► Mercedes-AMG GT gets a facelift
► Updated car’s debut at 2018 LA show
► Topped by new AMG GT R Pro flagship
It’s facelift time for the Mercedes-AMG GT, with four years having passed since its launch. Mercedes’ updated grand tourer has made its global debut at the 2018 LA Auto Show.
The whole AMG GT model line-up has been given a package of updates, and a new motorsport-inspired range-topper has been revealed - this AMG GT R Pro.
Click here for more from the LA show
AMG GT: what’s new for 2019?
Both Coupe and Roadster get exterior and interior tweaks, with a (slightly) less cluttered centre console as per the new AMG GT 4-door, a new digital instrument panel and a new wheel, with swipeable Touch Control pads as per the CLS, A-Class, AMG GT 4-door and others.
The range still starts with the entry-level AMG GT, followed by the AMG GT S, AMG GT C and AMG GT R, and now the new GT R Pro variant.
All cars still feature the impressively responsive hot-in-vee 4.0-litre V8, with power on a sliding scale according to model from 469bhp to 577bhp.
AMG GT R Pro: new GT racing-inspired range-topper
Headline act for the updated AMG GT range is the limited-edition Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro (pictured below).
AMG claims lessons learned in its GT3 and GT4 racing exploits have been directly applied to its raciest grand tourer yet, with a built-in rollcage, racing-style coil-over springs and adjustable dampers and an evil looking aero kit, diveplane flicks and all.
A road-legal GT racer that can lap the Nurburgring in almost seven minutes flat (AMG factory driver Maro Engel recorded a 7min04sec lap in November in a disguised GT R Pro), it’s one of the least practical cars on display at LA but the most alluring if you have a one-track mind.
What else is new?
Redesigned LED headlights, with more distinctive daytime running lights that double up as indicators, set against a darker background. Likewise the tail-lights appear deeper-set against a newly darkened background.
Sentient stability control: a new AMG Dynamics control mode for the ESP system is claimed to be able to predict what the car will do before the driver does, and has a sliding scale (no pun intended) of assistance levels from Basic through Advanced and Pro to Master, best left for circuit use.
If you do fancy a track day, the new AMG Track Pace function within the multimedia system can record telemetry from a set of race circuits around the world so you can analyse a raft of data from each lap.
AMG GT, GT S, GT C and GT R: how to spot the difference
The entry AMG GT model has round twin exhaust outlets, and the AMG GT S and GT C have twin trapeze-shaped outlets. All three core AMG GT models have been given a new rear diffuser apron.
The hardcore AMG GT R has a cavernous central exhaust outlet, with two further round exhaust exits either side.