AUTOWEEK: 2020 MERCEDES-AMG GT R PRO: NO EXTRA POWER, NO EXTRA NEED
The Pro version of Mercedes-AMG’s GT gets better aero, suspension but not extra ponies
The GT R Pro is basically the hottest version of the GT making 577 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque from the company’s 4.0-liter biturbo V8. The Pro version adds all of the updates from the rest of AMG line that we’ve seen in the last few model years.
That means buyers will get the full digital display with a 12.3-inch instrument cluster screen and a 10.25-inch multimedia screen. It will get new display style modes for those screens, new colored display buttons and the new leather or microsuede steering wheel from the AMG GT 4-Door.
Also like the AMG GT 4-Door, the GT R Pro will get AMG Dynamics, which are in addition to the AMG Dynamic Select drive modes. Those stay the same: slippery, comfort, sport, sport plus and race. The AMG Dynamics modes work with the ESP system, yaw sensors and differential to allow the driver to experience the full capability of the vehicle. Modes include basic, advanced, pro and master (like the AMG GT 4-Door). I’ll let Mercedes explain.
“Basic” is assigned to the “slippery” and “comfort” drive programs. Here the AMG GT demonstrates exceptionally stable handling characteristics with high yaw damping.
“Advanced” is activated in the “sport” program. The AMG GT is then neutrally balanced. The lower yaw damping, lower steering angle requirement and enhanced agility support dynamic maneuvers such as driving on winding country roads.
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“Pro” (abbreviation for “professional”) is part of the “sport+” program. In “pro,” the driver receives even more assistance for dynamic driving maneuvers while agility and precision are further enhanced when taking corners.
“Master” (only available for GT C and GT R) is connected to the RACE drive program. “Master” mode is aimed at drivers who want to experience dynamism and the driving enjoyment on closed-off circuits. “Master” offers an extremely neutral vehicle balance, low steer angle requirement and more agile steering. In this way, “master” ensures maximum agility and fully exploits the dynamic potential.
The AMG GT R Pro also gets a new coilover suspension setup with even finer adjustments of spring preload length, compression and rebound, and the front axle gets an adjustable torsion bar made from carbon fiber.
The aero is improved as well with a redesigned apron with two new dive planes, a new splitter inspired by the GT3 car and the same spoiler as the GT R but with an extra spoiler lip. It also comes standard with MBs Carbon I and II packages, which puts the material on the front splitter, fins, trim strips, side mirrors, rear spoiler and diffuser.
We don’t have a price yet, but we expect it to be even more expensive than the top GT R model, which starts at $158,000.