Every time we see a German car going up against a British rival with slightly less power, we get that sinking feeling, like something bad, is going to happen. And the latest Top Gear drag race presents us with such a scenario, pitting a V12-powered Aston Martin DBS Superleggera against the top AMG model, a V8-powered GT R
Mercedes-AMG makes the 4-liter twin-turbo that goes into the regular DB11 and the Vantage. But here, we're dealing with the highly-modified V12 of British making. The Superleggera is supposed to compete with some of Ferrari's finest, the 812 Superfast. How badly do you want to see that drag race?
Anyway, the horsepower numbers still heavily favor the DBS. And don't get us wrong. Despite what happens in the drag race, it's the one we'd want. Not only does the 5.2-liter V12 make a fantastic sound while blasting up Goodwood, but it also delivers 725 HP, or 715bhp if you want to be British about it.
Couple that with 900 Nm (663 lb-ft) of torque and you'll get from 0 to 100 km/ in 3.4 seconds, as the numbers flashing in the video show. Meanwhile, AMG's best sports car only makes 585 HP and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft). Supposedly, it's 0.2 seconds slower to 100 km/h and has a lower top speed - 198mph (316km/h) vs. 211mph (339km/h).
But on the day of the race, the AMG had a better breakfast. Its two back wheels dig into the ground better than the overpowered DBS Superleggera. Of course, some people are going to hate this drag race video because it doesn't show if the AMG is consistently faster. These somewhat loose airfield surfaces are also less ideal than something like a drag strip.
Our say: There's something off about this race. Even though the Aston is slightly heavier, 140 more horsepower means it should have caught up. But the unexpected is always interesting.