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Meet the Mercedes-AMG GT3

(Credit: © Mercedes-Benz)

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Meet the Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG GT3 (Credit: © Mercedes-Benz)

The Mercedes-AMG GT S’ launch is just around the corner, and the base model GT will follow it later. So what’s the next step for the spiritual successor to the SLS AMG? Spawning a track-only GT3 model, of course. Today, Mercedes-AMG has announced that the GT3 model is coming, and it released a pair of teaser sketches that show off this stunning road car turned track machine.

The sketches show a front end that its clearly lower and wider than the standard model, as a set of flared wheel arches make room for the massive track-ready rubber. Unfortunately, the image cuts off the really sexy stuff: the front apron.

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG GT3 (Credit: © Mercedes-Benz)

Around back, the images are a lot more telling, as the AMG GT3 sports a massive rear spoiler that I am sure puts down gobs of downforce, and a massive air extractor that is sure to keep things cool and improve airflow. You can also get a little peek at the rear diffuser, but Mercedes-AMG cut off the bottom half, giving us just a little nibble of it.

It’s hard to say what’s under the hood, but the standard Mercedes-AMG GT S puts down 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. Chances are that the 4.0-liter biturbo V-8 will be bumped to a slightly more track-friendly 550 horsepower in the GT3 version, plus you can expect it to go on a serious diet.

We’ll learn more when the GT3 makes its official debut at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show, which opens up to the press on March 3. Stay tuned for more details.

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