We are big fans of AMG's GT R here on evo . It is a riot on the road and on the track as capable as it is fun, that is "very". However, AMG has shifted its focus even more to working with this new Pro version: is it worth the price premium, and does it make the GT R a compelling competitor to the Porsche GT Series?
Engine, transmission and 0-60 time
This is an area where the Pro does not differ from the standard GT R, but overall this is not a bad thing. The 572 hp strong & # 39; Hot-V & # 39; Twin Turbo V8 feels as exaggerating as never before. With its maximum torque of only 2100 rpm, it beats only 2,100 rpm and then beats down with a magnificent curved eighth. In many ways it defines the whole car. It is connected to a seven-speed DCT transmission operated by paddles behind the steering wheel, allowing the Pro a time of 0 to 62 mph of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 1
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The heart of the Pro-offer are four manually adjustable coilovers, the preload, rebound and compression settings offer the latter provide low and high speeds. This of course means that there is no button in the center console to adjust the damping. Instead, all changes must be made squatting next to the vehicle. On the front axle is an adjustable stabilizer made of carbon fiber (an adjustable steel rod is located behind). The uniball ball joints of the GT R on the lower rear wishbones are also used on the upper wishbones. A carbon fiber shear plate adds rigidity to the structure by bracing the body underneath, while adapting the GT's dynamic engine and transmission mounts to the Pro's more focused track.
The Pro package is continued with the standard equipment of the track pack and the ceramic brakes. Both options are available on the regular GT R, with the former carrying an extensive roll cage, four-point harness and fire extinguisher. The forged wheels are painted in titanium gray, while the roof panel now also consists of carbon fiber and has a truncated central part: the AMG carbon fiber package is also standard and the total weight saving is 14 kg compared to the regular GT R. That's all That does not sound like much, Of course, but keep in mind that the track pack's cage puts a few pounds in the car, so a comparison on a comparable basis shows a bigger difference.
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The other major change of the Pro is the increased aerodynamic performance. Slats cut into the front fenders draw air from the front wheel arches, lifting lift, and the larger front splitter, which protrudes from the nose, is complemented by dive wings attached to the front corners of the vehicle. A vertical blade behind the rear wheel arches helps direct the air backwards, while the rear wing has an extra raised-lift Gurney flap, now sitting on milled aluminum girders. It's not as if the GT R is a faint-looking car anyway, but the Pro definitely has an even more purposeful character.
Finally benefit all AMG GT now from the latest design and the latest technology from Mercedes-cockpit – a fully digital instrument cassette with a 12.3-inch screen and a 10.25-inch multimedia display in the center console. You can choose from three different layouts for select "dials" that can be configured to almost unlimited switch on the new steering wheel, and other buttons on the broad center console of the GT for setting the multi-stage damper which esp setup and the exhaust valves and so on. There are now also the rotary mode switch on the wheel and a pair of multi-configurable switch directly on the rim, with which all the aforementioned parameters can be set. With AMG Dynamics, there are now not only the overall modes "Slippery", "Comfort", "Sport", "Sport +", "Race" and "Individual", but also the settings "Basic", "Advanced", "Pro" and "Master" which affect the steering weight and the ESP setup.
That was & # 39; s like to drive?
Our first encounter with the Pro is only a handful of laps around the Hockenheim circuit, and there is no provision for comparing it to the standard GT R. Therefore, it is difficult to draw too many conclusions about the Pro's ultimate abilities at this time, except that it feels very comfortable on the track. He effortlessly swallows the wide long straights, the new instrumentation flashes red to get you upshifting, the V8 thunders along as if the exhaust is leaking almost under the driver's seat.
This sense of theater never loses the professional whether it is the driving position you hidden deep in the car with the wheel in the vicinity of the chest or the back view, as it is concealed by a roll cage, or the vibrations of Motors – there is no boring moment in the pro. 19659010] It's always a shock in a GT R to discover how fast and sensitive this long nose changes direction, and the Pro is no exception. It gets really positive in turns, and while oversteer in most scenarios is just throttling the throttle, the Pro is not the kind of car to get the acceleration out of tighter turns. As long as you're progressive, it provides excellent traction, which of course is aided by the nine-step traction control setting, which is reached via the yellow switch in the middle of the dash.
When it moves, the proximity of the rear-axle driver and the accuracy of the landing gear do not make it an eerie car despite the threatening look and soundtrack. The ceramic brakes on the car we drove were well above their best results with countless track sessions, but still attracted the car convincingly without extending the braking zones. While the upshifting speed is decent, a slight downshift delay means that there is an impression that the box can only keep up when the car loses speed quickly.
Price and Competitors  The GT R Pro is very much & # 39; GT3 GT3 & # 39; from AMG, but of course, this rival will not compete until the advent of the new 992 GT3. In terms of price, the pro is not far behind McLaren's brilliant 600LT (our current ECOTY champion), but it's a credit to the AMG that the comparison does not seem like a foregone conclusion.
V8, cm³ 3982, Twin Turbo
572 hp at 6250 U / min
516 lb ft at 2100 U / min – 5500 rev / min
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