Mercedes-Benz introduces the SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary Edition

Article by Christian A., on October 9, 2012

Bernd Schneider, record DTM champion and AMG brand ambassador, has immersed himself personally into the project, and even had the privilege – along with an AMG engine fitter -- of installing the powerful AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine in the SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary, which is basically a race edition of Mercedes-AMG’s Gullwing.

This ultra-exclusive customer sport racer is a personalization of the brand’s triumphant AMG Customer Sports Program that has already earned 32 wins in the 2012 Motor Sports Season. The program has already won three driver and team titles in the FIA GT3 European Championship, the ADAC GT Masters and the FIA GT1 World Championship.

To distinguish the SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary edition from a typical SLS AMG GT3, AMG had implemented an array of exterior and interior modifications. For instance, AMG wrapped the body of the SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary in the new designo magno graphite matt paint finish. This exclusive paintwork was only available on the SL65 AMG 45th Anniversary, which was unfurled at the New York International Auto Show in April 2012 also to Mercedes-AMG’s commemorate AMG’s 45th birthday. Now, this paintwork has found its way on the special race version of the Gullwing, as complemented by AMG light-alloy wheels in designo magno graphite.

Also distinguishing the SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary edition from a typical SLS AMG GT3 is the "45 Years of Driving Performance" logo – as framed in silver – on its gullwing doors. This exclusive logo entices spectators to inspect the 45th Anniversary edition closer, leading them to marvel at the gullwing doors’ exposed carbon-fiber structure. In fact, the doors are not the only components made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), a lightweight yet strong material usually used in motorsports. Also made from CFRP are components like the bonnet, boot lid, mudguards and rear wings, so are its front and rear apron as well as front splitter and rear diffuser.

Inside, the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary reveals a cabin that is special enough even for a functional racing car. For instance, its steel roll-over cage is also finished in matt "designo magno graphite" while its dashboard and center console are wrapped in a matt carbon-fiber finish. These finishes are contrasted by the six-point seat belts and a silver steering wheel. The cabin of the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary edition also features a co-driver's seat shell in a high-strength carbon-fiber safety cell. To mark the exclusivity of the five examples of the SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary, the seats and the center console don a special badge with a "1 of 5" logo. Likewise, a high-quality AMG indoor car cover is included with the special edition, also donning the "45 Years of Driving Performance" logo.

The five super-fortunate customers of the SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary will have the opportunity to receive their special edition at Mercedes-AMG’s headquarters in Affalterbach, Germany. Aside from receiving their SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary editions, these customers will be granted exclusive insights into the AMG world and will be able to take experience AMG's excellent service and support quality. They will be given a special in-depth introduction – to be given by Schneider – to the SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary edition, including its engineering and technology.

Moreover, customers will be toured around Mercedes-AMG’s facilities, including at the AMG Performance Studio where AMG develops and handcrafts exclusive series of individual cars and one-off vehicles. Customers will also be toured at the AMG engine "Manufaktur" (hand-finishing section), where the AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine was assembled by hand by Schneider and the AMG engine fitter. In addition, customers may request a race track coaching session.

The new SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary is available at a price of EUR446,250 (including VAT) in Germany.

Press Release

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary

With the new SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary, Mercedes-AMG is presenting an exclusively appointed special series which is aimed at car collectors with a particular penchant for motor racing. The customer sport racing 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 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary together with an AMG engine fitter.

The exclusive collector's item is also a synonym for the successful AMG Customer Sports Programme: With currently 32 victories in the 2012 Motor Sports Season and the winning of three driver and team titles in the FIA GT3 European Championship, the ADAC GT Masters and the FIA GT1 World Championship, the race edition of the gullwing car of Mercedes-AMG is an impressive success story as well.

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 gleams auspiciously in the new designo magno graphite matt paint finish, for example. To date, this matt paintwork has been exclusive to the SL65 AMG 45th Anniversary, which was unveiled to mark the 45th birthday of Mercedes-AMG at the New York International Auto Show in April 2012. The AMG light-alloy wheels in designo magno graphite complement the body's matt paintwork to perfection.

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 (CFRP = carbon fibre reinforced plastic).

The interior of the Mercedes-Benz 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 matt carbon-fibre finish. Effective contrasts are produced by six-point seat belts and a steering wheel spider in silver.

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.

Bernd Schneider as a VIP engine fitter

In keeping with the exclusive exterior and interior equipment and appointments, the engineering under the bonnet is of a similarly exclusive standard. 48 year-old racing driver Bernd Schneider is assisting the responsible AMG engine fitter in installing the naturally aspirated AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine. The special AMG engine badge bearing the signatures of Bernd Schneider and the responsible engine fitter attest to this high-calibre duo's handiwork. Customers who acquire one of the rare SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary models also receive an exclusive vehicle certificate signed by Bernd Schneider.

The five-times DTM champion, overall ITC winner from 1995 and FIA GT world champion from 1997 works for Mercedes-AMG as a brand ambassador and an instructor at the AMG Driving Academy.

As an established expert in the field of SLS AMG GT3 customer sport Bernd Schneider has carried out the majority of the test drives for the racing version of the gullwing model. He also participates in selected races as part of the AMG driver support set-up. Bernd Schneider competed for various AMG customer teams in 2012, including the 24-hour Dubai race, at the Nürburgring and in Spa-Francorchamps. In the ninth race of the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring, Bernd Schneider took a start position together with Jeroen Bleekemolen (NED) for the AMG Customer Team Black Falcon and won the 4-hour race. After numerous podium positions in the past two years, this was his first victory with the SLS AMG GT3.

Vehicle handover directly at AMG headquarters

Handover of the SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary takes place directly 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 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 AMG brand ambassador Bernd 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), where Bernd Schneider and the AMG engine fitter assembled this special AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine by hand. On request, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary customer can enjoy a race track coaching session as part of an initiation event with the vehicle.

Price for Germany (incl. 19% VAT): € 446,250

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