C8 Corvette Convertible Drag Races Mercedes-AMG GT R, Gap Is Deceiving

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These days, getting behind the wheel of a supercar can easily be done by renting one, but what if (as you would when buying the thing) there are budget limitations? Let's say that you can't spend more than $1,000 (hey, it's a nicely rounded number) on a one-day adventure. What would you get, a C8 Corvette Convertible or a Mercedes-AMG GT R?
Arguably, the two models we're discussing don't belong to the said genre, but this is another story for another time. For now, let's stick to the said question, one whose answer doesn't come easy.

The best way to pick one would involve comparing the driving experiences delivered by the machines, and there are plenty of variables to take into account, such as the coupe-vs-convertible nature of this confrontation. Still, what if there was a quicker way to decide, say, a drag race?

If only we had a piece of footage showcasing a stock C8 droptop and an also-factory-spec GT R... Luckily, this is precisely what the clip at the bottom of the story comes to show.

Staying true to the Drag Times name of his channel, YouTuber Brooks pitted the two rental cars against each other in a multi-race battle involving mostly standing starts but also a few rolling adventures.

Sure, there are more tame versions of the Mercedes-AMG GT that would make for a closer match to the Corvette Stingray, the only C8 model available so far, both in terms of pricing and power-to-weight ratio. Then again, with its mid-engined layout, the Chevy benefits from a serious weight distribution asset for the launch.

Just how much of a difference does the said midship configuration make? What if the German missile gets a bit of a head start? These are just some of the questions whose answers can be found at the 6:20 timestamp.

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