The high performance, high-output GT R and GT R Pro receive much of AMG’s attention, especially in the performance department. The twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 under the hood is shared with other GT variants, but thanks to a few new tricks, including a set of upgraded turbos, now produces 577 hp, up from the standard 469 hp. For 2020, the GT-R gets a newly designed set of headlights, a restyled diffuser, and a new set of AMG performance wheels. On the inside, expect to find a set of premium Nappa leather seats with microfiber inserts, as well as dual-zone automatic climate control and an optional HomeLink universal garage door opener. The new 10.25-inch high-resolution infotainment display includes integrated navigation, a four-speaker sound system, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. Active driver assistance features include adaptive high beam assist, forward braking assist, and driver attention assist. GT R Pro cars get a series of pure performance focused parts such as a built-in roll cage, updated coil-over suspension, and additional carbon fiber bits and pieces on the exterior, however power remains the same. It is, however, limited to just 150 units on US shores.
The GT R asks a significant premium over the standard GT car, which makes total sense when you consider the added performance and unique features that come with this model. Starting at $115,900 excluding tax registration and a gas guzzler tax of $1,000, the Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe is nothing to sneeze at, but it will cost you a minimum amount of $162,900 to add the letter R behind the GT moniker; that's a difference of almost $50,000. The competition also comes in cheaper, with the Nissan GT-R only costing $113,540. Tick all the boxes on the options list, and the GT R will end up costing you well over $200,000. The hardcore GT R Pro only starts at $199,650, and is limited to 750 units globally, of which 150 will be coming stateside.
The tech-laden AMG GT R is in its standard form an already intimidating car, but Mercedes-AMG offers a broad spectrum of additional options to make their GT R better handling, and easier to live with, which is all good and well, but you bet your $2,500 limited edition Nike trainers that it's going to cost you. The exterior of the GT R can be painted in the fabulous AMG Green Hell Magno for a cool $9,900, or why not get a set of 19/20 inch AMG Performance forged five-spoke wheels for $1,700. The AMG Exterior Carbon Fiber Package II adds carbon fiber side mirror housings a rear wing as well as its vertical end plates for $4,000. The interior offers three upholstery materials and a $3,150 matte carbon-fiber trim package. New owners can even choose what color seatbelts they want. The $1,300 Convenience package adds heated and power-folding mirrors, a HomeLink Garage door opener, and more. If your only concern is setting fast lap times, then the AMG high-performance ceramic composite braking system has to be on your checklist.
There's only two options: you either buy the GT R, oryou strap on your helmet and get the GTR Pro, so if you decide to pull the trigger on the GT R, we'd suggest a few additions that should make this German muscle car even more special. On the exterior, we'd go with the ridiculously in-your-face Green Hell Magno paint color, and fit a set of black 19/20 inch AMG Performance forged twin five-spoke wheels, as well as the aggressive AMG carbon fiber exterior package. Inside there's no other choice than to go with the exclusive AMG interior carbon fiber package with red seat belts. The $1,300 Convenience package, which adds heated and power-folding mirrors, HomeLink and keyless entry, is a no-brainer, and we'd also suggest going for the mid-range Burmeister sound system with 10 high-quality speakers and a 640-watt 10-channel digital amplifier. Finally, the $875 Lane Tracking package should be a definite tick as it adds blind-spot monitoring and lane-keep assist. We'd only recommend going for the GT R Pro (if you can find one) if you're planning to exclusively compete on the track. Driving one on a daily basis will require a special kind of dedication, and with only 150 bound for our shores, you'd cry if it got damaged.