The heavier something is, the harder it is to move it. So if a car is designed to be fast, it should be made as light as possible.
But sometimes, other points have to come into play that mean you can’t make something as light as you want. In road cars, this mostly involves keeping a sense of luxury so that you can actually use the car in question somewhat on the road.
But in many race series, you only have to obey a weight restriction limit mostly, and sometimes not even then. And therefore nothing should be left to chance when it comes to turning your chosen car into the best racer possible.
GT3 is rather different, as it is regulated that the cars in it should bear a closeness to their original road counterparts. So you therefore want to base your racer around the car that can match mass power with light weight to ensure you have the fastest package.
As it happens though, many of the cars that end up being chosen are certainly heavy for race cars, because due to an inability to change their weight enough, they can’t go low enough to make the car a true lightweight. The GT-R is one example. The SLS AMG is another.
The SLS AMG GT3 weighs 1350kg. This is in comparison to the two BMW racers, the M3 and Z4, which get by with 1245kg and 1190kg respectively. But to try and compound this disadvantage, surely the SLS would have more power to go with.
It doesn’t. The M3 comes with 500, the Z4 with 508. The SLS has just 493 to hand.
And that’s before you get to the Audi R8 LMS. In its Oreca version, it is only barely lighter than the SLS but still comes with a maddening 560bhp. The R8 LMS ultra has around that level, except the weight on it is 1250kg, leaving the SLS way, way behind in the PWR stakes.
Even the GT-R NISMO GT3, which shares the same weight as it, comes in with 542bhp. So on balance, the SLS AMG does seem like the slowest of the GT3 club in this game. And, judging by a drive in it, probably the worst outright.
On the Nurburgring, the SLS AMG felt absolutely awful to drive.
Trying to push the SLS hard got it nowhere. Nowhere but the grass that is, which often resulted in a spin. Not that it even needed the grass sometimes. It was nigh on undrivable in fact.
The sound did not help its case either. If you drove either the V12 Vantage or, even before that, the W12 Nardo, on GT5, you will recognise this sound. And I have always thought that it just isn’t any good. It sounds unrealistic, weak and not even that racy.
The 15th Anniversary Edition does improve matters considerably for it stats wise, with the engine boosted to 621bhp putting it on an identical PWR level as the 15th Anniversary Edition GT-R. But even then, the GT-R is the better car to drive. And of course, it’s the Anniversary Edition, so you might well not have it to hand.
In fact, something tells me the 493bhp figure is a lie. Just something to underestimate the car in the dealership, for whatever reason.
And trust me, you should follow the dealership’s disappointing looking stats. Because it matches the SLS AMG GT3’s drive pretty well. It’s really dreadful, incapable of taking on a tight track such as the Nurburgring.
But the real killer is the price. At 435,000 Cr., every other GT3 is cheaper than it, which renders it beyond pointless.
This is all rather a shame. Because in real life, the SLS AMG GT3 does quite well. It even won the Nurburgring 24h this year for the first time. But then every GT3 seems to have its moment. And you’ll be having quite a few bad ones in the SLS in GT6.
A pretty good picture to finish with here, showing the car you’re much better off buying instead.