The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO is a $200,000 track beater

The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO is the newest and most hardcore track toy from the power-hungry geniuses in Affalterbach. Mercedes-AMG recently announced pricing for the new GT R PRO. The rawest and most intense AMG sports car starts at $199,650. If you factor in the $995 destination and delivery charge, expect to pay upwards of $200k to experience what the new Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO has to offer.

The Mercedes-AMG GT is currently available in four flavors, but the GT R PRO is the big daddy of the group. Executive editor Chris Davies said it best: “The new GT R PRO is the most fearsome AMG GT car yet,” he said.

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO

Even our Editor-in-Chief Vincent Nguyen has nothing but praises for the AMG GT R PRO. “The Porsche 911 remains the epitome of the everyday sort of sports car, but the title of best German sports car is getting a serious challenge by the updated 2020 Mercedes AMG GT, specifically the GT R PRO,” said Nguyen. “It’s safe to say the GT R PRO is not for novices or the faint of heart, but it’s possibly the most extreme and rare AMG sports car yet.”

Here are the mesmerizing features in the most track-focused AMG GT ever made.

The Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO has a mighty V8 motor

The Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO has the same engine as the less-focused GT R. I’m talking about a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 with 577-horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Interestingly enough, the torque figures are virtually identical for both vehicles. The motor produces peak torque from as low as 2,100 rpm.

Both cars also get an AMG Speedshift DCT 7-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive. Because of this, both the GT R and GT R PRO accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5-seconds.

So what’s the difference between the GT R and GT R PRO? The boffins at Mercedes-AMG wanted to make the GT R PRO better by not giving it more power.

That’s right. Of course, more horsepower is always better. But when it comes to racing around the track, putting all that power into good use is a different story altogether.

It has updated suspension and aero tweaks

This is what you pay for in the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO. Abundant power is a given with every AMG car, but the GTR PRO is the only vehicle that benefits from the features in the AMG GT3 and GT4 racing cars.

The new Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO has a new AMG Ride Control coilover suspension with manual damping adjustment. This allows you to precisely tune the spring rate, rebound, and compression of the suspension system. You can do so easily by turning the permanently installed adjustment wheels on each damper.

The car also receives a host of carbon-fiber exterior panels. This includes a larger front splitter with aluminum supports, aerodynamic flics on the front bumper, aerodynamic gills in the front fenders, an adjustable carbon-fiber sway bar in the front axle, and a fixed rear spoiler. Even the redesigned roof with a lower center section is crafted from carbon fiber.

The Mercedes AMG GT R PRO also gets carbon fiber side mirror housings, carbon-ceramic brakes, a carbon fiber rear diffuser, and a crossbar made from – you guessed it – carbon fiber.

All these carbon fiber enhancements are responsible for giving the 2020 Mercedes AMG GT R PRO a race-ready, track-tuned vibe. In fact, all these improvements enabled the GT R PRO to lap the Nurburgring North Loop in 7.04.632 minutes, which is approximately six seconds faster than the previous AMG GT R.

But the Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO is also good for everyday driving

Well, it’s not as ideal as a four-door sedan or SUV, but you get the point. As hardcore and track-focused as it may be, the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO is equipped with a bevy of safety, convenience, and luxury kit.

The car is equipped with standard LED high-performance headlights, a front and rearview camera for easier parking, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.25” multimedia display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and touch display buttons previously seen in the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe.

If the Porsche 911 is a bit too ubiquitous, the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO is the next best thing. It’s more exclusive, too. Mercedes-AMG will only build 750 units of the GT R PRO globally.

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