After vanquishing the 808 HP Challenger SRT Demon and the 760 HP Shelby GT500 to establish the eighth-generation Corvette as the holeshot king of the RWD American performance landscape, Throttle House, who we are just going to start calling the best automotive channel on YouTube, is continuing to take advantage of their time with the newest ‘Vette in their possession. This time, they brought along two twin-turbo, AWD Axis powers to attempt to serve the mid-engine upstart some humble pie using the potent drag weapon of superior traction.
The four-corner powered foes that Throttle House chose to take on the Z51 Stingray are the aging, but still brutally quick Nissan GT-R, from the Land of the Rising Sun, and, hailing from Deutschland, the car that the hosts call, “the best sedan in the world,” the [deep breath] Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé.
The deep blue Nissan is motivated by a 3.8L V6 with parallel Ishikawajima-Harima (IHI) turbochargers that help it reach a top horsepower figure of 565. Coupled with the all-wheel-drive system and a quick-shifting, six-speed dual-clutch transmission, “Godzilla” is good for sub-three second sprints to 60 all day long.
The four-door version of AMG’s flagship supercar brings a best-in-test (and likely underrated) 630 ponies into the ring. Its aluminum, 4.0 liter (actually 3.982) V8 is also force fed by a pair of turbos which result in a staggering 664 lb-ft of twist. Because of the excess of torque, it uses a traditional, 9-speed automatic gearbox and is rated as a dead ringer for the C8 and GT-R to 60 MPH.
Even with HP advantages of 70 and 135(!), respectively, neither of the Corvette’s adversaries in this test are quite as beach ready. Godzilla, never known for his physique, tips the scales at 3,933 lbs., 300 heftier than America’s sports car, while the AMG carries a staggering 4,682 lbs., or a C8 plus a half of a ton.
Unlike past tests where TH has attempted to keep the MSRP’s close, our domestic hero really flexes its value muscles in this test. With a base price around $60k and an estimated as tested price of $85,000, the Corvette looks like an absolute steal next to the $160,000 base AMG. Even the R35 GT-R, that won Motor Trend’s coveted Car of the Year award in its inaugural year on sale, over a decade ago, in 2009 (though, if you read that link, we think it’s pretty obvious that the C6 ZR1 was more deserving), on the back of a startlingly low, $77,840 MSRP, has ballooned in price to anywhere between $115,335 and $212,535, depending on trim level.
How does all of this information manifest itself in drag and roll races? Are we making excuses for our blog’s namesake automobile? Is it all misdirection? Watch the video to find out, and get your popcorn ready because you are in for a wild and entertaining seven minutes!
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