Mercedes’s rival for the Porsche 911 GT3 RS is on sale now, with prices starting from £188,345
Mercedes has released pricing information and full specifications for the upcoming AMG GT R Pro Coupe. Due to reach the UK market in July, with prices starting at £188,345, the new limited edition flagship model features a range of chassis upgrades, a suite of functional aero and a stripped-back interior.
Powered by the same 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 as the AMG GT R, the Pro produces 577bhp and 700Nm of torque. 0-62 mph is dispatched in 3.6 seconds and, flat out, it will match the GT R’s top speed of 198mph. Power is fed through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic to the rear wheels, via an electronically-controlled limited-slip differential.
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While these figures show no improvement over the standard AMG GT R, the Pro makes up for it with a host of chassis upgrades, including adjustable coil-over suspension, lightened anti-roll bars and electronically-controlled dynamic engine and transmission mounts.
To offset the lack of additional performance, Mercedes-AMG has employed weight-saving tactics throughout the Pro’s construction. So, the roof and seats are made from carbon fibre, the wheels are lightweight forged units and the brakes are ceramic.
The Pro package also features a range of aerodynamic upgrades over the standard GT R, including a new, braced front splitter with canards, a new rear diffuser with canards and an updated rear wing; all of which are made from carbon fibre. A new active downforce system on the front splitter also claims to increase grip.
Standard equipment includes a 10.25-inch digital instrument binnacle and infotainment system, a Burmester surround sound system, keyless-go, parking assist and a choice of either 19-inch or 20-inch forged-alloy wheels.
For the European market, the GT R Pro comes equipped with Mercedes-AMG’s track package as standard. This adds a full steel roll-cage, four-point safety harness and a 2kg fire extinguisher.
With all these tweaks in place, Mercedes claims that the AMG GT R Pro has completed a lap of the Nurburgring in 7.04.623 – just over five seconds quicker than the standard GT R, but still around eight seconds slower than its main rival, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
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