CLS55 AMG Beats a Camaro ZL1 Down the Drag Strip

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Watch this 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS55 AMG beat a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in a quarter-mile drag race.

This drag race between a 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS55 AMG and a 5th generation Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 was originally shared to the forum by MBWorld member 1SickCLS from the YouTube channel of Kevin Berthelot. Most people would expect that the supercharged muscle car would be able to easily beat the sleek luxury sedan, but with a better launch and plenty of power on the top end – the big Benz beats the blown Camaro.

The Competitors

The 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS55 AMG is powered by a supercharged 5.4L V8, which in stock form delivers 469 horsepower and 516lb-ft of torque. The AMG does have an upgraded heat exchanger and pump system, along with an exhaust system without the factory resonators, but nothing has been done to add a significant amount of power.

The 5th gen Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is powered by the supercharged 6.2L LSA V8, which provides 580 horsepower and 556lb-ft of torque via a manual transmission. There are no details on this particular Camaro ZL1, but we would guess that it is stock or near-stock.

CLS55 beating a Camaro ZL1

The Race

The quarter mile battle between the 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS55 AMG and the Camaro ZL1 is captured from a rear-facing GoPro on the Mercedes. The race begins right away and within a few seconds, the Camaro comes into view as the CLS55 pulls to an early lead. The Mercedes continues to pull away until half-track or so, at which point the Camaro manages to stay within a few car-lengths of the AMG sedan.

Really, this comes down to the CLS55 getting off of the starting line better, but even on the top end, the supercharged muscle car isn’t closing the gap.

Longtime auto journalist Patrick Rall contributes to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Rennlist, Club Lexus, F-150 Online, and YotaTech.

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