AMG GT R Pro Makes Blazing Debut at 2018 L.A. Auto Show

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Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R Pro High Front

All-new Benz will dominate any track with its improved aero package and revised suspension system.

One of the big surprises from the first day of the 2018 Los Angeles International Auto Show is the 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R Pro. Following in the footsteps of the original GT R, the Pro package sticks with the same power levels, but with new improved front and rear aerodynamics and a race-ready suspension setup, this car offers significantly better performance than the non-Pro version.

How much better, you ask? Well, the “regular” GT R lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7:10.92. The GT R Pro did it in 7:04.6, better than six seconds quicker without adding any power.

Here is a look at what makes the 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R Pro so much quicker than the original.

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R Pro Taillight

Exterior Upgrades

On the outside, the unique aspects of the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R Pro begin up front, where engineers have added dive planes, a larger front splitter and a set of vents over the wheels. The combination of the splitter, the dive planes and the front tire vents help to reduce front end lift, sharpening turn-in and improving grip in the corners compared to the standard GT R.

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R Pro Fender

Out back, the AMG GT R Pro features a new carbon fiber spoiler with milled aluminum supports and a new Gurney flap, helping to create more downforce at high speeds. The rear end also benefits from addition carbon fiber aero bits behind the rear wheels which extend down under the rear fascia where they connect with the diffuser.

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R Pro Rear

Performance Enhancements

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R Pro is powered by the same 4.0-liter, twin turbo V8 that comes in the regular GT R, sending 577 horsepower towards the rear wheels by means of a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. Every other aspect of the Pro car’s performance has been enhanced.

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R Pro Front Wheel

The carbon ceramic brakes that are optional on the regular GT R is standard on the Pro, as is a set of lightweight wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R Pro Tire

More importantly, the GT R Pro is equipped with a similar suspension setup to that system used on the GT4 race cars. This system features manual adjustments for spring preload length, damper rebound and both high- and low-speed compression, with knobs on the top of the coilover assembly removing the need for tools to make suspension adjustments on the fly. There is also a carbon fiber front sway bar, a hollow steel rear sway bar and rigid spherical bearings in the upper and lower control arms rather than rubber bushings.

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R Pro Side

Price and Availability

We don’t know how much the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R Pro will cost, nor do we know when it will reach showrooms, but we know that the company only plans to build 750 examples for the world.

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R Pro Vent

With that in mind, we can expect an already-expensive car to cost even more, but as the most track-capable AMG machine, we have no doubt that Mercedes will sell every unit without a problem.

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R Pro High Rear

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A lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years, Patrick Rall is highly experienced in the automotive world. He has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now auto journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

“Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500,” says Rall. “He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car: a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16. Meanwhile, I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

“Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group,” adds Rall. “While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

“Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never ‘work’ a day in your life. I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

“My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

“Being based on Detroit, I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit’s Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.”

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