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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Mercedes-AMG GT S Cracks 11 Seconds, But at What Cost?


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How much would you pay to shave tenths of a second off your drag racing car? That’s a question worth pondering after seeing a Mercedes-AMG GT S become the first to break the 11-second mark in the quarter-mile.
It all happened at the Palm Beach International Raceway recently. The Mercedes-AMG GT S hit 128 mph in the speed trap and a 10.94 quarter-mile thanks to enhancements by RENNTech and ADV.1. One of the upgrades was a new ECU costing $3,485.
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Which brings us back to the original question: how much would you pay to shave off tenths of a second? As CarScoops reports, “ The stock version will cover a 1/4 mile in a little over 11 seconds, so it’s not like it’s faster by a whole second or anything.”

However, reports we’ve seen suggest the AMG GT S does the quarter mile in 11.5 seconds. Is that enough of a shave in quarter-mile times for the extra investment. Unlike, say, the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, this Mercedes isn’t really designed for drag racing.

After all, if drag racing is your thing, you might want to invest in that Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. As TorqueNews documents, with drag radials it is capable of a 10.4 second quarter-mile run for an MSRP of $63,480. A Mercedes-AMG GT S is going to set you back $130,825 in its most basic trim level.