850 HP Showdown on a Russian Drag Strip: Mercedes E63 AMG vs Corvette ZR1

Say what you want about Russians but when it comes to drag racing extremely powerful cars, the richer part of the country knows what it’s doing. Sure, this kind of events are reserved for the super rich but everyone can enjoy them with the help of Youtube.
Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 4Matic vs Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 1 photo
Photo: Screenshot from Youtube
Emblematic in this regard is the DragTimes Info channel that has been offering us some of the craziest footage ever recorded on drag strips around the world, including some 2000 HP Lambos and 1500 HP GT-Rs.

Now we’re taking a look at a contest between some German engineering against American muscle. The cars in this video are not your ordinary daily drivers as their owners wanted to squeeze every possible bit of performance out of their engine bays.

First, the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG takes on one of its rivals from Germany, a BMW. The M6 Coupe might not be exactly the one to go up against a mid-size sedan like the E-Class but it does have the same engine as the car that should’ve done that, the M5. However, the stock numbers are gone from the picture in both cases.

While the M6 should’ve had 560 HP coming out of the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 under the bonnet, thanks to a PP-Performance Stage 2 tune it went up to 720 HP. On the other hand, it’s rear wheel drive and the car it’s going up against has more power and it’s a 4Matic. That means it has all-wheel drive, if you’re not familiar with Merc talk.

At the same time, the 5.5-liter V8 engine was taken from its standard 557 HP to 850 HP due to the Renntech Stage VIP kit it received not too long ago. That’s the recipe for madness and breathtaking acceleration right there.

After dealing with the BMW, the 850 HP E63 took on an Audi TT RS with 530 HP from Revo Technik’s Stage 3 kit that put up a better fight apparently and a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 with 850 HP thanks to IPS Motorsports.

The latter was the closest battle by far but the limited traction over the rear wheels ruined the contest for the American muscle car. German engineering wins again!

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