SLR McLaren vs SL 65 AMG vs Bird - Two of Them Lose Badly

If you are a bit squeamish you might want to skip clicking the play button on the following drag racing video, as it involves a small bird getting hit by a speeding Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG and most definitely not surviving the impact.
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Photo: GTBoard/YouTube
Getting past the downright disgusting laughter that Gustav from GTBoard exhibited after hitting the bird, it seems that the Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Roadster from which the video is being shot wasn't having the best day either, as the beast of an engine upfront wasn't 100 percent working properly.

Nevertheless, what appears as a stock Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is simply flying past the SL 65 AMG in the drag, despite the race being from a roll.

Powered by a Messerschmidt-sounding 5.4-liter supercharged engine, the long-hooded Anglo-German supercar develops 626 hp and a massive 780 Nm (575 lb ft) of torque, helping it achieve 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standing start in just 3.8 seconds, onwards to an electronically-limited speed of 335 km/h (208 mph).

The video uploader didn't specify what SL 65 AMG model we're talking about in the video, but we have a feeling it is the older R230 generation of the car, which would mean that on a good day its twin-turbocharged six-liter V12 develops 612 hp and an electronically-limited torque of 1,000 Nm (738 lb ft).

If the car would have worked the way that it did when it left the factory, the SLR McLaren might have actually had a competitor instead of a rather slow bird killer.

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About the author: Alex Oagana
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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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