2015 Mercedes-AMG GT3 races into Geneva

By Bob Nagy on February 26, 2015 11:12 AM

Adding competitive edge to its newest road-going supercar, Mercedes-AMG is using showcases its upcoming race-spec GT3 model at Geneva. Conforming to the FIA's international GT3 rules, this track-only variant promises to match its striking appearance with high levels of absolute performance. Heading to customer hands at the end of this year, the GT3 is rumored to foreshadow a range-topping version of the production GT. 

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Although incorporating much of the basic engineering found in the standard GT, this new GT3 racer takes everything up a notable notch. Finished in 

designo Selenite Grey Magno, the car features a wider and more aggressively contoured body that for the most part replaces aluminum panels with lighter carbon fiber. The GT3 matches its larger front intake and aggressive splitter with a downforce enhancing rear spoiler and lower diffuser. Beneath its skin, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 is equipped with a full steel rollcage and a carbon-fiber seat pan. 

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While understandably circumspect about output numbers, Mercedes-AMG does say the new GT3 will be fitted with a "further enhanced" version of the 6.2-liter AMG V8 used in the outgoing SLS AMG GT3 racer. Under FIA rules, the engine will likely be restricted to around 600 horsepower. Whatever the specific pony count, that output is sent to the rear wheels via a new 6-speed sequential racing-style transaxle, which further optimizes the car's weight distribution. 

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