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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3: A race car for the private-jet set

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3

Very nice first drive report here of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3. Enjoy!

Push the starter button, and the SLS GT3’s V-8 fires to a noisy idle, made all the more noticeable because the side pipes exit right behind the front wheels. Once on the track, mash the accelerator pedal, change up to second and third without lifting off the throttle, and thunder down into a corner as the sharp, direct, rack-and-pinion steering feeds information into your hands. The engine blares loudly, a barely muffled stock-car bark that explodes as the revs rise. It’s enough to send the average track-day gazillionaire into rapture. As you’d expect, the brakes are powerful and responsive, and it’s pure joy to bang the transaxle down a couple of gears before cornering. The GT3’s rear end reacts a bit nervously if you brake and turn simultaneously, but the combination of a multiplate limited-slip differential and the race-tuned traction control keeps this wobble in check. You can jump on the throttle good and early, and the traction
control manages corner exit for you. It’s almost magical.