Merc is bringing a new track weapon, the AMG GT2 Pro
Mercedes-AMG has been a hot topic of debate over the last year, with their 2.0-litre motor finding its way into almost everything. But with the track in mind, they are continuing to surprise us by producing some seriously powerful machines. The latest is the AMG GT2 Pro.
We first saw the AMG GT2 last year, but it seems that AMG wanted more from their track-day product, leaving us with this, the new GT2 Pro. It has more power and less downforce, meaning this machine ought to be wild in the corners and potent in the straights.
The AMG GT2 Pro achieves 552kW, including a 'Push to Pass' feature for temporary power boosts. Without the increase from the ‘Push to Pass', the 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 makes a still-healthy 520kW; similar to the standard GT2.
The Mercedes-AMG GT2 Pro also comes with a 6-speed sequential gearbox with modified ratios to better suit the GT2 Pro's power. Even the shocks come with four-way adjustable dampers, as opposed to the three-way kits in the GT2, to further dial the car in for a specific event.
One element of this car that leaves me scratching my head is the fact that it will be a non-homologated unit. This means that it will not be allowed to race in competitions and will be used for pretty much only private track days and AMG track events. If you do want to compete, AMG has stated that the car can be reverted to the original GT2 if need be.
It is a beautiful piece of kit with a striking light blue, silver, and black hue, a massive rear wing, and an aggressive front end. It comes in at a whopping R9.5 million, or R1,400,000 more than the GT2. It is a remarkable achievement in car building; it's just a shame that they will most likely end up in a collection somewhere and rarely, if ever, be driven.