E63 S Estate Gives Jaguar’s SVR Team a Royal Beating
Carwow’s latest drag race shows that the best way to beat an SVR Jaguar is to get a family wagon.
AMG has been giving other car companies a tough time lately. Specifically with their E63s models. The sedan is a thunderous monster, but more impressively, they offer it in a family station wagon, and that’s the kind of AMG madness that warms our hearts.
Carwow decided to take this all-capable AMG and pin it against an unlikely competitor – Jaguar’s SVR F-type. One vehicle can haul just two people, while the other can haul many more, plus luggage. It’s a silly premise for a test, but one with a surprising result.
AMG’s engineers have extracted an enormous amount of power out of the 4.0 liter twin turbo V8. Output is rated at 612 hp and 590 lb/ft of torque. Compare that to Jaguar’s supercharged 5.0 V8, which is good for 575 horsepower, and about 520 lb/ft of twist. Both cars are equalized when it comes to the driveline, as all-wheel-drive is deployed on each car. Jaguar doesn’t use launch control, which seems like a disadvantage, but does make up for it with a significant weight savings.
Although the AMG pays that penalty in weight, it seems to outperform the Jaguar regardless of the test. A standing start drag race was close, with the Mercedes able to get to the quarter-mile mark just one-tenth ahead of the SVR Jaguar. A rolling race was even more in favor of the German, with the car simply responding quicker to a throttle input. Even in braking, the AMG came away the victor.
If there’s anything to learn here, it’s that AMG’s designers have come up with a family hauler that can beat Britain’s best efforts at a sports coupe. So if you’re in the market for a Jaguar F-type, you might want to consider all of your options.