If you’ve been lusting after the new Mercedes SLS AMG Gulllwing but wish it had the raw brazen performance of a fighter jet, you may very well get your wish. The internet is abuzz this morning with leaked details of a new race-ready version of the SLS known as the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3, a streamlined version of the Gullwing built along the lines of the FIA sanctioned GT3 series. At this point no official details have been confirmed, but rumors suggest the SLS AMG GT3 will be powered by a 600 horsepower version of AMG’s recently announced twin-turbocharged 5.5-Liter V8. Prevalent use of carbon fiber exterior is expected to keep weight to a minimum, while the interior has been nipped-and-tucked as well to further remove any unnecessary body fat.
At this point there’s still no word on an official release date, but rumors currently peg the SLS AMG GT3’s launch for the 2011 race season. If you’ve got the funds, pricing should follow the Audi R8 LMS GT3, putting the SLS AMG GT3 right around the $500,000 mark. To see more of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 Race Car, keep scrolling for the gallery. And a special thanks to Markus Jordan for the photos.