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VIDEO: Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG Vs. S 65 AMG - You Wouldn't Believe Who Wins

Jim Kem June 23, 2015 17:14

If you pitted a 6.0-litre bi-turbo V12 against a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder motor and were asked to put a little wager down as to which would prove victorious in a quarter-mile (0.40km) drag race, which would you pick?

It seems like a foregone conclusion, doesn't it? Doesn’t more cylinders, more turbochargers, and larger displacement usually amount to a win? Most of the time, we suppose.

But this isn’t one of those times. What we have here are the Mercedes S 65 AMG versus a Mercedes GLA 45 AMG, fitted with the 6.0-litre V12 and 2.0-litre four-pot respectively. The biggest engine Mercedes-AMG offers versus the smallest.

On paper, the S 65 with its monstrous 620hp/1,000Nm output looks like it would demolish the GLA. Mind you, there's a reason why this motor is feared, as it's the most powerful 2.0-litre four-cylinder in the industry with an astonishing 360hp and 450Nm of torque.

Let’s talk about the underdog here, the GLA 45 AMG. It’s got a leg up on the S 65 brute in some key areas: weight, grip, and launch control. It weighs much less, has all-wheel drive grip from Merc’s 4Matic system, and crucially, launch control.

The S 65’s advantage lies just with its extra grunt, and without launch control will likely spin its wheels under than mountain of torque, potentially becoming more of a liability than an asset. 

Let’s see what happens. 


About Jim Kem

"So if I push my leg down on this lever-thing, I'll somehow go faster? Woah.". I was 10 years old, and hooked. I spent a lot of my youth sketching cars and perfecting my monthly dream garage within a daydream - occasionally interjected with a chase scene, obviously. Cars move me. Things I can't get enough of: Porsches and torque.


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