At the announcement of the facelifted Mercedes-AMG GT, the company has also released a limited-edition, even more track focused version called the Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO. The PRO brings the GT R even closer to their AMG GT3 and GT4 race cars.
Learnings from its motorsports programme can be found in four different areas of the AMG GT R PRO – suspension, weight reduction, aerodynamics and exterior styling. Starting with the design, the GT R PRO gains a more aggressive styling in the form of extended front splitter, air louvres, redesigned roof with lowered centre and extended rear diffusers all finished in high-gloss carbon fibre. The rear wing is also bolted onto a lighter housing.
Besides the carbon fibre components, the GT R PRO benefits from a weight saving exercise through the standard-fit carbon ceramic brakes, lightweight AMG Performance five double-spoke forged wheels as well as AMG carbon fibre bucket seats.
Under the hood rests the same M178 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 sharing the same tune as a standard AMG GT R – 585 hp and 700 Nm of twist. Drive is channelled to the rear wheels via a seven-speed AMG Speedshfit dual-clutch transmission. As a result, century sprint and top speed maintains at 3.6 seconds and 318 km/h.
Despite that, the GT R PRO manage to set a quicker lap time around the Nürburgring Nordschleife of 7:04.0632 minutes, beating the GT R by some six seconds. Although the World’s fastest rear-wheel-drive production vehicle title still belongs to the Porsche GT2 RS.
The faster lap time was contributed to the motorsport derived suspension set up consisting of adjustable AMG coil-over suspension, carbon fibre adjustable torsion bar, Uniball spherical bearings on the upper wishbones, carbon fibre shear panel as well as the standard Track Package which includes a roll cage and four-point harnesses for the driver and passenger. All these combined gives the GT R PRO more precise control at the limit and better road feedback.
Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO