Mercedes-AMG to launch lightweight, more powerful and track focused AMG GT R PRO in Los Angeles
Mercedes has confirmed a sharper, more track-foccused variant of its AMG GT R, will be unveiled at this year’s LA Motor Show this evening. Ahead of its reveal, an official teaser shows a heavily disguised test mule being developed at the Nordschleife.
The limited edition model is called the Mercedes AMG GT R PRO and is expected to feature aerodynamic updates along with a marginal increase in power.
AMG chief Tobias Moers previously revealed that his engineers were working on a new version of Merc’s 911 GT3 RS rival to ramp up its on-track performance. He told us: “Price-wise and positioning-wise, our GT R is between 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS.
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“So far we have been doing well in comparison tests conducted on race tracks. But we’re also working a little bit on a GT R… something. It’ll be a bit more race track-oriented. It’s lightened a little bit but it’s more of a track day version, for fun on circuits. We’re not talking about a competition car – not a GT3 or a GT4.”
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Recent spy shots from the Nordschleife have shown an AMG GT R prototype, now understood to be the limited edition PRO model, undergoing testing ahead of its debut. We’d expect the GT R’s 577bhp powerplant to get an upgrade, taking it closer to 600bhp. It should also use lightweight parts and a stripped-out cabin to shed a few kilos for improved response and handling. The modifications could also include the adoption of some components from the race cars – although the car is expected to be road-legal.
The new version of the GT will not be the most extreme edition in the car’s lifespan. Moers also acknowledged that work has started on a GT Black Series that will be introduced towards the end of the current car’s production run. “The development journey for Black Series is under way,” he said. “It’ll take us a while, but we’re working on it now.”
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