V8 Drag Race: Dodge Charger Redeye Vs. Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon

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797 hp of American muscle up against a German all-wheel-drive sledgehammer.

With a claimed 0-60-mph time of 3.4 seconds, you wouldn't describe the Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon as a slow car. Far from it, in fact. The 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 is good for 603 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque, blitzing the luxurious family hauler on to a top speed of 180 mph.

Should you find yourself behind the wheel of Affalterbach's crazy wagon, it's unlikely that something more powerful should roll up next to you at the lights. But what if you're up against the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye? With 797 hp and 707 lb-ft of torque, this could be interesting.

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The special Charger is even more powerful than Italian exotica such as the Lamborghini Aventador S, something that costs nearly five times as much.

With a notable power advantage over the AMG, the Redeye is the most obvious contender for first place. Then again, the Mercedes boasts an all-wheel-drive system, allowing it to gain a headstart as the rear-wheel-drive Dodge struggles to gain traction. Evening the scales is the fact that the luxury wagon is slightly heavier than the American brute.

The two V8 monsters thunder down the (unprepared) drag strip, their V8 motors emitting the most glorious exhaust notes. The more subdued E63 has a more sophisticated growl, crackling slightly at higher revs. The Redeye, on the other hand, is raw and visceral, the magnificent bellow in harmony with the whining supercharger.

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Doing four runs from a rolling 31 mph start, the immensely powerful Charger clinches victory in three of the four races, losing out to the Mercedes when the rear-wheel-driven sedan struggled to gain traction.

In the interests of fairness, the duo decides to launch the vehicles from a standing start. This gives the E63 S wagon an advantage, the 4Matic+ system ricocheting it down the runway with gusto. Does it, however, gain enough of a lead to keep the Charger Redeye at bay? Absolutely - the poor Charger is barely seen. If you enjoy watching this car lose, watch it take on the BMW M5 CS for even more humiliation.

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