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Today we are bringing you another EV vs. combustion engine drag race courtesy of the carwow YouTube channel. The last time we saw a race like this was a Tesla Model 3 against a Mercedes AMG CLA. We could tell you the results, but we think you will have much more fun if you watch for yourself. Trust us when we say that it is an entertaining match-up.

This race features another combustion engine-powered car from Mercedes-AMG, but it is the new E 63 S sedan. The brand new Audi RS e-tron GT is on the EV side, which looks subtle but packs a punch. Which one of these cars will win the bragging rights in this drag strip face-off?

Audi RS e-tron GT

2022 Audi RS e-tron GT electric vehicle.
Audi RS e-tron GT | Audi

As previously mentioned, the electric vehicle du jour is the brand new Audi RS e-tron GT. The Audi RS e-tron GT is built on the same platform as the Porsche Taycan, so the dimensions and layout are similar. However, the Audi RS e-tron GT has much more subdued styling. The GT’s design language is similar to the Audi R8, which is why it may look familiar.

The “RS” version of the e-tron produces a “net” 590 horsepower but can push out up to 637 horsepower from its electric motors in an “overboost” launch mode. The RS e-tron GT is also packing 612 ft-lbs of torque. Altogether, the RS e-tron GT can get from 0- 60 mph in 3.1 seconds. That is a lot of “get up and go” in one electric vehicle.

Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 

2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S sedan parked on an open air strip.
2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S | Mercedes Benz

In the other lane of this battle is the 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S sedan. The E 63 S is the highest performance version of an E-class that consumers can currently buy right now. Next to a “regular” E-class, not a whole lot sets the AMG variant apart externally speaking. However, keen eyes will notice subtle differences like the wheels, the carbon fiber front spoiler, the rear spoiler, and the decorative carbon fiber pieces on the fenders.

Unlike the Audi RS e-tron GT, the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S is powered by that sweet, sweet dinosaur juice. Under the E 63’s hood is a 4.0 liter, twin-turbo V8 engine that makes 612 horsepower and 626 ft-lbs of torque. That figure puts the AMG above the Audi GT’s “regular” power but below its “overboost” power. The AMG sends its horses and torque to all four wheels just like the Audi. Mercedes-AMG claims the E 63 S can get to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds which is slightly slower than the Audi. However, the AMG might have the edge towards the second half of the race.

Audi RS e-tron GT vs. Mercedes-AMG E 63 S: who wins?

Now that we officially have the tale of the tape on both competitors, now would be the time to make predictions. The spec sheet favors the Audi RS e-tron GT, but specs do not always translate 100% in real-world situations. There is a chance that the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S may have a surprise or two for the Audi in the match-up. Though, we watched the video before writing this, so we already know what happens. We will not spoil the ending, but you will want to watch this race for yourself. It was a thoroughly enjoyable race to behold.


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