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Mercedes-AMG E63 vs. Nissan GT-R vs. Audi RS7: a Drag Race Full of Surprises

Long ago in a distant land, the masters at Nissan unleashed a terrible evil upon the land. It was called Godzilla, but we know it as the GT-R. For years, it foiled every contender foolish enough to challenge it to a drag race. But after countless battles among themselves, the German super-sedans are now able to fight back.
Mercedes-AMG E63 vs. Nissan GT-R vs. Audi RS7: a Drag Race Full of Surprises 5 photos
Mercedes-AMG E63 vs. Nissan GT-R vs. Audi RS7: a Drag Race Full of SurprisesMercedes-AMG E63 vs. Nissan GT-R vs. Audi RS7: a Drag Race Full of SurprisesMercedes-AMG E63 vs. Nissan GT-R vs. Audi RS7: a Drag Race Full of SurprisesMercedes-AMG E63 vs. Nissan GT-R vs. Audi RS7: a Drag Race Full of Surprises
With deliveries of the all-new BMW M5 still not happening, Top Gear had no choice but to pit the old Audi RS7 and the new Mercedes-AMG E63 S against the 2017 edition of the GT-R, which is the fastest one yet.

Looking at the specs, you would think that the RS7 doesn't stand a chance. Even with the performance pack, this 605 HP sports vehicle can only reach 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, compared to the Mercedes-AMG's 3.4 seconds.

Both cars have AWD and automatic gearboxes, but the AMG does better launches and packs about 15% more torque. However, all bets are off once the race starts as it's the RS7 that digs itself out of the hole faster.

It's neck-and-neck down the runway, but by the time they reach the quarter-mile market, the GT-R is ahead, followed by the E63 and the RS7 just behind it.

This is one of those rare drag races where the outcome is slightly irrelevant. You see, the GT-R is only about a Dacia Sandero's worth cheaper than the E63 S. And let's be serious here, which would you rather have?

The RS7 has never been all that popular, but it's now reaching the end of its life so there's little point to getting one... unless you love that machine gun exhaust sound, which we can totally understand. With a tune, any one of these cars could become faster in a quarter-mile race, but only the AMG has a rear-wheel drive mode that lets you drift. Also, it's got by far the best badge too.

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