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Mercedes AMG GT Black Series Prototype Sounds Vicious At The 'Ring

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Hosts Jonny Lieberman and Randy Pobst pit two GTRs against each other in the latest episode of Head 2 Head. The Mercedes-AMG GT R and the Nissan GT-R Nismo have the same name and actually share a lot in common. Both have front-mounted V-configuration engines, both are twin-turbo, both have similar horsepower ratings, one is a 3.8-liter and the other a 4.0-liter, and both send power through a dual-clutch transaxle. The main differences are the AMG’s rear-wheel-drive set-up versus the Nissan’s all-wheel-drive system, Mercedes’ all-wheel steering versus the Nismo’s two-wheel steering, the AMG’s race compound tires versus the Nissan’s street tires, and the AMG GT R is 200 pounds slimmer.

The GT-R Nismo packs a 600-hp, 481-lb-ft 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 backed by a six-speed dual-clutch automatic while the AMG GT R comes powered by 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 that produces 577 hp and 516 lb-ft that is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The Japanese GT-R was quicker to 60 mph and hit the quarter-mile first, but the German GT R out-braked the Nismo from 60 mph by 8 feet.

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Driving around some twisty canyon roads, the hosts quickly realize how fast the Nissan still is over any pavement: “as fast an anything down a winding and bumpy road,” says Randy. “The Nissan can change direction like no other car in the world.” The hosts agree that the GT-R’s all-wheel-drive system is still one of the best in the industry and the supercar feels more solid with better ride comfort than ever before. However, the brakes are not strong and, in general, the GT-R feels numb–not what a supercar should feel like.

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