In this quarter-mile contest of traction, acceleration, and speed, two German-built cars vie for bragging rights. The Porsche utilizes a naturally aspirated and horizontally opposed 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine, combined with a seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission, to handle 430-horsepower and a 0 to 60 time of 3.8-seconds. The Mercedes-Benz opts for a massive twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 503-horsepower and can propel the coupe from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7-seconds.
The Porsche takes advantage of its 200-pound weight advantage to gain the hole-shot and it seems poised to whip the Mercedes-Benz in the quarter-mille. Suddenly, near the end of the contest, the AMG proves that there is no substitute for cubic inches (especially when they are forced air inducted) taking the lead and never looking back. The Porsche finishes with a 12.3-second pass, while the Mercedes-Benz lays down a time of 11.8-seconds.