Mercedes-Benz Cars will be making a big splash at the Los Angeles International Auto Show with the world premiere of two race cars: the Mercedes-AMG GTR Pro and Mercedes-AMG GT.
The limited-edition special AMG GT R Pro model was modified to deliver even more racetrack performance. This incorporated the findings from the company’s customer racing activities with AMG GT3 and AMG GT4 racing cars.
The update of the AMG GT series includes modifications to the exterior and interior that emphasize the close relationship to the 4-door AMG GT Coupé, Mercedes officials noted.
The race cars inspired the production of the two-door AMG GT sports car — the third entire vehicle to be developed by Mercedes-AMG directly. It combines the racing heritage of the two-door AMG GT sports car with the greatest possible everyday usability, offering space for up to five people, Mercedes notes.
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The Mercedes-AMG GT enjoyed a successful year on the racing circuit. It began its year with a win at the 24-hour race at Dubai, the performance brand from Affalterbach scored its second season win in the 12-hour race at Silverstone, the opening round of the 2018 24H GT Series European Championship.
But Mercedes is searching for wins in the showroom with the new version of the AMG GT. To that end, the new model offers two race-inspired powerplants: a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo in two output stages with 585 horsepower and 639 hp.
It also features 3.0-liter 6-cylinder inline engine with turbocharger and electric auxiliary compressor, available in two output stages with either 367 hp or 435 hp; EQ Boost starter-alternator delivering an additional 22 hp.
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The 48-volt on-board electrical system and the hybrid functions boost, recuperation, load-point shifting, gliding and engine restarting in conjunction with the ECO start/stop function. The company is introducing a couple of new vehicles to the U.S. public as well.
The new Mercedes-Benz GLE will celebrate its public premiere in the U.S. as well in Los Angeles. With its innovative 48 V suspension and the fully variable MATIC all-wheel drive available for the first time (from six-cylinder variants upwards).
It’s designed provide luxury comfort on tarmac, while retaining its off-road capabilities — a combination few brands present and is now standard for Mercedes.
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The new A-Class also takes a bow in the U.S. for the first time, marking the entry of Mercedes-Benz of America into a new market segment.