The first 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT3 to land down-under was premiered at this year’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.

Peter Hackett, Chief Driving Instructor for the Merecedes-Benz Driving Academy undertook the honour of unveiling the GT3. Fans gathered outside the Erebus Motorsport garages to get the first look at the SLS’s replacement ahead of its first race at the Clipsal 500 in March.

“To be able to launch this car at the 12 hour is a fantastic opportunity. We’re going to see a lot of interaction with the GT3 and the Australian and New Zealand public over the next five to seven years.” said Hackett.

Mercedes-AMG GT3 unveiling

Previous Bathurst 12 Hour winners Bernd Schneider and Thomos Jaeger were instrumental in the development of the car. Although it shares many visual similarities with the previous SLS, the new machine is said to be much stiffer, lighter and more balanced than its predecessor.

Through extensive testing covering 35000km which included three test races at the famed Nurburgring, the car is now ready to compete in the 2016 GT Championship. The next challenge for Mercedes-AMG is to keep up with customer orders.

“The demand is a lot higher than expected so production is running at maximum capacity and we hope to deliver as many cars as possible,” said Jochen Bitzer, the Head of Mercedes-AMG Customer Sport.

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