Mercedes-AMG G63 Drag Races Audi RS3 & Porsche Cayman GTS

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Does the boxy G63 stand a chance against a focused sports car and a hot hatch?

A lot of people talk about the Mercedes-Benz G-Class in one of two ways. Some go on about what a beast of an off-roader it can be with its ingot-like construction and trio of locking differentials. Then there are those who point out that many owners never take their G-Wagens off of paved roads and just use them as expensive, gas-guzzling ways to get to fancy department stores and brunch spots. Nobody ever seems to mention how quick the G-Class can be. In this Top Gear video, presenter Rory Reid does more than that. He shows how fast the Mercedes-AMG G63 is.

To do that, he pits it against the Audi RS3 and Porsche Cayman GTS. So it’s a sports car vs. a hot hatch vs. a steel cube on wheels. According to Reid, “It’s David and David versus Goliath.” Mercedes-AMG G63 Takes On Audi RS3 and Porsche Cayman GTS

All you have to do is look at the cars to see their most obvious advantage: weight. You can just tell. It didn’t take a steel plant’s entire annual output to make their bodies. The Cayman GTS tips the scales at 3,263 pounds (1,480 kilograms), making it the lightest of the bunch. The RS3 is slightly heavier at 3,351 pounds (1,520 kilograms). The G63? It’s within a few hundred pounds of three tons (5,644 pounds/2,560 kilograms). Mercedes-AMG G63 Takes On Audi RS3 and Porsche Cayman GTS

The Porsche and Audi also have aerodynamics on their side. Clearly. Their designers used something when they penned their lines. What are those things called? The things the G63 doesn’t seem to have at all? Oh yeah. Curves.

One thing the G63 does have is power. A completely unnecessary amount of it. Its twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 cranks out 577 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque, and puts its ample output to the ground through all four wheels. The Cayman GTS and all-wheel-drive RS3 may have less weight to tow around, but they’re also way down on firepower compared to the G. They’re armed with 360 horsepower/317 lb-ft and 395 horsepower/354 lb-ft, respectively. Mercedes-AMG G63 Takes On Audi RS3 and Porsche Cayman GTS

Once the checkered flag is waved, Reid puts his right foot down in the G63 and holds on tight. The G63 launches into a very early lead. Reid says, “Oh my God, that felt like I did a wheelie.”

Reid’s excitement is short lived. The RS3 catches up quickly, then starts to pass him. Ultimately, the Audi crosses the line before the AMG…which hits the same mark before the Porsche. As Reid puts it, “The driver’s car got dusted.” Mercedes-AMG G63 Takes On Audi RS3 and Porsche Cayman GTS

It’s official. The G63 is sports-car fast. Actually, it’s faster.

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Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. Last year, his profile of Wagonmaster, a business that restores Jeep Wagoneers, won prizes in TAWA’s signature writing contest and its pickup- and SUV-focused Texas Truck Invitational.

In addition to writing for a variety of Internet Brands sites, including and, Derek also contributes to other outlets. He started There Will Be Cars on Instagram and Facebook to get even more automotive content out to fellow enthusiasts.

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