Mercedes-AMG GT3 Racer Teased, Will Spawn New Road Car

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Set for a Geneva debut, the AMG GT3 will inspire a road car that could arrive as early as 2016.

Dropping the first official image of the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT3 ahead of its debut in Geneva next month, the German carmaker revealed the new GT3 model based on the AMG-GT will inspire a hardcore road-legal variant that will take aim at the likes of the Porsche 911 GT3. Speaking with Autocar, AMG boss Tobias Moers said: "A street-legal version of our GT3 racing car – that sounds like a pretty good idea." We couldn't agree more.

However, Moers revealed it wouldn't carry the "GT3" label nor be called a Black Series, admitting "We will find another name for our car." The Mercedes-AMG GT3 will be ready for the 2016 GT3 racing season, replacing the SLS GT3. A road car will likely arrive around the same time. When it does, expect to find it lighter – thanks to the liberal application of carbon fiber – more powerful, and with better aerodynamics, brakes and suspension. Expect around a ten percent increase on the 503-hp generated by AMG-GT S. Toers conceded the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 is "currently very understressed" so extracting more power won't be a problem. A full reveal of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 is coming soon. We can then talk more about the road car.

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