One of the most radical English cars takes on one of the most powerful German station wagons on the market, the Mercedes-AMG E63s. Power and comfort or power and radicalism, which is faster?
That's a pretty interesting fight. Who of the radical Englishwoman or the German super-break can go faster? On paper, things seem rather balanced. The Jaguar has a few fewer horses, but its size, aerodynamics and less weight could allow it to claim victory. On the other hand, the German could be handicapped by her size and weight, but she has a few extra horses and a "launch control" to try to compensate.
The Mercedes is equipped with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 developing 612 horsepower and 850 Nm of maximum torque. Power is channeled to all four wheels via a nine-speed gearbox that features a “Launch control” mode. The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 uses a compressed 5.0-liter V8 that develops 600 horsepower and 700 Nm of maximum torque. For the sedan across the Channel, it is an 8-speed automatic gearbox that operates with the engine and directs the power to the four-wheel drive. However, there is no “Launch control”.
As usual with our colleagues at Carwow, the first event is a straight line race with a standing start. While the Jaguar was the first to leap from the starting line, the Mercedes weighing nearly 300kg more quickly closed the gap and started to take the lead. She comes first, but not by much. The Mercedes finished the race in 11.2 seconds while the Jaguar clocked 11.3 seconds. The two races with a rolling start gave the victory to the British sedan, which took advantage of its higher top speed.
The last challenge Carwow gave to both cars was a 112 km / h brake test. The Jaguar's carbon-ceramic brakes helped it stop a slightly shorter distance than the steel brakes on the Mercedes, but by very little, which is surprising considering the difference in weight. between the two.
While the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is a car specially designed for the track, the Mercedes is a wagon with all the luxury and technology to go with it. We would still give the victory to the German since the little difference in performance does not justify the difference in comfort between the two cars. We can still hang on to the demonic noise of the Jaguar to make the E63s pale.