Mercedes AMG GT R Pro - track focused AMG revealed
After announcing the coming of the AMG GT R Pro last week, Mercedes has just revealed the car officially at the LA Auto show. Along with updating the entire AMG GT range, it’s the GT R Pro that ascends to the position of the fastest and most track-focused car Mercedes currently make.
Using the same 4L Twin-Turbo V8 engine as the GT R, the Pro produces exactly the same 577bhp and 516lb-ft of torque. To some, this may be disappointing, as this very same engine produces up to 631bhp in other applications. Straight line performance then remains the same as the regular GT R - 0-60mph in 3.4 seconds, and a top speed of 198mph.
As for on-track performance however, the Pro is quite a step on. With the ability to get around the Nurburgring in just 7 minutes 4.6 seconds, the Pro is 6 and a bit seconds faster than the standard GT R. Partly, it does this through additional aero grip - as can be visually seen thanks to the larger rear wing, front splitter, rear diffuser, and numerous dive planes. But also, the secret to the Pro’s cornering speed lies within its suspension.
The springs are now massively more focused on track work than before, with the ability to be adjusted manually to the driver’s skill level and driving style. Add in a carbon roof for a lower centre of gravity, and vents in the front arches to reduce lift, and the Pro is quite simply a weapon on the race circuit.
Inside, the Pro will greet you in the typical manner of a stripped out track-machine, with carbon buckets, and little in the way of refinement. If it isn’t hardcore enough however, Mercedes offer it with a “track pack”, which adds half a roll cage, 4-point harnesses, and a fire extinguisher.
How it compares to the obvious Porsche will have to wait for an inevitable twin test. But before we get to that however, I want to ask you guys: what do you think of the new GT R Pro, and how do you think it will fair against the 911 GT3 RS? Let me know in the comments.
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