To mark the 45th anniversary of the SL, Mercedes-Benz has had their AMG division concoct a special edition version of the SLS AMG GT3. Only five examples of the SLS AMG GT3 “45th Anniversary” will be produced, and the cars will be aimed at car collectors with a hankering for exclusive race cars.
A number of exterior and interior modifications have been carried out for the special SLS AMG GT3 “45th ANNIVERSARY” model. The bodywork is finished in designo magno graphite matt paint. To date, this color has been exclusive to the SL 65 AMG “45th ANNIVERSARY”, which was unveiled at the New York International Auto Show in April 2012. The AMG light-alloy wheels are treated to the same matt finish.
Another feature of the SLS AMG GT3 “45th Anniversary” is the large “45 Years of Driving Performance” motto emblazoned on the doors. The doors, along with the hood, mudguards, boot lid, rear wings, front and rear apron, front splitter and rear diffusor, are formed from lightweight carbon fiber.
The interior of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 “45th Anniversary” is both functional and stylish. Design details include a steel roll-over cage painted in the same graphite color as the exterior, a dashboard and centre console made from matt-finish carbon fiber, and contrasting six-point seat belts and a steering wheel center in silver.
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.
To match the exclusive exterior and interior trim and equipment, the engineering under the hood 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.
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. 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.