Usually testing cars on a quarter mile in typical UK weather isn’t advised. The point of comparing cars over a predetermined distance is to test their straight-line speed, and a massive part of that comes down to traction. When the test road/airstrip/drag strip is wet, it kind of defeats the object because putting down decent horsepower simply can’t happen. It is, of course, an amazing way to test drivetrains and the associated electronics that control them. Even with the best modern electronics, a wet test of a front-wheel drive car or a rear-wheel drive car is pretty pointless, but for an all-wheel drive system, it’s perfect. As it happens, the three Germans in this fight are all available with an all-wheel drive system in play, and seeing as they’re all range-toppers it's quite a fair fight. Sure, they’re not technically all in the same segment and the Audi entrant recently stopped production, but it does make for some great entertainment. Being thoroughbred VAG fanatics (mind outta gutter there, it stands for Volkswagen Automotive Group) our whole SXdrv betting kitty was bet on the Audi R8, so you’ll have to watch the associated video to see if we would lose everything or triple our kitty. This 3-way drag race stars the aforementioned Audi R8 in Spyder trim, the long and stylish BMW M8 cabriolet and the latest Mercedes-AMG SL63. While we love the Audi, it’s a choice that runs with our allegiance, but that new open-top SL 63 has to be one of the best-looking cars of its kind - ever.
Take a look at the YouTube video from a typically cold and wet UK runway where Mat Watson and the Carwow crew pit some open-top range-topping German sportscars against each other. Normally a wet drag race isn't an ideal setting, but in this case it's an even playing field for all the cars and it also perfectly shows how good the underpinnings of the cars are and how good the electronics and traction control systems are: New AMG SL 63 v BMW M8 v Audi R8: DRAG RACE | CarWow
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