• Jun 14, 2010
Porsche 911 vs. Audi R8 5.2 FSI vs. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG – Click above to watch video after the jump

The kids from Motor Trend are at it again. The crew has turned out some pretty tasty videos over the past few months, but nothing like the clip after the jump. Editor-At-Large Arthur St. Antoine and two of his cohorts wrangle three icons of the modern supercar era through the desert outside of Las vegas. The contenders are three German heavyweights – the Porsche 911 Turbo, the Audi R8 5.2 FSI and the new kid on the block, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. The guys even managed to convince the California Highway Patrol to close down a section of road for their very own playground. Jealous yet? Yeah, us too.

That's alright, though, because St. Antoine and the rest of the MT posse were kind enough to bring along a few HD cameras so they could share a hard day at the office with the rest of the world. Surprisingly enough, you get plenty of raw driving footage with nothing but the sound of three German engines as your soundtrack. Sure, there are a few auto journo clichés floating around in the voiceover, but hey, it's a video about supercars. What more do you want? Hit the jump to enjoy for yourself.

[Source: Motor Trend via YouTube]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      I love the part when they rev the engine on the side of the road and take off from the dirt onto the payment so slowly and gently. LOL (2:30).
      I know it's not Top Gear, but only MT can make driving three supercars on a closed down highway in the desert so unexcited...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was expecting a little more action but it's still ok I guess. The engine sounds were pretty awesome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      At 3:25 the Audi is clearly an R-tronic, yet by the end of the video it's supposed to be a manual :)

      As for Mr. "Parts bin"...

      SLS: Does that 6.3L engine seem just a tad familiar? It should since Mercedes puts in almost every AMG model built (C63, E63, S63, ML63, ...). No, it's not the exact same motor as the other AMGs, but neither Audi motor is unmodified drop in (hint: the RS4's 4.2L motor wasn't a dry sump).

      911 Turbo: Yes, This car doesn't share ANY parts with the rest of the 911's. The most totally new and original design ever.

      Audi: Oh no, they used interior components from some of their other cars (which are generally considered to have some of the best interiors). They took two great motors and modified them for this application, the horror! You forgot to mention Quattro! They use that POS system in all their "performance' cars; yank that crap out! I'm sure they ripped that frame and body out of something else too. The whole car's a sham!

      PS: If you're having trouble detecting the sarcasm; wait until you're old enough to drive.

      PPS: IMHO, these are 3 awesome cars. Not a bad choice among them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That didn't look like a no holds bar all out test drive to me.Looked really slow
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is almost embarrassing to listen to MT videos or reports and compare them to any other publication's, especially those from across the pond. I don't know if it is the Rambo syndrome or too much peanut butter,but American car journalists should really think over the way they test and report. Makes me equally embarrassed to have subscribed to MT in the past.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed, it's amazing how they can take something so intrinsically awesome and make it seem so drab. The scripting makes daytime television seem well written. I too have cancelled all my american magazines other than Grassroots Motorsports and ocasionally I'll pick up a R&T or C&D.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't know if they make videos, but Road & Track has professional quality reviews and comparisons in their magazine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yeah, canceled my american 'rag subscriptions a decade ago for that reason, it's just not something they take seriously or they've simply not been exposed to the world at large. Feels very good ol' boy is, 'well this is how it is because we say so, no discussion needed'.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You cant go wrong with any of those choices.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't watch it... it hurts...

      BTW the best "place for cars like these" is either a race circuit or the German Autobahn.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Needed a warning to skip to 2:15 in, I *almost* killed it before the real action starts
      • 4 Years Ago
      Question.
      Should VW dump Audi in favor of Porsche?

      I don't think it is financially viable or advisable to pour duplicate dollars into fielding redundant clones in today's economy. VW has too many brands. Cut backs are in order and VW is now losing ground to GM.

      BTW, will VW shed its Seat, Skoda and Bugatti marques as well? I think this is necessary.

      Go Porsche!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        if a rhetorical yet idiotic question is posed on autoblog... will anyone take it seriously? let's find out kids! grab the popcorn!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dude, it's not like they're GM. Dump Audi? Get real.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As I've said many times before, once you get to that level of cars, your choice would most definitely be subjective since ALL are superb cars.
      That said, my choice would also be the Audi, except I'd want the V8.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ speed12sil:
        If that were true, there's a whole lot of people out there that are awfully thick.

        @ zamafir:
        I prefer the V8 exhaust note.
        • 4 Years Ago
        well said... except the v8 part. why?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I thought that part about cars purchases costing 120k+ being purely based on preferences and not performance numbers was painfully obvious already....

      • 4 Years Ago
      This video is compelling evidence for why their magazine is losing money, and why shows like Top Gear and 5th Gear are so much in demand.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The video quality was good, but the review was horrible.
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