Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the Jaguar XJ are two of the most luxurious passenger cars money can buy. With upscale luxury and unprecedented performance, they have been consistently sought after by car enthusiasts all over the world for the last 50 years, fueling an eternal rivalry. Is one better than the other or is the question obsolete? This is what we are here to find out.
For Mercedes-Benz, the Mercedes-Benz AMG® S 63 is not the flagship model of the S-Class name. Actually, there are two more above it, pushing the price up by more than 6-figures. In the case of the Jaguar, the XJR LWB is the top of the line. We doubt you will find anything wrong with the XJ, but if you want more performance than that, you must look to Mercedes-Benz.
2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG® S 63
2017 Jaguar XJR
|5.5L V8 biturbo||Engine||5.0L Supercharged V8|
|577 HP/664 lb-ft||Power||550 HP/502 lb-ft|
|4,806 lbs||Curb Weight||4,156 lbs|
|3.9 Seconds||0-60||4.4 Seconds|
To make the high amounts of power that both of these luxury full-size sedans are capable of, they rely on forced induction. By forcing more air pressure into the engine than it can do on its own, the explosive force of each piston grows exponentially. The difference between these two engines, besides the size, is how the extra pressure is forced though the engine.
In The Jaguar, you have a supercharger that makes power by pushing air through the intake. Traditionally, superchargers were more reliable and more responsive than turbochargers because they were directly connected with the engine via a belt. Today, systems like the Mercedes-Benz biturbo setup reign supreme because they offer more overall power, provide better gas mileage, and instantaneous response by sucking air through the exhaust manifold. Of course, both engines still come with more power than you could ever need, so the varying sound of each might be a factor in your purchasing decision. If you want to see how the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class owns the road, stop by Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale today to get behind the wheel.