Mercedes-AMG has responded to the challenge of the recently facelifted Audi R8 and new-generation Porsche 911 with an updated version of the AMG GT. Alongside improvements to the standard range, a new motorsport-inspired special edition has also been added.
The flagship sports car has made its debut at the Los Angeles motor show just hours after Mercedes’ Stuttgart rival pulled the covers off the ‘992’ version of the 911. It’s the first major upgrade the AMG GT has benefitted from since it first went on sale in 2014.
The biggest news is the new range-topping limited-run model, called AMG GT R Pro, added to the AMG GT line-up. Inspired by the brand’s GT3 and GT4 racing models, the GT R Pro benefits from a motorsport-inspired suspension set-up, improved aerodynamics and racy visual additions.
The standard AMG GT R’s coil-over suspension is modified in the Pro model to allow mechanical adjustment of the compression and rebound of the dampers, alongside spring preload length. Settings can be altered without using tools but with a click adjustment dial on the damper itself.
A new adjustable carbonfibre torsion bar has been added to the front axle, while the car’s upper wishbones also use Uniball spherical bearings, reducing play and improving wear resistance. A carbonfibre shear panel reduces weight and stiffens the rear-end structure further, too, while retuned dynamic engine and transmission mounts also feature.
Certain markets include a Track Package with the AMG GT R Pro, which comprises of a steel cage roll-over protection system, four-point safety harnesses for both front seats, and a fire extinguisher. Mercedes claims the roll over system with its multiple steel bracing points further increases structural stiffness and improves driving dynamics.
External aerodynamic improvements include an extended front splitter with carbon fibre ‘flics’, new front wing louvres that reduce front axle lift, and a new rear spoiler with milled aluminium brackets and a lip that increases rear axle downforce. Carbon is also used in the GT R Pro’s roof and side sill strips.
The GT R Pro is marked out visually in its motor show debut spec by Selenite Grey paint combined with the option of new light green stripes running across the bonnet, roof, side panels and rear hatch. Other colour combinations are available, however.
Mercedes-AMG GT range changes: Interior and chassis improvements
The most visible changes to the standard AMG GT range are to be found inside. Inspiration has been taken from the recently launched AMG GT 4-door, with a new configurable 12.3in digital instrument display replacing the old analogue dials. The central multimedia display has also been redesigned with a new 10.25in screen and updated graphics.