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2018 Los Angeles Motor Show: Here’s what’s new in Mercedes AMG GT R Pro

November 29, 2018, 01:39 PM IST by Sagar Bhanushali
2018 Los Angeles Motor Show: Here’s what’s new in Mercedes AMG GT R Pro

The Mercedes AMG GT range continues to expand, even after four years into production. The top athlete from Affalterbach now comes with a new limited edition simply called the Pro. The latter has been modified in numerous details to offer better track performance. 

New suspension with plenty of adjustment 

Headlining the updates are revised power output, new suspension, better aerodynamics, lightweight bucket seats and lightweight-design wheels. The new coil-over suspension offers more choices for tailoring the set-up to the particular circuit. As in motorsports, the driver is not only able to set the spring preload length mechanically, but can now also adjust the compression and rebound of the dampers. The compression rate is adjusted separately for high-speed and low-speed movements. This means that the settings can be dialled-in for slow and fast compression movements. This allows influencing the body dive and roll as well as the traction of the GT R Pro even more selectively.

The front axle is fitted with an adjustable torsion bar made of lightweight carbon fibre. Its counterpart at the rear is made of steel, is likewise adjustable and also saves weight due to its hollow tube design.

Track Package with more safety equipment 

The electronically controlled dynamic engine and transmission mounts are also retuned to further increase the agility and feedback. The standard delivery scope of the AMG GT R Pro also includes the Track Package (not for USA, Canada and China). It comprises of a roll-over protection system, enclosed four-point safety harnesses for driver and front passenger, and a two-kg fire extinguisher. 

Revised V8 motor

The four-litre twin-turbo V8 now makes 585bhp of power and 700Nm of torque. 0-100kmph is a claimed 3.6 seconds whereas the car tops out at 318kmph. Compare these numbers to the standard AMG GT and the difference is quite huge. The standard car makes 476bhp/630Nm and hits 100kmph from standstill in four seconds dead. Meanwhile, the top speed is rated at 302kmph.

Lighter wheels and bucket seats 

In addition to a host of carbon-fibre components, weight is saved by carbon ceramic brakes as well as by the AMG bucket seats made of clear-coated carbon fibre (not for USA, Canada and China). For these markets, the Pro is equipped with Performance seats as standard. The five-double-spoke forged wheels, painted titanium grey, are also lighter than the standard option.  

Tags:Mercedes-Benz,AMG GT,Los Angeles Motor Show,Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R Pro
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