Mercedes has a 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbocharged pack producing 6-horsepower (45 kW) and 626 pound-feet (850 Newton-meter) of torque. Power routes to all four wheels via a nine-speed gearbox with launch control. Jaguar uses a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 to produce 600 hp (447 kW) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque. The sedan has all-wheel drive and an eight-speed transmission that lacks launch control.
The first test was a drag race. While the Jaguar was away from the first line, the Mercedes, which is about 661 pounds (300 kg) heavier, quickly closed the gap and started pulling away before finishing first, though not by much. Mercedes finished the quarter-mile race in 11.2 seconds, while the Jaguar was hot on its heel in 11.3 seconds. Two rolling races won each car, with the Jaguars taking advantage of their high speed.
ultimate challenge Carwow Brake testing was done through two cars at 70 mph (112 kmph). Jaguar’s carbon-ceramic brakes helped stop it at a shorter distance than Mercedes’ steel brakes, but not too much, which makes you wonder if you consider the weight difference between the two. While the Jaguar Project 8 is a purpose-built car for the track, the Mercedes is a family wagon with all the luxury and technology, and both offer similar performance. Talk about a win for consumers.
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