Since debuting four years ago, the AMG GT has conquered a large part of the competitive sports car market. The top athlete from Affalterbach now comes to the starting line with an impressive range of updates and with a new limited edition model, the AMG GT R PRO. For added agility, the two-door AMG GT Coupes and Roadsters will be fitted with the AMG DYNAMICS integrated driving dynamics control system, the new AMG Performance steering wheel, the same centre console with innovative display buttons as on the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe, and a fully digital instrument display with the exclusive AMG "Supersport" style on the instrument cluster. The limited edition AMG GT R PRO has been modified to deliver even more racetrack performance, with optimized precise power, new suspension, aerodynamic fine-tuning for even more overall downforce, and lightweight wheels that all contribute to enhanced driving dynamics and faster lap times on the racetrack.
"The AMG GT embodies 'Driving Performance.' At its debut four years ago, it turned the heads of customers and sports car enthusiasts alike. In order to continue this success story, we are introducing numerous innovations from the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe and adding a new limited-edition top-of-the-range model. No other Mercedes-AMG production model is as close to motor racing as the new AMG GT R PRO. A lot of experience from our current GT3 and GT4 motorsport activities entered into its development. It now delivers even more of that incomparable feeling that our racing drivers experience on the track," says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Management Board of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
Standard fully digital instrument display
With new telematics architecture, the two-door AMG GT models offers as standard a fully digital instrument display with 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch multimedia display on the centre console.
The instrument cluster features an entirely new screen design with the three AMG-specific display styles: "Classic"; "Sporty"; and "Supersport."
In the "Supersport" mode, extensive additional AMG-specific information appears, such as a prompt to shift up in manual transmission mode that has been borrowed from motorsport. The newly designed graphics in the multimedia display improve the driving experience with features such as an animated presentation of the driving assistance, vehicle, and communication systems.
The left-hand touch control button on the steering wheel controls what information is displayed on the left or right-hand side of the instrument panel. For example the driver can choose to display anything from the classic speedometer and rev counter, to navigation information or assistance systems or even the detailed engine data. Drivers who are feeling especially sporty can display the g-force or the current output and torque values.
Innovative display buttons in the centre console
One eye-catching feature in the interior is the centre console's stylized V8 design. The 2-door AMG GTs are now getting innovative, coloured display buttons on the display. These integrate the display and steering of transmission logistics, chassis, ESP, exhaust system, rear spoilers, and ECO start/stop function. Using TFT technology, each button displays a symbol that shows its function and is easily operated with just a tap of the finger. The display buttons are supplemented by the two rocker switches for the drive programs and volume control.
It's all down to the grip: The new generation of AMG steering wheels
The 2-door AMG GTs are now getting the new AMG performance steering wheel, which debuted in the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe and is also available in the C 63. It is characterized by its sporty design, a flattened bottom section with a heavily contoured rim, and intuitive control. The steering wheel cover in Black Nappa Leather is perforated at the sides to ensure optimum grip.
On the AMG GT C, the steering wheel comes as standard with a rim in Black Nappa Leather/DINAMICA microfibre. In the AMG GT R, the rim is completely covered with DINAMICA microfibre. The AMG steering wheel also comes in Black Nappa Leather with Piano Black Lacquer Trim, as well as DINAMICA microfibre with elements in high-gloss carbon fibre. The galvanized gearshift paddles on the steering wheel allow for an even sportier driving style with manual gear shift.
With a simple swipe of the finger, the integrated Touch Control buttons on the steering wheel can be used to control the functions of the digital dash and the multimedia display. The Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and the TEMPOMAT cruise control can be adjusted on the control panels on the left. The control panels on the right are used to activate the voice control and telephone, to regulate the volume as well as other functions of the multimedia system.
All 2-door AMG GT models offer the AMG steering wheel buttons as standard. These consist of a round controller with an integrated display beneath the right-hand steering-wheel spoke, plus two vertically positioned colour display buttons with switches beneath the left-hand steering-wheel spoke.
The AMG drive programs can be triggered via a controller on the steering wheel. The selected setting is shown on the colour LCD display that is integrated into the controller.
The two freely configurable display buttons and the additional switches on the left-hand side enable further AMG functions to be controlled directly on the steering wheel. This means that the driver can concentrate fully on dynamic driving without having to take their hands off the wheel. The two preferred AMG functions can be defined exactly and the settings changed with just one tap of the finger: Each function is displayed with an icon on the LCD display, and can be chosen with the tap of a switch.
Data logger for use on the racetrack: AMG TRACK PACE
The AMG TRACK PACE virtual race engineer, which records data when driving on closed-off racetracks, provides a significantly broader and even more precise scope of functions. AMG TRACK PACE is a standard part of the COMAND online infotainment system.
Once the function has been activated, more than 80 vehicle-specific sets of data (e.g. speed, acceleration) are recorded ten times per second. In addition, lap and sector times are displayed, as well as the respective difference to a reference time. Because specific display elements are shown in green or red, the driver is able to see at a glance without reading numbers whether they are faster or slower than the best time.
After putting in some fast laps, the driver can use the data to analyze and, if necessary, improve their driving skills. In addition, acceleration and deceleration values (e.g. 0-100 km/h, ¼ mile, 100-0 km/h) can be measured and saved. Thanks to a newly developed algorithm that determines the vehicle's position as precisely as possible, AMG TRACK PACE even detects when the circuit has been left or if it has been shortened. This is done using GPS data as well as the vehicle's sensors (i.e. acceleration, gyroscope, steering angle, wheel speeds).
The data is shown on the multimedia display and the digital dash. Information about well-known racetracks like, for example, the Nürburgring or Spa-Francorchamps, are already stored in the system, and it is also possible to record your own circuits.
Exterior: An enhanced connection to the AMG GT family
The new light controls of the LED high performance headlights now show parallels to the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe and therefore further enhance the AMG GT family connection. A tri-functional, arched light guide takes on the functions of daytime running light, navigation light and turn signals.
The multi-chamber reflector system with three single reflectors each for dipped beam and main beam not only ensures optimal illumination of the roadway, but also gives the AMG GTs a sporty, dynamic look.
The new look of the rear apron is striking. Its sporty black diffuser insert was redesigned for the AMG GT C, while its tail pipe cover was also redesigned and matched to the shape of the one on the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe. The AMG GT C has trapezoid-shaped twin tail pipe covers. The rear design of the AMG GT R keeps its distinctive shape with the large, centrally positioned tail pipe cover with centre bar. It is now flanked by two more black tail pipes to the left and right of the diffuser.
The AMG GT C comes with the option of new 10-double-spoked forged wheels in Titanium Grey with finely polished surfaces, or in soft black with finely polished rim flange.
Another new option is the parking package, with the Parking Assist PARKTRONIC and reverse and front cameras, which help drivers to manoeuvre in tight spaces.
In a further connection to the family, the 2-door AMG GTs are now available in Brilliant Blue MAGNO, which was first introduced with the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe. Other extras include two-tone leather upholstery in exclusive Nappa style in silver pearl/black.
Increased agility through AMG DYNAMICS
The 2-door AMG GTs now come with AMG DYNAMICS, a new feature in the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs ("Slippery," "Comfort," "Sport," "Sport Plus," "RACE," and "Individual"). This feature expands ESP® (electronic stability program) functioning to include precise distribution of power at the rear axis as well as steering characteristics. AMG DYNAMICS also optimizes transverse dynamics by delivering higher lateral acceleration as well as better traction and load change reactions, increasing the agility of the AMG GTs even when they are at their most stable.
Particularly remarkable is the way in which AMG DYNAMICS calculates how the vehicle will react. To do this, the system uses sensors that detect the speed, the steering angle, or the yaw rate. Based on the pilot-control principle, it is possible to anticipate the vehicle's behaviour based on the driver's actions and the data from the sensors. In this way, the control system reacts even before the driver – and with no noticeable intervention by the system. The driver gets a very authentic driving feel with high cornering dynamics and optimum traction, as well as high stability and predictable handling. Even experienced drivers receive optimum assistance without feeling undercut by the system.
The different AMG DYNAMICS modes are named "Basic," "Advanced," "Pro," and "Master." The drive program selection indicated on the multimedia display now shows the new AMG DYNAMICS symbol with the relevant additional term, instead of the previous ESP® symbol.
- "Basic" is assigned to the "Slippery" and "Comfort" drive programs. Here, the AMG GTs demonstrate exceptionally stable handling characteristics with high yaw damping.
- "Advanced" is activated in the "Sport" program. The AMG GT is then neutrally balanced. Together, the lower yaw damping, lower steering angle requirement, and enhanced agility facilitate dynamic manoeuvres, such as driving on winding country roads.
- "Pro" (abbreviation for "professional") is part of the "Sport+" program. In "Pro" the driver receives even more assistance for dynamic driving manoeuvres, while agility and precision are further enhanced when taking corners.
- "Master" (only available for GT C and GT R) is connected to the RACE drive program. "Master" mode is aimed at drivers who want to experience the dynamism and driving enjoyment offered by closed circuits. "Master" offers an extremely neutral vehicle balance, low steer-angle requirement and more agile steering. In this way, "Master" ensures maximum agility, fully exploiting the vehicle's dynamic potential.
Closer to motor racing than ever before: The new AMG GT R PRO
The new limited-edition, top-of-the-range AMG GT R PRO is characterized by improved driving dynamics, particularly on the racetrack. Expertise gleaned from the AMG GT3 and AMG GT4 racing cars influenced the development of the GT R PRO. The motorsport measures can be clustered in four areas: suspension, lightweight construction, aerodynamics, and looks.
Suspension: The optimal set-up
The new AMG coil-over suspension offers even more opportunities for drivers to tailor the set-up to a particular circuit. As in professional motorsport, the driver is not only able to mechanically set the spring preload length, but can now also adjust the compression and rebound of the dampers. This is done quickly and precisely via a click system with an integral adjustment dial on the damper. The compression rate is adjusted separately for high-speed and low-speed movements. This means that the settings can be dialled-in for slow and fast compression movements, as is common practice in motorsport. This allows the driver to control the body dive and roll, as well as the traction of the AMG GT R PRO, even more selectively.
The front axle is fitted with an adjustable torsion bar made of lightweight carbon fibre. Its counterpart at the rear is made of steel, and is also adjustable and saves weight due to its hollow tube design.
The AMG GT R is already fitted with Uniball spherical bearings at the lower wishbones of its rear axle. The AMG GT R PRO also gets these bearings for its upper wishbones, which are significantly more wear-resistant than conventional wishbone bearings. Their toe-in and camber do not change even under high loads. As a result, the AMG GT R PRO can be driven with even more precision.
The carbon-fibre shear panel in the underbody of the rear end also contributes to the vehicles high handling precision. This lightweight, rigid element stiffens the rear-end structure and as a result adds even more stability to the body shell.
The electronically controlled dynamic engine and transmission mounts were also retuned to further increase the vehicle's agility and to deliver high-precision response and clear feedback for the driver.
In the USA, Canada, and China, in place of the Track Package, the AMG GT R PRO is fitted with matte carbon-fibre trim elements and boot brace.
Lightweight construction: Carbon-fibre components and new forged wheels
In the USA, Canada and China, the AMG GT R PRO is equipped with AMG Performance seats as standard. The lightweight AMG Performance 5-double-spoke forged wheels are exclusively painted Titanium Grey and feature a rim flange with high-sheen finish.
Aerodynamics: A redesigned front apron with additional flics
Aerodynamic fine-tuning increases the overall performance of the AMG GT R PRO. Its redesigned front apron was fitted with two flics at the sides, which are made of clear-coated carbon fibre. The lower flics transition almost seamlessly into the front splitter, which was extended further forward and is held by small metal braces that stabilize the front splitter at higher speeds.
The louvres (air slots) in the front wings vent the wheel arches and contribute to reducing front-axle lift. On either side at the rear, a clear-coated carbon-fibre aero element at the wheel arch rises up vertically almost to the level of the taillamps. The interplay of all these measures significantly reduces front-axle lift without negatively impacting the aerodynamic conditions at the rear axle.
The active aerodynamics profile in the underbody, the AIRPANEL active air regulation system in the front apron, and the large aerofoil on the hatch – all of which are found on the AMG GT R – are part of the vehicle's standard specifications. In addition, the rear aerofoil is fitted with a spoiler lip (gurney), which increases downforce at the rear axle, and now sits on milled aluminum brackets that underscore the vehicle's relationship with motor racing.
Motor racing looks: Carbon Package, new carbon-fibre roof, car wrap
The AMG GT R PRO not only drives like a racing car, it also looks the part. Its standard-fit Carbon Package I with front splitter, fins in the wings, trim strips in the side sills, and diffuser with high-quality clear-coated carbon-fibre finish emphasize the vehicle's connection to motorsport, as does the redesigned carbon-fibre roof with lowered centre.
The vehicle's special status is also highlighted by its wrap, which features racing stripes that run over its hood, roof, and hatch as well as along the sides of the vehicle. This wrap is light green and available exclusively in combination with the Selenite Grey paint finish. For all other colour variants, the stripes come in Dark Grey Matte. The driver also has the option to omit the car wrap completely.
Even before its world premiere, the new AMG GT R PRO impressively demonstrated its performance potential on the racetrack. In early November, AMG brand ambassador and AMG GT3 racing driver Maro Engel completed a circuit of the Nürburgring North Loop in exactly 7.04.632 minutes, driving a still-disguised AMG GT R PRO. This considerably bettered the previous time for the AMG GT R and, at an autumnal ambient temperature of 12 degrees, demonstrated the great potential of the current AMG flagship model. The record lap was measured precisely by independent experts from wige SOLUTIONS, a German production company. An independent notary confirmed the lap time, and that the vehicle's condition was in accordance with regulations.
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