The latest episode of EVO’s Track Battle pits the Jaguar XKR-S against the Mercedes SL 63 AMG. The two performance-oriented convertibles together produce more than 1,000 horsepower, which is a good enough reason to try them out.
EVO’s Jethro Bovingdon tested both cars on the Bedford circuit in the UK and found out they are pretty different monsters.
Powered by a 530hp 5.5-liter biturbo V8 engine, the SL 63 AMG does not feel quite at home on the racetrack. Its enormous amount of torque (590 lb-ft or 800 Nm) spins the rear wheels out of traction when throttle is applied, making neat, tidy laps a hard thing to accomplish.
On the other hand, the Jaguar XKR-S feels completely different from the SL 63 AMG, as it has more body roll and struggles even more with traction. Powered by a 550hp 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine that produces 501 lb-ft (680Nm), the Jag loves oversteering at all times and feels heavier under braking than the Mercedes.
Head past the break to see which car posted the fastest lap.
By Dan Mihalascu