As it turns out, Mercedes-AMG was indeed plotting an even more hardcore version of their GT supercar, as confirmed by the performance arm’s social media feeds. Prior to this, rumours of a return of a Black Series vehicle was fuelled by multiple outings of a camouflaged and heavily aero’d AMG GT at the Nurburgring circuit and the nearby roads.
However, this new car, due to unveiled officially at the Los Angeles Motor Show next week, will not see the resurrection of one of Affalterbach’s most memorable monikers with it the teaser photo being accompanied by the name GT Pro. While the implication that any owner of a GT produced prior to this were for mere amateurs is a little unkind, we’ll have to wait and see how the new car earns its stripes and unique name.
Perhaps Mercedes-AMG has taken a leaf out of Apple’s strategy for product nomenclature.
There’s precious little known about the GT Pro at this point, but one can assume there to be a significant upgrade in terms of on-track ability via an even more aggressive aerodynamics package and possibly some yet more drastic weight-shedding.
That said, the smart money, and the fact that the term ‘Pro’ could refer to a more unashamedly racing-oriented machine, one more faithful in philosophy to AMG’s full-bore GT3 or GT4 racing spec competition car.
Insofar as its powertrain is concerned, there’s only a faint chance that there will be any major changes made to its M178 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8. Perhaps a revised intake system and freer-breathing exhaust could contribute to more power and an edgier charactered motor than the GT R’s and its 430kW/700Nm, but we’re not expecting anything drastic.