Video: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 in deep image

AMG assistant product manager William Vetter leads the walk-around of the MERCEDES-BENZ SLS AMG GT3.

The GT3 has been developed in cooperation between Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division and HWA, a company headed up by one of the founders of AMG (Hans Werner Aufrecht) that oversees the German carmaker’s DTM (German Touring Car) race operations.

The racecar is powered by the same 6.3-liter V8 engine, but has been tuned to deliver an impressive +600 hp, a pretty significant spike from the road-going version of the SLS AMG, which comes with a “standard” 571 hp.

The FIA race-ready car pegs the pricing needle at about $430,000–but you don’t have to buy one if you can afford tuition to AMG’s Driving Academy. Four stages in the Masters package include: Experience, Warm-Up, Training, and Competition.

The star of the SLS AMG GT3 Driving Academy is the Competition stage, which is expected to start at the end of 2012, and will consist of individual and team competitions. Prices for the SLS AMG GT3 MASTERS events start at €1,500.