2018 Merc-AMG E 63 S bares its fangs at the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V

Motor Trend plays the referee in this head-to-head video

The car world isn’t short of super-sedans, with such performance contraptions popping up like mushrooms in every respectable carmaker’s range. But this one is about Germany vs America. More exactly, Mercedes-AMG E 63 S vs Cadillac CTS-V.

Now that we’ve named today’s four-door sedan contestants, let’s run through the usual spec battle before getting to the rear deal – which is Motor Trend’s video below. Between them, the Merc-AMG E 63 S and Cadillac CTS-V share north of 1,200 hp. Allow us to detail.

The German relies on a 4-liter twin-turbo V8 making 603 hp at 5,750 rpm and 627 lb-ft at 2,500 rpm managed by a nine-speed auto gearbox. The American isn’t shedding its true origin and employs a 6.2-liter V8 cranking out 640 hp at 6,400 rpm and 630 lb-ft at 3,600 rpm held in check by an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Do we hear a price-related question? Sure, let’s talk turkey: the CTS-V starts at $85,990 while the E 63 S can be had for at least $105,395. So, the American is cheaper and has more resources at its disposal. However, it is RWD, while the German uses Mercedes-Benz’s fancy-schmancy 4Matic+ AWD setup. On that note, you’re now ready to find out how these two heavy hitters fare against each other on the road, drag strip and circuit.

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