Mercedes is celebrating the tenth anniversary of their customer racing program by unveiling an updated version of the GT4 race car.
Looking instantly recognizable, the GT4 has been given a minor facelift that includes a revised hood and new lighting units. In particular, Mercedes says the new LED headlights provide “considerably better illumination of the track.”
Bigger changes occur beneath the skin as engineers focused on improving the car’s performance. The brakes were given a lot of attention as the model features new carbon fiber brake air ducts, larger brake air inlets and bigger brake lines. There’s also improved heat protection, optimized brake caliper adapters and better air flow. All these changes promise to improve brake cooling which is critical for endurance racing.
Speaking of the brakes, the car has been equipped with a larger brake fluid tank and newly developed front discs. The latter promise better reliability and longevity.
Elsewhere, Mercedes installed an upgraded oil cooler and modified rear track rods that are similar to those used on the new GT3. They promise “significantly extended longevity.”
Power comes from a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces up to 469 hp (350 kW / 476 PS) and 465 lb-ft (630 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a six-speed sequential transmission which enables the car to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in less than four seconds. The model can also hit a top speed in excess of 155 mph (250 km/h).
The updated Mercedes-AMG GT4 is currently available to order and the first deliveries are slated to occur later this month. Pricing starts at €209,000 ($236,684 / £182,762), but owners of the current car can purchase a “cost-effective update package.”
Speaking of the original model, the car was launched in 2018 and Mercedes has delivered more than 120 units. They’ve found plenty of success on the track as the GT4 has racked up 137 podium finishes, 151 class wins and 53 overall wins.