Mercedes SL GTR Concept Combines German and Japanese Engineering

Mercedes’ supercar history is a relatively short one. Cars like the SLS AMG, the SL 65 AMG and the SLR McLaren, will eventually all have a special place in history for the German automaker. But it was back in 1997, that Mercedes shocked the world with the introduction of its CLK GTR. A V12-powered, purebred race car.

In tribute to such an amazing piece of engineering, designer Mark Hostler — whom you may remember for the Lamborghini Ferruccio concept — created what he’s calling the Mercedes SL GTR Concept. A Nissan GT-R-powerd Mercedes supercar.

Mercedes-Benz SL GTR

In order to relive the CLK’s racing history, the designer made sure that the SL GTR Concept was as sleek and sophisticated as possible. Pairing signature Mercedes-Benz styling to a streamlined set of aerodynamic cues, the SL GTR is one of the sleekest concept cars we’ve seen to date.

Under the hood, Mark Hostler strangely says that we’ll be met the awe-inspiring powertrain off a Nissan GT-R. A 5.5-liter V8, sitting on top of a Nismo-sourced racing chassis, suspension, brakes and tires. It’s a little bit of German, and a little bit of Japanese mixed into one jaw-dropping concept.

Mercedes-Benz SL GTR 2

RELATED: See Photos of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL GTR Concept by Mark Hostler

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