There’s very little that can top the sound of a 6.2-litre Mercedes V8, especially after being fiddled with by AMG to its fullest race screamer-banshee-mode. That engine in the AMG-GT3 sounds wonderfully insane, and it’s been spotted attacking the fearsome Nurburgring Nordschleife. Our ears proceeded to melt.
Looking like something out of a PlayStation game, seeing and hearing the demonic AMG-GT3 in action at full noise makes us take pause to savor the spectacle – and that’s from a video; just think of the fun the driver must be having! Lucky bugger.
The AMG-GT3 was first revealed to the world at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, where Mercedes showed off this racing version of the Mercedes-AMG GT road car that was made to the FIA’s GT3 championship regulations where it will compete next year, succeeding the venerable SLS AMG GT3 racer in the series.
Unlike the road car which has a 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8, the GT3 uses the same sonorous 6.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 from its SLS AMG GT3, now producing around 600 hp. We’ve got no problem with that, clearly. Mercedes had a great powertrain package with its previous car and it would be a shame to take that out of competition in its prime.
Aside from the ample use of carbon fiber, the AMG GT3 also gets a much more aggressive body, a rather huge rear wing and diffuser, and a distinctive front grille that’s reminiscent of the classic W194 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL racer of the 1950s.
With a road-going version of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 due out next year, our sneak peek here of the full racing version makes us want 2016 to arrive even more desperately.
There's just something about cars. It's a conveyance, it's a liability, it's a tool; but it can also be a source of joy, pride, inspiration and passion. It's much like clothes versus fashion. And like the latter, the pursuit of perfection never ends.