Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro is Ready to Chew up the Nurburgring and Spit It Out

Sam McEachern
by Sam McEachern

The Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro made its official debut in Los Angeles today, adding yet another model to AMG’s growing stable of vehicles.

Mercedes says the AMG GT R Pro benefits from lessons learned through the AMG GT4 and GT3 race programs. Among the biggest changes is the new adjustable suspension system, which now allows the user to change not only spring preload, but also compression and rebound. The track-focused model also gets an adjustable carbon fiber front torsion bar, different wishbone bearings and a carbon fiber underbody panel for added rigidity. Daimler engineers retuned the active engine and transmission mounts as well.

The AMG GT R Pro is also lighter than the regular GT R. Mercedes’ carbon ceramic brake rotors are standard, helping to save unsprung mass, while lightweight AMG wheels also contribute to savings. The front splitter, trim strips, side mirrors, rear spoiler, roof, diffuser and other parts are also made of carbon fiber for further weight reduction.

SEE ALSO: 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe Review

Then there’s the aerodynamics. The GT R Pro benefits from a new aero kit with a deep front splitter, dive planes, front fender vents, wheel arch aero flics and a redesigned rear spoiler with a small wicker extension. The aero kit helps to reduce lift on the front and rear axles, increasing cornering speed and stability.

A prototype AMG GT R Pro has lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife in 7:04.632 minutes in the hands of AMG race driver Maro Engel, Mercedes says. For reference, the standard AMG GT R lapped the ‘Ring in 7:10.9 in the hands of German motoring magazine Sport Auto in 2016.

Mercedes has also outlined some minor changes it is making to the standard AMG GT for 2019. All models get different LED headlights and taillights, while AMG GT and AMG GT C models receive a tweaked rear bumper. Regular AMG GT models will also have round tailpipe outlets from 2019, while the AMG GT C will feature trapezoidal tips. The GT R will continue with a large center mounted exhaust outlet. Completing the list of exterior changes for standard AMG GTs are optional new y-spoke wheels and a new Magno Blue exterior color.

Additionally, the AMG GT now comes standard with the same 12.3-inch instrument cluster and 10.25-inch center display as seen in the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe. AMG’s new flat bottom steering wheel, also seen in the 4-Door, will now appear in the sports car. A new two-tone napa leather upholstery package is also available, while the park assist package will now come standard.

Pricing for the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT and the limited-run Mercedes AMG GT R Pro should be announced before year’s end.

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Sam McEachern
Sam McEachern

Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.

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