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Old 12-06-2018, 08:01 AM   #1
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Default 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro

Styling-wise, the GT R Pro is a slightly beefed-up version of the familiar GT R.

But before we have a look at the extra features, I need to go through the mild changes that Mercedes-Benz made to the AMG GT lineup.

First up, the sports car now features LED headlamps that are similar to the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe model. The layout includes a tri-functional, arched light that acts as a daytime running lights, navigation light, and turn signal. The LED taillights were also revised, but thereís nothing major to talk about. Changes to the diffuser are minor as well, but the GT R retains the familiar exhaust pipe layout with the large, center-mounted outlet flanked by two more pipes on the left and right of the diffuser.

The sports car also benefits from a new exterior paint called Blue Magno from the four-door model.

Moving over to what sets the Pro model apart from the GT R, the front bumper now features two flics at the sides, as well as an extended splitter underneath.

Both features are made from clear-coated carbon-fiber and the splitter is held by small metal braces for increased stability at high speeds. Both elements are also a visual homage to GT3 and GT4 racing versions of the AMG GT.

At the rear, thereís a clear-coated carbon-fiber aero element at the wheel arch on either side. This feature rises up vertically almost to the level of the taillights and helps reduces front-axle lift without negatively affecting the rear axle.

The rear spoiler is fitted with an additional spoiler lip, which increases downforce at the rear axle.

The wing is mounted on milled aluminum brackets borrowed from the GT3 and GT4 racing models.

The GT R Pro also comes standard with Carbon Package I and II, which add front splitter, fender fins, trim strips in the side sills, mirror caps, rear spoiler, and diffuser in clear-coated carbon-fiber. The coupe also features a revised carbon-fiber roof with lowered center section?

The sports car rides on lightweight AMG Performance twin-five-spoke, forged wheels. Although theyíre not exclusive to this model, they are painted Titanium Gray and feature a rim flange with high-sheen finish thatís unique to the "Pro" badge.

Finally, in order to underscore its proximity to racing versions of the AMG GT, the Pro model comes with racing stripes running over the hood, roof, and deck lid, as well as on the sides.

The stripes are light green when combined with the Selenite Gray Magno exterior and Dark Gray Matte with other color options. You can also opt for a stripe delete for a more subdued appearance.

Mercedes upgraded the AMG GTís interior for 2019, but most changes are mostly about technology. First up, the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster seen in the four-door coupe model is now standard in the sports car. The big screen is paired with the 10.25 inch infotainment display on the center stack.

The cluster boasts new graphics for the three AMG-specific display styles "Classic," "Sporty," and "Supersport." In the "Supersport" mode, there is also extensive additional information, including a motorsport-specific prompt to shift up while in manual transmission mode.

The cool center console that mimics the V-8 design of the engine carries over, but it now features colored display buttons on the sides.

These control the display and steering of transmission logistics, chassis, ESP, exhaust system, rear spoiler, and start/stop function. Backed by TFT technology, the buttons display intuitive symbols to show their respective functions and are activated with just a small tap of the finger.

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro Interior

The AMG GT also borrows the new AMG steering wheel from the 4-Door Coupe version and the AMG C63. It has a flat bottom, a contoured rim, and Dinamica microfiber on the sides for enhanced grip. Perforated black Nappa leather is also available. Speaking of which, the Proís cabin is wrapped in black leather and Alcantara, but you can also opt for two-tone upholstery in Silver Pearl and black.

The AMG GT R Pro also features the AMG Track Pace feature as standard.

The app records more than 80 vehicle-specific sets of data, including speed and acceleration, ten times per second on the race track and also displays lap and sector times. These are compared to a reference in real time so you can analyze and improve your driving. You can do the same at the end of a track run as the app saves all data. Iconic race tracks like the Nurburgring and Spa Francorchamps are already stored in the app, but you can also record your own.

The AMG GT R Pro hits the pavement with the same 577 horsepower and 520 pound-feet of twist

Despite its more aggressive exterior and track-oriented nature, the AMG GT R Pro doesnít benefit from extra power and torque. The coupe features the same twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine as the regular GT R and it hits the pavement with the same 577 horsepower and 520 pound-feet of twist. A bit disappointing, I know, but at least itís the most powerful iteration of the AMG GT alongside the R model.

There is plenty of good news to run by though. AMG added a few extras compared to the GT R, starting with a revised coil-over suspension that can be tailored for the race track. Just like in full-fledged race cars, you can set the spring preload length mechanically and also adjust the compression and rebound of the dampers via a click system with an integrated adjustment dial. No tools, no mechanics needed.

AMG added a few extras compared to the GT R, starting with a revised coil-over suspension

On top of uniball spherical bearings that the GT R features at the lower wishbones of the rear axle, PRO has similar bearings at the upper wishbones as well. Significantly more wear-resistant than conventional wishbone bearings, they prevent toe-in and camber from changing under high loads, which enhances driving precision.

The re-tuned, electronically controlled dynamic engine and transmission mounts further increase agility and deliver high-precision response. The Pro comes with AMGís ceramic-composite braking system standard, which not only improves performance, but also cuts more weight. The brake calipers are finished in black and feature white lettering, a unique design to the AMG GT R Pro.

The AMG GT R Pro is six seconds quicker than the AMG GT R on the Nurburgring track

Mercedes had nothing to say about the carís performance figures, but itís safe to assume itís just as quick as the GT R. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph should take 3.5 seconds, almost a half-second quicker than the base AMG GT model, while top speed should be locked at the same 198-mph rating as the regular AMG GT R.

However, the upgrades make the Pro model much quicker around the race track. Mercedes-AMG has already taken it to the Nurburgring, where it lapped the Nordschleife in 7:04.632 minutes. Thatís six seconds quicker than the AMG GT R and makes the Pro the quickest road-legal Mercedes vehicle around the iconic German track.

Mercedes-AMG has yet to reveal pricing for the new Pro, but itís safe to assume that it will cost more than the GT R. The latter starts from $157,000 in the U.S., so expect to pay at least $170,000 for the Pro version. In Germany, the sports car could fetch around Ä180,000 before options.

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro Competition
Porsche 911 GT3 RS

The AMG GT R was already a solid competitor for the 911 GT3 and the Pro package brings it even closer to Porscheís iconic track-ready coupe. Technically, the two sports cars are very different, mostly because the 911 has a rear-engined layout. Also, while the Merc features a turbocharged V-8, the GT3 packs a naturally aspirated flat-six under the hood. The RS model comes with 520 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of tap and even though itís not as powerful as the AMG GT R Pro, itís notably quicker to 60 mph, needing only three seconds to hit the benchmark. Its top speed is inferior to the Mercís though at 194 mph. The GT3 RS is also eight seconds quicker than the AMG GT R Pro on the Nurburgring. A PDK transmission provides the quickest shifts on the market, but some high-end features, like carbon-ceramic brakes, arenít included as standard. The 911 GT3 RS is a tad more expensive than the AMG GT R Pro at $187,500 before options, but the car is no longer available. And with Porsche having unleashed a new generation 911 in December 2018, youíll have to wait for a new GT3 to get your fix. The next-gen version might not feature a naturally aspirated engine though.

Final Thoughts

If you were expecting a Black Series version of the Mercedes-AMG GT, itís about time you stopped getting your hopes up. The GT R Pro might just be the most track-capable version of the two-door coupe. Sure, itís a bit disappointing that it doesnít pack any extra punch over the GT R, but at least it comes with some race-inspired features, a retuned chassis, and itís notably quicker around the Nurburgring. A road-legal version of the GT3 race car if you will.

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Old 12-06-2018, 09:58 AM   #2
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Anyone else finding a couple of those pictures taking forever to load? They must be huge.

The ones I can see the car looks great though.

I know some will complain that there isn't more power, but honestly I think that's just for someone who wants to play the numbers game. This car is about so much more than that and I love everything about it.
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Old 12-06-2018, 01:57 PM   #3
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Aaa such a sweet ride.
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