THE NEW MERCEDES-AMG GT2 PRO IS RACE-SPEC AUTOMOTIVE AWESOMENESS!
Back in 2014, Mercedes-Benz released the first Mercedes-AMG GT and it was an instant hit. Some were a little judgy about the long bonnet, but to those automotive fanatics who actually have an appreciation for cars and design, it was a veritable rolling work of art. You can feel the personal bias creeping in there, can’t you? In the nearly ten years that this car has been in production, every single interaction has been something to behold, and of course, better than the one before. Under the banner of the 1st generation, the world was introduced to an impressive list of special models and limited-number versions that included the AMG GT C, AMG GT S, AMG GT R and the AMG GT R Pro. To say the engineers at Affalterbach milked the design is a bit of an understatement. The second generation of the AMG GT was revealed in August of 2023, and it has just the right amount of changes to make it all-new while at the same time ensuring the car was instantly recognisable from kilometres away. With the AMG GT being the top rung in the AMG lineup, you know that it packs in more technology than the Starship Enterprise. It also had to offer great performance, and in the top-spec GT 63 4MATIC+ they fitted a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 that’s rated to produce a nice and fat 430 kW of power with a stonking 800 Nm of torque. This kind of power affords the new GT the ability to shunt from 0-100 km/h in a mere 3.2 seconds and can run on to a top speed of 315 km/h, fully exploiting the lighting-fast 9-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G transmission that sends power to all four wheels.
We were convinced that we’d see one of these 2nd generation cars in a special edition now, but alas, the new Mercedes-AMG GT2 PRO, a non-homologated race car for track days and events with more lenient rules than the large FIA-affiliated ones, is based on the Mercedes-AMG GT2 unveiled back in 2022. A highlight of the GT2 PRO is a new Push2Pass function: by pushing the button on the steering wheel, the boost is temporarily increased and all the horses of the powerplant are pulled in to play - a full 750 hp (551 kW). Without pushing the go-fast button, there’s 707 hp (520 kW) on tap. Being race-spec, the GT2 PRO has the transmission mounted on the rear axle in a transaxle configuration that’s connected to the engine via a carbon fibre torque tube with high torsion and torque stiffness. The chassis includes comprehensively adjustable four-way motorsport shock absorbers and there’s a GT2 PRO-specific special finish, newly designed rear wing endplates, and an optimised interior that looks like a fun place to be. There’s a CUBE CONTROLS steering wheel with the Push2Pass function button, a high-definition graphics display, a GT2 PRO-specific varnished centre console and the stitching of the driver’s seat, a five-point safety belt, safety nets and a fire extinguisher. The driver is enclosed in a carbon safety cell, and if there’s an issue on the track that affects the opening of the doors there’s an extrication hatch for a fast getaway. “We are very proud to have achieved the next milestone in the customer sports segment with the Mercedes-AMG GT2 PRO. Demand for pure track day cars has increased significantly, so therefore, we also respond to the expansion of the derivatisation in the track day and club sport segment at the same time. With its technical refinements that include, among others, the new Push2Pass function, the GT2 PRO is the ultimate track day tool. Moreover, the car is easy and quick to drive. The GT2 PRO is exceptionally agile, allowing the fascination of racing to be experienced enormously, both for amateurs and professionals.” says Christoph Sagemüller, head of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport.
Take a look at the YouTube video from the chaps in white coats, and possibly the editing studio at Mercedes-Benz, which shows off the ridiculously awesome new Mercedes-AMG GT2 PRO in all its super shiny and race-prepped glory. This has to be the coolest body shape that Mercedes-Benz has ever created, every incarnation of the car since its debut in 2014. If you disagree, just know you're wrong: Mercedes-AMG GT2 PRO | CWMedia
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