How fast have you wanted to go on track? If you answered 'very fast', then Mercedes currently has the AMG GT R, more performance oriented but still decent enough to putter around town with. But if you answered 'very very fast', the German marque also has a car for that – enter the more hardcore, track-oriented AMG GT R Pro.
Revealed at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2020 AMG GT R Pro now leads the updated AMG GT line up as their new range topping variant. Based on the 'standard' GT R, the Pro model uses the same 4.0-liter biturbo V8 which continues to produces 577 PS and 700 Nm of torque. However, most of the changes have been made to the suspension and aero bits which are said to be inspired from Mercedes-AMG's GT3 and GT4 race cars.
New on the GT R Pro is a fully adjustable coilover suspension setup, which allows drivers to change settings depending on their driving and the track. There's also an adjustable carbon fiber front torsion bar joined by a steel unit at the rear to provide additional tuning capabilities. The carbon fiber chassis itself has also been stiffened at the rear to improve rigidity. The carbon roof also gets a double bubble design.
On the outside, the GT R Pro gets a very aggressive carbon fiber aero bits which help the car's performance on track. Up front, there's a new large splitter coupled with small canards to help improve airflow. Those with keen eyes would also spot the new vents on top of the wheel arches and larger blade on the fender vents. New wheels, a massive rear wing and a large rear diffuser complete the exterior makeover.
All these modifications equate to an increase in performance on track as seen with the AMG GT R Pro's Nurburgring lap time of 7:04.632. That's around 6 seconds faster than the standard AMG GT R.
For the updated AMG GT lineup, the changes are very subtle. All variants received an updated front fascia which is heavily influenced by the AMG GT Four door, specifically the headlights and the bumper. At the rear, there's a new diffuser as well with revised exhausts. Inside, all AMG GT models now get a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster with a separate 10.25-inch multimedia display integrated at the dash. Power remains standard on the facelifted GT, GT S, GT C, and GT R.
The updated AMG GT line up together with the AMG GT R Pro are set to go on sale in the US early 2019.