We are certainly living in a crazy world these days. It’s a world where everyone’s talking about saving the planet and cutting down CO2 emissions and yet we still have wagons on sale with over 600 HP at the crank, capable of keeping up with supercars on the highway. The two best-known such models are, without a doubt, the Audi RS6 Avant and the Mercedes-AMG E63 S.
These two German Autobahn missiles have a long-standing tradition behind them, a sort of pedigree if you will, being known for their versatility and insane levels of performance. They also make SUVs like the Audi RS Q8 and Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S seem redundant and yet here we are. Nevertheless, we should be glad these monsters are still around and we can watch them race on a track, like in the video below.
The guys from Sport Auto took these two beasts to the Hockenheim-GP track, where they test most of their cars and tried to find out what kind of lap times they can deliver. A quick look at the spec sheet will tell you there’s one car here that has the edge from the get go. That’s the Mercedes-Benz as it comes with a 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 massaged to churn out 612 HP and 850 Nm of torque.
On the other side of the track we have the Audi RS6 Avant with an identical-sized engine, making 600 HP and 800 Nm of torque. Nevertheless, that’s not what made the difference here, if you ask me.
The main difference-makers were the tires, as the Audi RS6 Avant ran on Hankook Ventus S1 Evo rubber while the Merc had on Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. The Hankooks are great performance tires but they’re not as aggressive as the Pilot Sports, as they just aren’t designed to be. So the AMG had a distinct track advantage. Even so, there was only 0.6 seconds between them, a truly impressive result for the Audi, considering all the factors.