Mercedes-Benz E 63 S-AMG vs Holden HSV GTS by Drive

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The recently released S version of the Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG is pretty much like The Hulk receiving a steroid injection. The AMG-tuned 4Matic all-wheel drive system made the car more manageable and also gave it a supercar acceleration from a dead stop.
Unfortunately, when it comes to Australian shores, the new model suffers from two major drawbacks. First of all, since the Aussie version is right-hand drive, it doesn't come with the 4Matic system that's standard in Europe and the US, because it would probably cost too much to retool it the other way around.

Second of all, partly because of Australia's Luxury Car Tax and partly because of some other, obscure reasons, the Mercedes-Benz E 63 S-AMG costs a whooping quarter of a million AUS Dollars.

Its gigantic price down under made us wonder as to why did the nice chaps from Drive pitted the Teutonic muscle sedan against the AUS $95,490 Holden HSV GTS sedan. It hit us when comparing the specs on the two cars.

The HSV GTS and the E 63 S-AMG each have a 585 hp V8 engine – twin-turbocharged for the German and supercharged for the Aussie – the only exception from this point of view being the 800 Nm (590 lb ft) torque of the AMG being bigger than the HSV GTS' 740 Nm (546 lb ft).

Enough chit chat about the specs on paper and let's check out's full review, which includes an obligatory drag race between the two torque monsters.
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Alex handled his first real steering wheel at the age of five (on a field) and started practicing "Scandinavian Flicks" at 14 (on non-public gravel roads). Following his time at the University of Journalism, he landed his first real job at the local franchise of Top Gear magazine a few years before Mircea (Panait). Not long after, Alex entered the New Media realm with the project.
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