Automotive performance can be a tricky subject when there are so many variables between vehicles. Especially when dealing with the world's best examples of performance vehicles, the stress of investing your money in the right place is very real. In the case of the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S vs the 2016 Audi R8, a commitment to the wrong car could spiral into a lifetime of headaches.
The biggest difference between these two super cars is how they are powered. The Audi R8, true to tradition, features a monstrous V10 engine that revs past 8,000 RPMs and holds almost 9 quarts of oil. Unlike the R8, the GT S features a 4.0-liter biturbo V8. The use of turbocharging systems helps Mercedes-Benz achieve high output without large displacement, providing a lower curb weight and more stability as a result. Additionally, the GT S uses a brand new engine known as the Hot Inside V engine. By placing the turbochargers at the engines center of gravity, the GT S is one of the most perfectly balanced sports cars of the century.
Motor Trend Best Driver's Car
We won't sit here and tell you the GT S is faster than the R8, because it's not. Both in terms of horsepower and acceleration, the R8 has better ratings. The basis of our argument, however, is that the extra performance is not worth the arm and leg that it will cost you. If you want the V10 Plus, make that two arms and legs for a performance increase of a very small percent. Another basis of our argument is that when we are talking about more than 500 horsepower, there is definitely such a thing as too much. The GT S actually dropped in horsepower from 2015 to 2016 because it's perfect balance proved to be more of an advantage than excessive power. This crucial difference is what led Motor Trend to choose the GT S as the Best Driver's Car of 2015. If you have any questions about the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GT S, contact us today at Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale for a test drive!