Mercedes-AMG G63 drag race: team Mat vs team Yianni

It’s a drag race with a difference, as we stage a Mercedes-AMG G63 showdown. The deciding factor here, though, won’t be the cars – it’ll be the drivers, as Mat and his girlfriend, Jo, go head-to-head against Yianni and his wife, Stephanie.

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In the red corner, we have Mat’s long-termer Mercedes-AMG G63. In the black corner, we have Yianni’s own G63, suitably Yiannimize’d with a full Urban bodykit and gigantic wheels. Both are powered by the same twin-turbo, 4.0-litre V8 engine producing 585hp and 850Nm of torque.

This is actually quite an interesting race. The cars are identical, but that doesn’t mean they are equally fast. In drag racing, it all comes down to the driver’s reactions. And in that regard, Mat and Yianni are pretty evenly matched. Which must be frustrating when you’re as competitive as they are.

So, to settle the matter, we asked Mat’s girlfriend, Jo, and Yianni’s wife, Stephanie, to get behind the wheel. Both are drag racing novices so this is also a test of Mat and Yianni’s coaching abilities.

We’ve seen time and again that the driver can be the difference in which car wins a drag race. And that could be truer than ever here, with our newbie drivers. It really is anyone’s guess who will win.

(We’ve got a side bet that Mat and Yianni will be out of a job after this, as well!)