David vs. Goliath Nurburgring Battle: Clio RS Hunts Down Mercedes-AMG E63 S

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Photo: Clio RS Hunts Down Mercedes-AMG E63 S on Nurburgring
Clio RS Hunts Down Mercedes-AMG E63 S on NurburgringClio RS Hunts Down Mercedes-AMG E63 S on NurburgringClio RS Hunts Down Mercedes-AMG E63 S on Nurburgring
If you happen to hit the Nurburgring during a Touristenfahrten (Tourist Days) session, prepare to come across all sorts of battles. Some of these Green Hell chases are more predictable than others and the one we're here to show you certainly belongs to the big-surprise category. That's because we're looking at a Renault Clio RS and a Mercedes-AMG E63 S duking it out on the infamous German track.
This David vs. Goliath brawl involves a current-generation Clio RS (the car doesn't pack the facelift introduced earlier this year, though), while the said Affalterbach machine belongs to the previous incarnation of the super-sedan.

Even so, we're looking at a hot hatch animated by a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine delivering no more than 200 hp, which runs with a four-door machine packing a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8. And since this is the S incarnation of the E63, we're looking at an overly meaty 585 hp, with the power being sent to all four wheels.

Despite the tons of differences between the two go-fast machines, the spicy subcompact manages to stay with the E63. And the secret behind this lies within the Ring experience packed by the Clio RS driver.

The aficionado has shared his Nordschleife adventures on YouTube on multiple occasions, knowing the circuit like the back of his hand.

We have to mention that the tech setup of the Clio RS helps this machine when it comes to being cast in the role of a giant hunter. With its predictable handling, the Frenchie allows the one behind the wheel to push the machine to the limit with confidence.

Nevertheless, as the tons of hot hatch accidents taking place on the Nurburgring show, a driver attempting this kind of spirited driving can't ignore the demons that come with any such track stint (we're looking at you, lift-off oversteer).

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