850hp Mercedes-AMG GT tears up 592hp BMW M3, fights with 911 and 720S
When it comes to drag racing, the problem with the Mercedes-AMG GT is that it was never designed to touch the shoulders of flagship supercars at the borderline performance of a hypercar. At least not until very recently with the debut of the AMG GT Black Series.
Going for the ‘non-S’ AMG GT means you’ll only have 469 hp (476 ps) and 465 lb-ft (630 nm) of torque, which is great if you want to drive a 911 Carrera, but a lot. less great if your opponent is a 911 Turbo S.
On paper, however, things were improving for the Merc. Thanks to the changes made by HPT (Horse Power Technicians), this particular AMG GT now develops 850 horsepower and reached 181.6 mph (292.26 km / h) during these races. As it turned out, that was enough to defeat an M2, Audi RS3 and tuned BMW M3 that produced 592 hp.
In the end, we had two clear losses and one unknown result. The HPT-powered AMG GT lost to a Porsche 911 Turbo S (probably stock, but we can’t be sure), and it also lost to a McLaren 720S where it actually fought well, but once got up to speed, the McLaren’s superior aerodynamics took over.
Mercedes also drove a Nissan GT-R, but it’s really hard to say who won.