Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro is the track auto you've always wanted

Mercedes-AMG unveils limited edition GT R Pro

Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro is the track auto you've always wanted

Benz fans will no doubt also spot the new steering wheel, which features touch sensitive controls as a way to get around the menus without removing your hands from the wheel. This allows influencing the body dive and roll as well as the traction of the GT R Pro even more selectively.

There's also AMG Track Pace, a track-only data logging mechanism, and the AMG Dynamics stability control system with a variety of new driver selectable modes. In addition, the two-door GT obtains the AMG performance steering wheel that was introduced in the four-door variant.

The new Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro is a limited edition model said to incorporate learnings from AMG's GT3 and GT4 race cars, adapted for life on the road. "The agile responses to all driver commands and the overall performance now deliver even more of that incomparable feeling that our racing drivers experience on the track".

Handling is enhanced even more by a carbon fibre shear panel in the rear underbody of the auto, which stiffens up the rear end structure. The GT R's rear fascia is unchanged. The GT and GT C models have a new rear diffuser, with the base model getting quad round tailpipes and the GT C receiving quad rectangular pipes; both models previously had trapezoidal dual exhaust. The instrument cluster can also be customised via switches on the wheel, as can the design of the digital display with three options: classic, "shporty" and supersport, the latter of which adds shift lighting. Lower models get round tips while the GT C sports AMG's signature square tips. That's around 6 seconds faster than the standard AMG GT R.

A new coil-over suspension setup features adjustment dial on each damper so the driver can set compression rates and other variables to perfectly reflect their driving style and the track they're conquering. The front and rear suspension setups are further stiffened by a carbon-fibre torsion bar front and hollow tube steel anti-rollbar in the rear. The AMG GT R is already fitted with Uniball spherical bearings at the lower wishbones of the rear axle. A "track package", meanwhile, add a roll-over protection system, enclosed four-point safety harnesses and a fire extinguisher. The automaker took the AMG GT R PRO to the Nürburgring North Loop, where GT3 racing driver Maro Engel did a 7.04.632 minute lap, roughly 6 seconds faster than the regular AMG GT R. 0-60 miles per hour comes in 3.5 seconds, the same as the regular GT R, with a top speed of 198 miles per hour.

To distinguish it from the GT R, the Pro comes with further aerodynamic components, such as a redesigned front bumper and additional fins on the rear wing and wheel arches - all finished in carbon fibre as standard. Ceramic brakes are fitted as standard in the PRO as well as AMG bucket seats.

While there are no Nurburgring records to report, Mercedes-AMG have confirmed that Maro Engel completed a circuit of the North Loop in exactly 7.04.632 minutes.

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