Mercedes-AMG GT S vs. Porsche 911 Turbo Side - Comparison #1

Mercedes-AMG GT S vs. Porsche 911 Turbo
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Comparison illustrates design differences and should not be used or understood as a contrasting of advantages of one model over another. Lighting, shooting angle and other factors may affect the appearance of the model.

AMG GT S versus 911 Turbo

When it comes to comparing Porsche 911 with other models general rule of thumb dictates that you simply can't compare it to any other sports car because of its uniqueness in design and engine placement.

But then things are boring when you don't compare cars, especially when Mercedes-AMG launches a model specifically to rival against the 911. So here they are, two model with complete opposite placements of engines (check out the drivetrain comparison):

Mercedes-AMG GT S is powered by 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, which is placed behind the front axle and produces 503 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. Porsche 911 Turbo, on the other hand, has its 3.8-liter 6-cylinder bi-turbo engine - which produces 540 horsepower (580 hp for Turbo S) - placed behind the rear axle.

Shapes of the two supercars are incomparable, although rear-end designs resemble some similarities in their tail-light styling. Interior of the 911 Turbo looks humble, as it's meant to be, compared to the AMG GT S, which has a rather futuristic interior design.

So is the AMG GT S comparable to the 911 Turbo? Apparently not yet, as it has to get some more muscle to be able to beat 911 Turbo's 3.0 second 0 to 60 mph sprint time. Mercedes-AMG GT S reaches 60 mph from standstill in 3.7 seconds, which is more of a 911 GTS territory. Porsche 911 Turbo is priced from $159,200 in the US, which is around $30k over AMG GT S' starting price.

Verdict: until a more powerful version of the Mercedes-AMG GT S comes out, compare it to a Porsche 911 GTS, which is a better fit for the competition, both price- and performance-wise.

Specification Comparison

2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT2016 Porsche 911
Configuration
TrimS Coupe
  • Carrera 4 Black Edition Coupe
  • Carrera 4 Coupe
  • Carrera 4 GTS Coupe
  • Carrera 4S Coupe
  • Carrera Black Edition Coupe
  • Carrera Coupe
  • Carrera GTS Coupe
  • Carrera S Coupe
  • Targa 4 Coupe
  • Targa 4 GTS Coupe
  • Targa 4S Coupe
  • Turbo Coupe
  • Turbo S Coupe
Price
MSRP$129,900$84,300 - $182,700
Powertrain
Engine4.0L V-8 Twin-Turbo
  • 3.4L Flat-6
  • 3.8L Flat-6
  • 3.8L Flat-6 Twin-Turbo
Power503 hp350 - 560 hp
Torque479 lb-ft287 - 516 lb-ft
Transmission7-Speed Automatic
  • 7-Speed Automatic
  • 7-Speed Manual
DrivetrainRear Wheel Drive
  • All Wheel Drive
  • Rear Wheel Drive
Performance
0 to 60 mph3.7 sec2.9 - 5.0 sec
Fuel Consumption
MPG (City / Comb. / Hw.)16 / 18 / 22 17 - 19 / 20 - 22 / 24 - 27
Tank Capacity19.8 gal16.9 - 18.0 gal
Exterior Dimensions
Width81.7 in77.9 in
Width w/o Mirrors76.3 in71.2 - 74.0 in
Length179.0 in176.8 - 177.5 in
Height50.7 in50.8 - 51.3 in
Wheelbase103.5 in96.5 in
Interior Dimensions
First Row Head Room39.5 in-

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