Road Tests Real world tests of Golf R vs SL 65 AMG Black Series

Differences What are the advantages of each

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Significantly lighter curb weight 3,102 lb vs 4,345 lb Around 30% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
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Much faster to 60mph 3.7 s vs 9.56 s 2.6x faster to 60mph
Much faster in the quarter mile 11.7 s vs 17.1 s More than 30% faster at the drag strip
Much more torque 738 ft-lb @ 2,200 RPM vs 177 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM Around 4.2x stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Much more powerful engine 670 HP @ 5,400 RPM vs 170 HP @ 5,700 RPM Around 4x stronger engine
Has an air compressor Twin turbocharger vs None About half of supercars have an air compressor
Much bigger engine 5,980 cc vs 2,480 cc Around 2.5x bigger engine
More expensive sticker price $300k vs $20k 15x more expensive harder to own
Has an active suspension Yes vs No Somewhat common; Reacts to the road for a smoother ride

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Golf R  vs
SL 65 AMG Black Series 
Brand Volkswagen Mercedes-Benz
Price 19,995 300,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2014 2009
City mileage 23 MPG 11 MPG
Highway mileage 30 MPG 18 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 18.25 lb/hp 6.49 lb/hp
Maximum hp 170 HP @ 5,700 RPM 670 HP @ 5,400 RPM
Maximum torque 177 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM 738 ft-lb @ 2,200 RPM
Engine placement Front Front
Steering system Unknown Hydraulic Power Assisted Rack and Pinion


Displacement 2,480 cc 5,980 cc
Cylinders I5 V12
Air compressor None Twin turbocharger
Compression ratio 9.5:1 9:1
Bore/stroke 3.25 in / 3.65 in 3.3 in / 3.7 in
Valvetrain DOHC Single overhead camshaft (SOHC)

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,102 lb 4,345 lb
Height 58.2 in 51.4 in
Length 165.4 in 180.7 in
Front track width 60.7 in 66.3 in
Wheelbase 101.5 in 100.8 in
Has a rear spoiler No Yes

road tests

Golf R  vs
SL 65 AMG Black Series 
1/4 mile 17.1 s 11.7 s
0-60mph 9.56 s 3.7 s
Lateral acceleration 0.89 g 0.93 g


Top type Hard fixed Hard fixed


Drivetrain 2WD 2WD
Shift system Automatic Automatic
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 5
Paddle shifters N/A Standard, Left Down / Right Up

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link, Independent Multi-link, anti-roll bar w/coil springs, Independent
Front brakes 11.3 in Ventilated Disc Mercedes-Benz 15.3 in Ventilated Discs
Rear brakes 10.71 in Disc Mercedes-Benz 14.1 in Ventilated Discs
Front wheels 195/65 15 483/? 241
Wheel material Steel Alloy
Wheel material Steel Alloy
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