Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 made its official track debut the past weekend, on the four-hour race for the VLN Nurburgring endurance championship. This event is a part of the development and testing program of the SLS AMG GT3, which have been started in June 2010.

The test pilots were Bernd Scheinder (five DTM titles, one ITC championship and one FIA GT championship) and Thomas Jager (reigning Porsche Carrera Cup champion).

The car is powered by the famous 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 mated with a six-speed racing transmission with sequential gear-changes. It meets the FIA GT3 regulations, such as the FIA GT3 European Championship, the ADAC GT-Masters, the endurance championship held by VLN and the 24-hour races at the Nurburgring or Spa-Francorchamps.

SLS AMG GT3 will compete again on October 16 and 30, 2010 in the final two VLN races. The car is available only with left-hand drive and the price starts at EUR334 000. The first deliveries are expected in February 2011.

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