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Mercedes-AMG GT family updated and new GT R Pro added

Mercedes-Benz has revealed its refreshed Mercedes-AMG GT family at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, while also adding the new limited edition GT R Pro variant to the range.

We'll start with the new Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro, which features the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 as the GT R, churning out the same peak outputs of 430 kW and 700 Nm (and hitting 100 km / h from standstill in 3.6 seconds before topping out at 318 km / h).

But, while power is unchanged, the GT R does gain new suspension, aerodynamic fine-tuning (resulting in more downforce), lightweight bucket seats and lightweight wheels.

The new coil-over suspension offers more choices for tailoring the set-up, with the driver able to set the spring preload length mechanically and adjust the compression and rebound of the dampers. The front axle, meanwhile, is fitted with an adjustable torsion bar made of carbon-fiber.

Other measures include the addition of a carbon-fiber shear panel in the underbody of the rear end, and the retuning of the electronically controlled dynamic engine and transmission mounts. A "track package", meanwhile, add a roll-over protection system, an enclosed four-point safety harnesses and a fire extinguisher.

The AMG GT R Pro is a standard fitted with a ceramic high-performance compound braking system and five-double-spoke forged wheels. The redesigned front fashioned from clear-coated carbon-fiber, while Mercedes-AMG said the front wing vent wheel drive and contributed to reducing the front-axle lift.

At the rear, a clear-coated carbon-fiber aero element at the wheel arch on either side rises up to the level of the taillamps, while the rear wing is fitted with a spoiler lip to increase downforce.

So, what about the rest of the range? Well, in addition to various exterior updates, the two-door AMG GT coupés and roadsters will be fitted with the Affalterbach-based firm's integrated driving dynamics control system, a new steering wheel, the center console from the AMG GT 4-Door Coupé and a fully digital instrument display.

Those exterior tweaks include new light clusters (front and rear), a redesigned rear apron and refreshed tailpipe covers, along with a choice of new alloy wheel designs.

A fresh parking package will be more available, as will the "brilliant blue magno". First introduced with the AMG GT 4-Door Coupé and two-tone leather upholstery.

Article written by Ryan Bubear

Ryan Bubear

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