Mercedes-AMG GT3 racer revealed in first official picture

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Mercedes-AMG GT3 racer has been revealed ahead of its planned debut at the Geneva motor show next month.

The first official picture reveals a full-set of aerodynamic tweaks meant to provide additional downforce. The new Mercedes-AMG GT3 will receive a massive rear wing, extra air vents and wider front and rear tracks to boost mechanical grip.

Following the SLS GT3 launched in 2010, the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT3 is only the second race car to be fully developed by AMG. Based on the GT road car, the GT3 is also set to inspire a street-legal version.

The road-going model is set to close the gap between the current GT S top-of-the-line variant and the yet to be confirmed Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series. The plan has been confirmed Mercedes-Benz’s AMG performance division boss Tobias Moers himself. “Why not? A road version of our GT3 racing car sounds like a pretty good idea,” he said.

The GT3 will be 80-100 lighter than its production counterpart, so, considering the weight advantage, its power should be enough for it to boast a 3.6 seconds 0-100 km/h run and 200 mph top speed.

The FIA GT3 racing version of the GT would be available from the 2016 season to replace the immensely successful SLS GT3, with the production car expected to reach showrooms around the same time frame.