Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro: No extra power, no extra need

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The PRO gets a new coilover suspension system which can be mechanically adjusted by the driver depending on the circuit they are driving. The base GT is credited with 350kW/630Nm, the GTC boasts 410kW/680Nm, and the GT R and GT R Pro both have 430kW/700Nm. Now standard is a 10.3-inch central screen and a configurable 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, the former of which features AMG's Track Pace telemetry app, which uses Global Positioning System and sensors to record lap times and other data while on a track.

Mercedes-AMG on Wednesday unveiled a subtle facelift for its GT sports vehicle at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show, as well as a new flagship model: the GT R Pro.

The AMG GT R Pro also debuts range-wide upgrades for the GT sports auto - created to bring it in line with the recently introduced AMG GT Four Door Coupe.

The bad-ass new GT R Pro model gets dark gray racing stripes that are swapped for bright green on cars finished in Selenite Gray (they can also be deleted if a buyer chooses). On all models, the AMG Dynamics program is increased to add more adjustability to the ESP programs. The carbon roof also gets a double bubble design.

Mercedes-AMG is looking to steal the new Porsche 911's thunder with its refreshed GT coupe and roadster. Changes are subtle, limited to new headlights with redesigned light guides and tail lights, new wheel choices, revised muffler tips, and rear diffuser design. In the USA, Canada and China, the AMG GT R PRO is equipped with AMG Performance seats as standard. Similar to the track-spec cars, the driver cannot only set the spring preload length mechanically, but can now also adjust the compression and rebound of the dampers.

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Since that 2016 facelift also brought some major styling changes to the GT, updates to the design for the 2020 model year have been kept to a minimum. The front axle, meanwhile, is fitted with an adjustable torsion bar made of carbon-fibre. Hard-wearing Uniball spherical bearings are now used on the rear axle's upper wishbones.

The most noticeable changes can be found inside, where Mercedes has integrated a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 10.25-inch multimedia display.

While it shares its 430kW/700Nm 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 and other figures such as straight-line performance numbers with the 'standard' GT R, the Pro has been fettled to feature better aero, a sharper chassis, and optimised weight.

Further equipment made for the track include a steel rollover protection system, four-point safety harness for driver and passenger and a 2kg fire extinguisher, normally available as a cost-option in the Track Pack.

As for the body, carbon-fiber components help keep the weight down, and AMG uses ceramic composite brakes for the GT R PRO as standard. With AMG GT3 racing driver Maro Engel behind the wheel, an AMG GT R Pro prototype recently lapped the Nurburgring in 7:04.632.

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