To counter the launch of the new 992-generation Porsche 911, Mercedes has given its AMG GT supercar a mid-cycle refresh along with adding a new, more potent version to the line-up. The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT gets refreshed styling along with a long list of technology and performance upgrades. However, it’s the new range-topping GT R Pro that has been grabbing the headlines. Launched at the ongoing LA Auto Show, it’s a special edition based on the Mercedes-AMG GT R which has been made lighter along with additional aerodynamic elements to make it even faster around a racetrack. Mercedes says that the GT R Pro was developed using experience gained from racing the AMG GT3 and GT4, which has helped it lap the famous Nurburgring in just 7 minutes and 4.6 seconds—4 seconds quicker than the standard GT R.
The GT R Pro hasn’t been given any power upgrade and retains the standard GT R’s twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 that makes 577 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The German automaker has made it faster by upgrading its suspension, improved aerodynamics, and reducing weight by using lighter wheels and carbon-fiber parts. The immediately noticeable aesthetic changes include a larger front splitter, vents on the front wheel arches, a slightly different rear wing and a downforce-inducing element aft of the rear wheels, which are all made of light-weight carbon-fiber. The GT R Pro will be available only for a year and is expected to reach the dealerships in late 2019; there’s no word on the pricing though.