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2019 Mercedes AMG GT R Pro heralds facelifted GT: LA Auto Show 2018

By Chris Thompson, 29 Nov 2018 News

LA 2018 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro revealed news

AMG has given its GT range a sprucing up, and brought in a new track weapon

Affalterbach has waved the facelift wand over its GT range, and in the process delivered a new member – the track-focused 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro.

The car which AMG’s chairman Tobias Moers calls “the core of the brand” has been bestowed with the new-gen interior featuring a new instrument cluster and more customisable controls, as well as AMG’s clever TFT control buttons on the steering wheel, which itself is also new.

But the GT R Pro is the biggest source of excitement for those who enjoy a focused sports car, with Mercedes’ go-fast division adding to and altering its list of features to build a more track-ready car.

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.

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A new coil-over suspension setup features adjustment dial on each damper so the driver can set compression rates and other variables to perfectly reflect their driving style and the track they’re conquering.

Lighter carbon and hollow tube steel torsion bars, at the front and rear respectively, as well as the addition of spherical bearings for the rear axle’s upper wishbone create a stiffer setup and allow more accurate control in cornering.

A rollover protection system, 4-point safety harnesses and a 2-kg fire extinguisher also come thanks to the Track Package which is standard for the Pro, but optional elsewhere in the GT family.

Ceramic compound brakes, 5-double-spoke forged wheels, and AMG performance seats are claimed to reduce weight, while a new active aero setup keeps the GT R Pro grounded.

A new front bar now features prominent GT3-inspired ‘flics’ at each side, while the front wing has louvres AMG has included to reduce front lift.

The latest metal from the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show

The rear milled aluminium bracket-mounted aerofoil – or wing – also features a Gurney flap to balance the downforce at the rear.

To test the effectiveness of its upgrade, AMG hit the Nürburgring with its GT R Pro, and recorded a 7.04.632 lap time. Australian pricing and availability for the facelifted GT range and the GT R Pro is yet to be confirmed.