Audi has long been known for its rapid, sleek, sophisticated machines, and few cars better illustrate that than the RS7 Sportback, which is long, low, roomy and faaaast.
However, it isn’t alone. Until a few years ago, AMG was better known for taking humdrum Mercedes models and giving them a whole heap of extra blood and thunder. Now, it’s also making its own models, and the AMG GT 63S 4dr is a perfect foil for the Audi RS7 on the drag strip.
Check out the drag race by tapping on the video below.
Up front, the AMG has a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine, which can drive either all four wheels or just the two rears, depending on your desire to generate either forward motion or a whole lot of tyre smoke. That V8 produces a full 639hp and 900Nm of torque, which is enough to hurl the AMG to 62mph in 3.2 seconds, or perhaps to spin the world backwards should you hit a particularly grippy bit of Tarmac. All that oomph is transferred to the road through a nine-speed automatic gearbox.
Meanwhile, the RS7 matches the AMG by having a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 under its bonnet, but it can muster only a piffling 600hp and 800Nm of torque. Is that all? Must try harder, Audi.
Maybe it’s because the Audi costs ‘just’ the £97,000, whereas the AMG is £145,000. An extra £48,000 for 39hp? Maybe Audi has pulled a blinder after all.
There’s just 55kg between the cars, so this could be close.
Start the cars, and the AMG is noticeably the more vocal. Which of the two prevailed in our standing-start, roll-in, and emergency-stop shenanigans? Tap on the video for the full test.