It’s Mercedes versus BMW once again as both camps unleash 600 horsepower (plus…) super-sedans
There’s no end in sight as super-sedans grow both in size and strength, and price [That’s three things – strike one: Ed.], now well into the 600-horsepower range with their twin/turbocharged V8s and so much torque only all-wheel drive can put it down to the tarmac.
Over in the Stuttgart corner this week, or rather Mercedes-AMG’s exact home of Affalterbach, we have the new GT 4-door Coupe Edition One, which is a special order option for the 2019 model year that gets you the 630bhp 4.0-litre turbo V8, and a bunch of exterior and interior details to make it stand apart from the regular cars.
AMG7S Aerodynamic Package featuring splitters, spoilers and a diffuser comes included, and there are also matter grey racing stripes while a matching finish comes applied to the 21-inch cross-spoke wheels.
Inside it’s all about carbon fibre and lots of contrasting stitching, plus of course the obligatory Edition 1 badge.
Peaking at 5,500rpm with 900Nm available from 2,500rpm, the GT S Edition 1 reaches 100kph from rest in just over three seconds and tops out at 313kph.
The boys from Munich tried their best too, but the new BMW M5 Competition model runs out with a top speed of 304kph if you opt for the optional delimiter. Just launched with the first cars due to roll out by the end of the year, the M5 Competition produces 25bhp more than stock for a 625bhp total, and 750Nm of torque.
With all-wheel drive traction zero to 100kph comes up in 3.3 seconds, but BMWćs M department put precedent on handling with 7mm lower suspension, increased camber so it sits more aggressively, stiffer anti-roll bar, and finally 20-inch wheels over lightweight carbon-ceramic brakes.