Mercedes is teasing a more track-focused GT R ahead of its Los Angeles Auto Show debut.
For most of us, the name Mercedes is synonymous with German luxury cars driven by villains (or their henchmen) in various action adventure movies. Invariably the Mercedes will be flipped off the side of a mountain or driven off a multi-story parking garage, much to the villain’s dismay.
However, Mercedes is also known for making a particular sports car that is also particularly good. The Mercedes-AMG GT R is a twin-turbocharged monster built in the style of an old-school racer that punches surprisingly above its weight class and is a testament to what Mercedes’ engineers can do when they’re not so concerned with luxury.
And now Mercedes is introducing an even faster, more track-focused model at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
They call it the GT R PRO.
The PRO, presumably, is for how this GT R is going to be aimed at professional race car drivers. According to Motor1, it will feature technologies normally reserved for the GT3 and GT4 racing versions of the GT R (a name that can get confusing when referring to racing series). New suspension and greater use of carbon fiber should tighten steering and lighten the load, and there’s even a chance that the PRO will get more power than the regular GT R’s 577 horses.
Even if it doesn’t, the lighter weight will almost certainly allow it to accelerate from zero to sixty in less than the normal car’s 3.5 seconds.
Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO | Teaser
Even before its world premiere, the new Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO has impressively demonstrated its performance potential on the racetrack. Stay tuned for more. [Fuel consumption combined: 12.4 l /100km | CO2 emissions combined: 284 g/km | http://amg4.me/Efficiency-Statement]Posted by Mercedes-AMG on Monday, November 26, 2018
Mercedes offered up a teaser video on their Facebook account that gave us our first glimpse at the new model. Still covered in zebra-print camouflage, the GT R PRO looks a lot like a regular GT R. It’s hard to tell given the brief shots, but we could be in store for greater use of aerodynamic tweaks, such as a larger rear wing and more pronounced rear diffuser.
Factory driver Maro Engel seems to have done a tour of the Nurburgring test track in the video, which means we’re likely going to see just how fast this car can move when it makes its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this week.