Watch a Porsche 911 GT3 take on a Range Rover Sport SVR and a Mercedes-Benz CLS500 in a quarter-mile drag race.
This is a weird matchup. We have a Porsche sports car versus a supercharged SUV and a luxury sedan. Not exactly what we’d consider fair, either.
Let’s start with the Porsche. As a 911 GT3 of the 991.2 generation, it comes with a 4.0-L flat 6-cylinder with 493 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque. Power goes to either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, but judging by the way this car shudders during a shift, we’re guessing it’s the 6-speed manual version. That makes its acceleration time a bit slower at 3.9 seconds from zero to sixty, but it also makes the car lighter at 3,118 lbs. Top speed is the fastest of the three at 198 mph.
Next up is the Mercedes CLS500. This car was never really intended for drag racing, although it does have a big V8 engine which always helps. Power is rated at 402 horses and 443 lb-ft of torque, with a 9-speed automatic feeding all four wheels. Zero to sixty isn’t exactly quick at 5.1 seconds, and top speed is limited to 155 mph.
It’s also a big, heavy sedan at just over 4,180 lbs.
We’re not expecting much from the Merc. But the Range Rover Sport SVR might put up a bit of a fight. This big SUV has the most power of the bunch thanks to a supercharged 5.0-L V8 engine producing 550 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is done in 4.5 seconds on its way to a theoretical top speed of 162 mph. It also has all-wheel-drive, but it weighs well over 4,700 lbs.
Of the three, we really have to give it to the Porsche, but all-wheel-drive vehicles can always surprise in a drag race. Driver error is also a thing that has to be considered when the Porsche is a manual too.
Check out the video above and see how this Porsche stacks up.