LA Auto Show 2018: Mercedes-AMG’s GT R goes Pro



If you think you can handle yourself like a professional, the Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro is for you…

Los Angeles, USA — Perhaps not content to let Porsche hog the sportscar limelight with the new 911, Mercedes-AMG brought its own fire-breathing car to LA. The high-performance division division of Mercedes-Benz  launched the GT R Pro there.

It’s an extra hardcore version of Mercedes-AMG’s already hardcore GT R. There isn’t any extra power from the handbuilt, twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine (presumably, 577hp is plenty), but the Pro version is roughly six seconds faster around a single lap of the Nürburgring circuit.

That’s courtesy of manually-adjustable suspension, a carbonfibre front anti-roll bar, and some aero aids such as splitters, wings, ducts, to keep it pressed to the road at speed, along with a carbonfibre roof to cut weight. You can tell it apart from lesser Pro models by the highlighter yellow graphics.

Mercedes-AMG has also given the GT range itself a few mid-life updates. There are subtly restyled headlamps (which first appeared on the GT 4-door) and new tailpipes. Inside, the gauges have been replaced by a 12.3-inch digital display, and a touch-sensitive pad replaces the rotary controller for the infotainment system. There’s a new steering wheel with small touch-sensitive pads on the main spokes, too.

The digital tweaks we really like involve changes to the drive mode selector, which now offers Basic, Advanced, Pro, and Master modes. The various modes alter drivetrain, steering, suspension and stability control settings across a spectrum of driver assistance. If you think you drive like a Pro, you’ll be able to show it now. 

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