Seven minutes go by rather quickly in Affalterbach's new top dog.
When Mercedes lifted the veil off the new AMG GT R Pro at the LA Auto Show last week, it said the new track-tuned, racing-striped sports car could hustle around the Nürburgring Nordschleife in just 7:04.632, cutting over five seconds off the existing GT R's lap time. Though we had no reason to doubt it, we could only take the German automaker at its word at the time. But now it's released video footage to back up its claim, and boy does it look smooth – which, as anyone who's ever driven on track could tell you, means "fast."
The new top version of AMG's flagship sports car, the Pro model packs the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 as the "standard" GT R, producing the same 577 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. But it's been further enhanced with a stiffer, more adjustable suspension, along with more extensive use of carbon-fiber, its own set of lightweight forged alloys, and more aggressive aero for additional downforce and better balance at speed. The result, aside from that blitzkreig Nordschleife lap time, is a 3.5-second 0-60 mph time and a 198-mph top speed. And that, in turn, makes it the most extreme track tool AMG has made yet.
That's quite the crown, considering what the boys in Affalterbach have made in years past. But it may not be top dog for long, though. They're still said to be working on an even more extreme Black Series version, and the forthcoming AMG One hypercar promises to blow the doors off not just everything that's ever worn the Silver Star before, but anything the industry has ever produced. And we're looking forward to seeing what those two highly anticipated new performance machines will be able to do in the right hands at the Green Hell as well.