Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 ready for order

The Mercedes-BEnz SLS AMG GT3 for the FIA GT3 Championship race

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Thinking of owning a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 and dreaming that you are in the driver seat for the FIA GT3 European Championship race? Dream no more, Mercedes-Benz just opened up its door for takers of the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 at, oh…, just a measly $517,300. Well, actually, the people who are ordering this sports racer are the teams that will participate in the upcoming FIA GT3 European Championship in February of 2011. But if you got the dough, you can own one as well.

The new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 was developed and built by AMG , of course. It is outfitted with a custom 6.3-liter V8 engine and a six-speed sequential transmission with steering wheel shift paddles. Hey, who said that you can’t combine luxury with racing performance.

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 is highly prepped mainly for this race, which it has to meet FIA GT3 Championship’s regulations. Not only the engine is prepped but the body and interior are prepped as well with aerodynamic body kit, roll cage, ABS brakes, and a 32-gallon gas tank.

According to Norbert Haug, Mercedes-Benz’s motorsport main man, “The Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 marks the beginning of a new era in Mercedes-Benz customer motorsport. This is an exciting and spectacular sports car for dedicated private teams and talented private drivers. AMG will work together with our tried-and-trusted sports and touring car partner HWA to put in place a motorsport customer department which will guarantee its motorsport customers hallmark Mercedes service.”

So, are you ready to become a yuppie racer?