The England–Germany football rivalry is considered to be one of the most two-edged in the world for decades. It’s nearly the same in the automotive industry, where the British and German auto industries are always fighting for a number of different crowns. Today, we are going to see which country has a quicker V8 car.

For the purposes of this experiment, we will use CarWow’s latest drag race, which puts against each other the Jaguar F-Type SVR and the Mercedes-AMG E63 S. The two may seem vastly different, but they both feature a powerful V8 under the bonnet.

On the left for Britain is the most powerful production F-Type to date, which uses a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine with 575 bhp. On the right for Germany is one of the country’s favourite family estates, but here it’s in its range-topping AMG E63 S version with a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 generating 612 bhp.

At least on paper, it shouldn’t be difficult to tell the winner. The Mercedes has more power plus launch control. Both cars have AWD systems and automatic gearboxes – an eight-speed for the Jag and a nine-speed for the Merc.

But, just like in football matches, one can never predict the outcome of close rivalries. That’s exactly the case in this drag duel, where the F-Type takes a minor lead shortly after the launch, but the fast German estates edges back right before the finish line.

We won’t spoil the video for you and will just tell you the winner recorded a quarter-mile time of 11.2 seconds, while the second-placed car did 11.3 seconds. A drag race so close that it reminds us of some of the greatest Germany versus England football matches.

Source: CarWow on YouTube