2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro — Live Photos

Auto Shows, Interesting | November 29th, 2018 by 14
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For the past couple of years, the Porsche 911 hasn’t been the only six-figure sports from Germany in its segment. It’s had some company in the form of the Mercedes-AMG GT and it’s a car that poses a very serious threat to the famous 911. Not only that, but it’s a car that poses a very serious threat to the BMW 8 Series. Since its debut, it’s been one of the better looking cars on the road, with its stunning classic sports car looks and proportions. It’s a beaut. And it’s a riot to drive as well. Now, it’s gotten even better, with a limited-run, hardcore version — the Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro and it’s very impressive.

Posed to take on the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, the Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro is as extreme a track car as you can legally drive on the road. On the outside, it gets a ton of new aero, such as its new front splitter, front canards, massive rear diffuser, wheel vents over the front arches and a new rear wing. So it looks very extreme but it doesn’t look overdone. In fact, it looks awesome. Those green stripes a bit much but they can come in either matte grey or you can tell AMG to keep ’em.

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Inside, it actually looks pretty normal, with only the lightweight buckets and the rear bracing hinting at the capabilities underneath the skin. And there are some serious capabilities under the skin.

The powertrain remains the same but that’s not to say it’s lacking. With 577 hp on tap from its 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 borrowed from the standard AMG GT R, it still packs plenty of punch. But this GT R Pro is lighter, sharper and more dynamic. It gets manually-adjustable coilovers, which are three-way adjustable for height, rebound and compression. Its front torsion bar is made from carbon fiber, while its rear one is hollowed steel now.

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All in all, it looks very cool, it should be very fast and it should be very fun. It’s an exciting new car and one that could have future BMW M8 variations a bit nervous.

[Photos: John Hietter]

14 responses to “2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro — Live Photos”

  1. PK says:

    a much needed facelift on the interior! can’t wait for the black series!!!! <3

  2. Central Lifestyle says:

    Quite good to see Mercedes-AMG moving forward with different variants and even more hardcore versions of their leading supercar. Taking weight into consideration, there’ll be no way M8 would compete with AMG GT. Besides M8 will be a very good sportscar, not a supercar. i8 is the car that would competed with AMG GT if not for lack of the proper engine it actually deserves.

    • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

      When have BMW built a supercar? i8 is 21st century tech., not about competing with 20th century fossil dino. tech. If weight is the issue, why does M5 mop the flòor (or track) with Mercedes EVERY time? Rhetorical question. Not only does i8 NOT compete with AMG, the latter are selling to Aston to move inventory.

      • Central Lifestyle says:

        Never said weight was an issue. M8, which will be a fantastic sportscar, is much heavier to compare with AMG GT and other supercars. i8 fits that bill more as it is very lightweight, priced accordingly, designed with supercar features and its got one of the best chassis in supercar category. Only reason i8 isn’t directly comparing with AMG GT is engine/power reason. Stick a more powerful engine in it and comparisons would be inevitable. And you know as well as anyone it isn’t impossible for BMW to replace i8’s 3 cylinders with a 4 or 6 cylinder engine to go along with the electric motor.

        And yes, i8 is a supercar. Everyone, reviewers, motor industry etc considers it a supercar. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0acbe4c06ef147208a796359871d33d8b8e8ae66b4ed44fdab0073cd4b6ba8df.jpg

        • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

          “Taking weight into consideration. ..” Apparently I misread. Completely agree i8 is a supercar, but I also love that they use I3 drivetrain to power volume models. I don’t want to see BMW competing with vehicles that will be legislated out of existence. I want them to show us the future.

  3. mod9 says:

    It looks good, I must say.

    Would really be nice if there was a BMW supercar named just BMW M. What a lovely dream… unfortunately.

    • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

      M1. Nobody bought it. Mercedes had to buy AMG just to compete with BMW M, which today have their biggest model range ever, & every other manufacturer following. Or trying to.

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