• Jul 12, 2010

Top Gear pits the Chevrolet Camaro vs. Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG – click above to watch the video

Conducting utterly inappropriate comparison tests is completely par for the course at Top Gear. After all, these were the guys that pitted a Ford Fiesta against a Chevrolet Corvette and a Jaguar XK120 against a Vincent Black Shadow and a train. In this week's latest episode Richard Hammond samples the new Chevrolet Camaro SS with its lovely 6.2-liter small-block V8 and then pulls out a slightly different kind of 6.2-liter V8 powered car.

Frankly, we doubt many (if any!) people are actually cross-shopping the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG against the Camaro SS, but it sure is entertaining to watch the big German power-sliding around the air-strip test track at the hands of The Stig. With any luck, this episode will be the last time that we get to hear the Stig lapping to the less-than-dulcet tones of the vuvuzela. See how the Camaro fares against the E63 by watching the video after the jump.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      In terms of sheer power in a vehicle of the size, the closest European competitor to the Camaro would be the likes of the E63 AMG. The Camaro will be sold in RHD, as is the AMG. Only the SS version of the Camaro is destined for the UK at this point. Whereas the Mercedes weighs in at £69K, the Camaro is likely to cost upwards of £40K. The only other UK market competitors you could throw into the mix within this price range would be the Cadillac CTS-V and Vauxhall VXR8, the Caddy priced at £58K and the VXR8 which is considerably less at just shy of £40K. However, the Cadillac is sold in LHD only - a major drawback in the UK - and the Vauxhall hails from Australia.
      • 4 Years Ago
      In my mind most AMG cars are basically European muscle cars. Big engine, soft (er than BMW and other sports saloons / sedans) suspension, and lots of space. Performance and price wise they may not be an even match, but at least on some conceptual level they can be matched up in my head.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lloyd was driving that Camaro yesterday on Entourage!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well the high powered Mercs are pretty much the closest European equivalent.
      Mercedes has just got it's black suite, but in heart it is car with too much power, enough room, not really a precision tool and power sliding all over the place.

      I guess especially for American the comparison can seem weird and i'm not saying it isn't, but just remember that this is European(or british) car program and Camaro SS costs 82 000 euros here in Sweden(if you can find one).


      That said i have loved the Camaro looks since the start. I can say that orange Camaro would get more stares in here than pretty much any Lambo or Ferrari.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is more proof for those that use TG for their automotive knowledge. This is more proof that it's an entertainment show, not a serious review show. And for the most part, I am fine with that; I really love watching TG.
      But comparing a Camaro to an AMG that costs about 2x as much is kind of ridiculous... and a sedan, no less.

      I would have much preferred to see them pit the Camaro against something that costs at least around the same price.... even if it lost, it would have been a more fair fight. The Mustang would have been an obvious (and over-played) comparison, but even other coupes in that price range like a Z or A5 would have been interesting.

      Or instead of the Camaro, how about comparing that AMG to a CTS-V? That's one that I would like to see.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The comparison was just silly but that aside there was some excellent photography with the Camaro! At least that's what I got out of the review.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Even though its not a great comparison, I still enjoyed watching it.
      It also do show the difference between a Americanized Muscle car and a Europeanized Muscle car. American's (not me included) are more about traditions and Europeans are more about Technology.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I forgot to comment.... That was a very slow track time for such a powerful car.
        A Little Renault Hatch almost beat its track time?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Although entertainment comes first in Top Gear, it isn't as daft as you may think.
      As American cars like this are trying to infiltrate Europe, for the price they are targetting BMW, Audi and Mercedes drivers. Even though the price varied enormously, they had to put it against something with an equivalent engine size didn't they. As the build quality of European (German) cars is so much better, there we have the price difference. So it does make sense in a way, but the cars really appeal to a whole different league of people. You got the muscle car lovers here, and on the other side, the people who love their powerful executive saloons.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really think the better comparo would have been the E63 AMG and the CTS-V. I just don't understand what the Camaro and the E63 AMG have in common...aside from the V8 and the ability to drift.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So I wasn't the only one who thought this was a ridiculous match-up? The Camaro and the Merc are two completely different animals targeted at two completely different groups (murderers not being one of them). Not to mention the Merc is almost twice as much as the Camaro, Richard would look silly if he didn't say it was twice the car. But Richard being a secret American choose the Camaro, just like I knew he would:) I have to say I enjoyed the comparison the boys did between the Rapide, the Quattroporte, and the Panamera.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree - this comparo seemed quite uninspired to me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        But then the European car might have lost, which just wouldn't do for TG...
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's entertainment, not automotive journalism.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The whole episode was pretty... Disappointing. You can tell they gave up on that one the moment they knew it was scheduled to air the same day as the World Cup finale.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @ Kenneth L

      Listen to yourself, "how short the memory of Europeans are", it's so pitiful to make a WW2 reference here honestly, it's preposterously petty. You claim you want a fair test yet you expect TG to do America a favor? If anything the Russians were more significant, but you don't see TG giving Lada's the car of the year do you?.

      And I wouldn't be so confident about your CTS-V claim, I'm not saying the Merc is definitely faster, but it would be close, and who knows, if they decided that they wanted to make the Merc as powerful it might even be faster. And do you really think Mercedes prices this car proportionally to its performace? There are probably 200 reasons why it's that much more expensive than the Cadillac (interior is one reason), maybe it is clear when you see that a Vauxhall VXR8 Bathurst (which has 580hp and limited top speed of 155 mph) which is also cheaper, as the juxtaposition is more significant.

      I hate how everyone on here keeps mentioning what an ideal test would be, read my previous post, but if I'm to reduce myself to your level, I would say the new M5 would out perform any car that is in fact comparable, whether it's from America or bloody Bolivia.

      And for heavens sake people, stop saying things like "This car is cheaper and if I spent the excess money tuning it it would be faster", of course it would be! That's not just for American cars, but any damn cars. I'm sure some non-American car tuned to the same level as your Mustang could match its performance and probably beat it depending on the tuner, so stop parading around "this is better than that for this", because ultimately all the arguments you use are just as valid for any other nation and car manufacturer in the world.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It really wasn't much of a review of a comparison, but it was fun I suppose.

      The reviews they did of the Monaro (Pontiac GTO) and VXR (Pontiac G8) and other American cars were a bit longer and more thorough. You can tell it was short to make room for the luxury sedan comparison that was in this episode.

      The Camaro really does look incredible and the Hamster still said he'd rather have it than the AMG at the end, which speaks volumes for just what a good car the Camaro really is.

      I wish it had the side repeaters the export versions have here in the US.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "You can tell it was short to make room for the luxury sedan comparison that was in this episode."

        Uuuh, more like for the two star races.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love Top Gear but that review really rubbed me the wrong way.
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