The Porsche Panamera Turbo takes on the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4-Door Coupe on the racetrack

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The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe came to shatter the world of Porsche Panamera. Now the top variants get to meet on the racetrack.

It has been a short rivalry, since the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in the early spring of 2018. But since that moment on, it has been quite a war from afar.

In December 2019, the car with the star broke the record held by the Porsche Panamera Turbo S at the Nurburgring Nordschleife by no less than six seconds.

Now they meet up on a different track. How will things turn out this time?

Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4-Door Coupe versus Porsche Panamera Turbo S 2

Enter SportAuto and pro driver Uwe Sener brought the two of them at the Hockenheim GP circuit and put them through their paces. The Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4-Door Coupe wears 275/35R21 wheels on the front axle and 315/30R21 at the rear, shod with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 M01 tires.

The Porsche Panamera Turbo runs on 275/35R21 wheels at the front and 325/30R21 at the rear, with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 ND0 tires.

Almost identical on paper, but how are they actually on the racetrack?

Both of them sport impressive and very similar figures. The Merc received the AMG 4.0-liter biturbo V8 with 639 horsepower and 900 Nm of torque. The unit delivers its resources to all four wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission and the all-wheel drive 4MATIC+ system. All these parameters make the car hit 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill in 3.2 seconds on its way to a top speed of 315 km/h (196 mph).

The Panamera Turbo S is also powered by a 4.0-liter V8 engine. The engine churns out 630 horsepower and a peak torque of 820 Nm, paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and an all-wheel drive system. The car on the racetrack got the Sport Chrono Package, so it can make its way from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 3.1 seconds.

The Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4-Door Coupe runs the fast lap around the Hockenheim GP in 1 minute and 52.3 seconds. Can the Porsche Panamera Turbo S beat this?