Back when the AMG brand wasn’t fully integrated into the automaker’s lineup, Mercedes-Benz used to have the SLS to challenge the big boys in the supercar segment.
Although it was a hit with customers, the SLS was eventually retired and the smaller and less powerful AMG GT became Merc’s top sports model.
Since its introduction in late 2014, the GT family has grown, and it includes the ‘R’, the range-topping member until an even faster, yet still unknown, derivative arrives.
With 585PS (577hp / 430kW) and 700Nm (516lb-ft) of torque, the Mercedes-AMG GT R needs just 3.6 seconds for the 0-100km/h (0-62mph) sprint and maxes out at 316km/h (198mph). This technically places it in the same pit as the Lamborghini Huracan, although the Italian machine is a little more powerful and quicker.
Unlike the GT R’s modern twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, the baby Lambo uses a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 that churns out 610PS (601hp / 449kW) and 560Nm (413lb-ft) of torque and is mated to an all-wheel drive system. Thus, the naught to 100km/h (0-62mph) acceleration is completed in just 3.2 seconds, and the Huracan LP610-4 can reach a top speed of 325km/h (201mph).
So, now that we’ve covered the basis of both cars, it’s time to see which one’s faster on the drag strip. For this, the GT R and the Huracan were raced against each other, both from a standing and a rolling start. And if you think you already know who wins, well, the results might surprise you.