Mercedes has pulled the covers off its refreshed GT at this year’s LA Motor Show. Aimed squarely at the all-new 992 generation Porsche 911 and a revised Audi R8, the heavily refreshed Mercedes-AMG GT gets updated looks, a tweaked chassis and upgraded technology, plus there’s the addition of a hardcore, limited run AMG GT R PRO that joins the facelifted GT, GT S, GT C and GT R models. The engines, however, remain unchanged, with the familiar line-up of ‘hot-vee’ twin-turbo 4-litre V8s.
Externally the changes to the sheet metal are subtle, with all versions now receive a revised nose with headlamps influenced by the recently launched AMG GT Four Door, while at the rear there’s a new diffuser with either quad exit circular or trapezoidal tailpipes depending on model. Inside there’s now a configurable TFT dial pack as standard, plus the addition of the slick-looking transmission tunnel controls that debuted on the Four Door. Finally, the steering wheel in now the better looking, nicer to hold, three-spoke affair already seen on the latest Mercedes-AMG C63.
Yet it’s the new GT R Pro model that really grabs the attention. Based on the ‘standard’ GT R it gets the same twin turbo 4-litre (577bhp and a thumping 516lb ft) and seven-speed twin-clutch transaxle, but the rest of the car is even more extreme. Visually it’s not hard to pick the Pro out in a crowd, what with its large rear spoiler on stilts, its bespoke turning vanes, front splitter and rear diffuser (the two latter items supported by milled aluminium brackets), which are all finished in carbonfibre. The lightweight material is also used for the roof panel (fractionally lowering the centre of gravity).