Road Tests Real world tests of CLK GTR Straßenversion vs Ferrari F50

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Straßenversion

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Much more expensive sticker price $1.547M vs $480k Around 3.2x more expensive harder to own
A lot faster in the quarter mile 9.4 s vs 11.5 s Around 20% faster at the drag strip
Significantly more torque 571 ft-lb @ 5,250 RPM vs 347 ft-lb @ 6,500 RPM Around 65% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Much bigger engine 6,898 cc vs 4,698 cc More than 45% bigger engine
More powerful engine 612 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 514 HP @ 8,500 RPM Around 20% stronger engine
Side view of Ferrari F50

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Faster to 100mph 3.7 s vs 5.7 s More than 35% faster to 100mph
Faster top speed 201 mph vs 191 mph 10 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Lighter curb weight 2,976 lb vs 3,406 lb Around 15% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Higher redline 8,500 RPM vs 7,800 RPM Around 10% more revs

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

CLK GTR Straßenversion  vs
Ferrari F50 
Brand Mercedes-Benz Ferrari
Price 1,547,000 480,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 1998 1995-1997
Highest auction price 1998 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR, $1.10M, August 2012 1995 Ferrari F50 Show Car, $742k, January 2011

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 5.57 lb/hp 5.79 lb/hp
Maximum hp 612 HP @ 6,800 RPM 514 HP @ 8,500 RPM
Maximum torque 571 ft-lb @ 5,250 RPM 347 ft-lb @ 6,500 RPM
Max RPM 7,800 RPM 8,500 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 6,898 cc 4,698 cc
Cylinders V12 V12
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 10.5:1 11.3:1
Bore/stroke 3.5 in / 3.64 in 3.35 in / 2.72 in
Valvetrain DOHC Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC)
Valves per cylinder 4 5

road tests

CLK GTR Straßenversion  vs
Ferrari F50 
Top speed 191 mph 201 mph
1/4 mile 9.4 s 11.5 s
0-60mph 3.4 s 3.5 s
0-100mph 5.7 s 3.7 s
Drag coefficient 25 0.37

transmission

Drivetrain Mid Engine / RWD 2WD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6
Gear ratios
1: 2.71:1
2: 2.2:1
3: 1.8:1
4: 1.52:1
5: 1.33:1
6: 1.18:1
Axle ratio 2.88:1 3.7:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Brembo 14 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs
Rear brakes Disc Brembo 13.2 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs
Front wheels 457/? 559 245/35 18
Rear wheels 457/? 660 335/30 18

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,406 lb 2,976 lb
Width 76.8 in 78.2 in
Height 45.8 in 44.1 in
Length 191.1 in 176.4 in
Front track width 63 in 63.8 in
Wheelbase 105.1 in 101.6 in
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