Published: Sat, December 01, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Mercedes Rolls Out Enhanced AMG GT In LA

Mercedes Rolls Out Enhanced AMG GT In LA

The aero is improved as well with a redesigned apron with two new dive planes, a new splitter inspired by the GT3 auto and the same spoiler as the GT R but with an extra spoiler lip.

But the GT R Pro is the biggest source of excitement for those who enjoy a focused sports vehicle, with Mercedes' go-fast division adding to and altering its list of features to build a more track-ready auto.

Just a couple of hours ago, Mercedes-AMG brought out the facelifted AMG GT and AMG GT R PRO at the ongoing 2018 Los Angeles Motor Show.

On the outside, the updated AMG GT takes inspiration from the 2019 AMG GT 4-door coupe launched earlier this year. The two seater will serve as the GT for the race track, taking lessons learned by Mercedes-AMG through its customer racing programs in GT3 and GT4 and applying them to a barely road-legal track day tool. The carbon roof also gets a double bubble design. The carbon-fibre shear panel in the underbody of the rear end also contributes to the better handling. The cars also get new rear diffusers with tailpipes to resemble the four door, the GT and GT S get new sill covers and new alloy wheel options are also available. It also benefits from new fully digital instrumentation on a 12.3-inch screen-with Classic, Sport and Supersport display styles-alongside a 10.25-inch infotainment screen.

The GT gets Mercedes' AMG Dynamic Select system, with Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus, Race and Individual driving modes.

The new coil-over suspension offers more choices for tailoring the set-up, with the driver able to set the spring preload length mechanically and also adjust the compression and rebound of the dampers.

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But, while power is unchanged, the GT R Pro does gain new suspension, aerodynamic fine-tuning (resulting in more downforce), lightweight bucket seats and lightweight wheels. Compared to the regular AMG GT, it's nearly an entirely different beast. A reworked front fascia includes small carbon-fibre front winglets at each corner, while sizeable front wing vents limit front-axle lift. The AMG GT R is already fitted with Uniball spherical bearings at the lower wishbones of the rear axle.

Despite the new kit, the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT continues on with the same twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 as before.

First of all, the GT's cockpit receives a new V-shaped centre console, which is actually the same one found in the new Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe. It comprises of a roll-over protection system, enclosed four-point safety harnesses for driver and front passenger, and a two-kg fire extinguisher.

As for the body, carbon-fiber components help keep the weight down, and AMG uses ceramic composite brakes for the GT R PRO as standard.

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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