. Which is just over R5-million in our money…