We all know that both nations were at war about 80 years ago in WWII. And the Battle of Britain instantly comes to mind as we think of a war between these two nations. However, after 1945, the world came to peace and there’s another war brewing. But not what you’d expect.
This war isn’t fought with artillery, tanks, aircraft and ships nor is it being fought by troops in hand to hand combat with bullets flying and people dying. No, this war is about power. To be specific, who has the most power in their cars.
It’s also about who has the better engineering finesse when it comes to developing a capable and reliable 4WD system. Take, for example, Jaguar’s F-type SVR and Mercedes’ E63 S Wagon.
Both have sublime and superb traction on all levels and it’s comparable to a dedicated 4×4 like a Toyota Land Cruiser or Mitsubishi Pajero or even a Land Rover or a G- Wagon.
What’s more, the F-type and the E63 have a selectable 4WD option which makes them sort of superior to dedicated 4×4 platforms. And both competitors have electronic technologies that rival that of NASA.
Ayt, now, to the specs. In the right corner, the Jag has a 5.0L Twin Turbo V-8 that spits out 575 horses and 516 torques. Not to be outdone, in the left corner, the Merc has a 4.0L Twin-Turbo V-8 that produces 612 horses and 627 torques.
Obviously, on paper, the Merc has the upper hand and I’m struggling to find a fault with them both. But when you factor that the Merc weighs anywhere between 1.6 to 2 tons and the Jaguar has 1.8 tons, I’d say they’re about even.
I’d take the Merc, though.