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9 German Sports Cars That Made American Manufacturers Sweat

Delivering segment-leading performance packed in beautiful designs, these German sports cars were undoubtedly eyesores for American manufacturers.

When it comes to sports cars, Germany has some of the most powerful sports cars that you can buy. They have a long regime of creating performance cars that give their American counterparts a run for their money. German companies like Audi, Porsche, Mercedes, and BMW make unrivaled sports cars with exhilarating interiors and sophisticated aerodynamic designs, capable to fend off their competitors both on tracks and on roads.

What sets German automakers apart from American companies is their uncompromising attention to minute details and their excellent commitment to design and manufacturing. This disparity undoubtedly creates envy among the American car manufacturers, but they never seem to near the gap. German sports cars provide a great combination of comfortable riding experience, excellent driving dynamics, and expeditious speed. Let’s look at the nine greatest German sports cars that have tormented their American competitors ever since they hit the market.

92023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

The meanest racing machine created by Porsche ever is the 911 GT3 RS. The panache of Porsche’s 992 series comes with a sleek body design and rear wings even bigger than the GT. In terms of direct competition from American sports cars, it is 0.5 seconds faster in propelling 0-60 mph than the Dodge Viper ACR even though the ACR packs more hp under its hood.

But do not judge this mean machine as just another race car, going by its racing trim and large spoilers. This bad boy delivers all the conveniences of a standard 911 while the rear trunk provides extreme racing capabilities, just as expected by a Porsche 911.

The 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS sits at the top of the 29 variant panoply of 992’s. It comes with a 4.0-liter flat-six engine delivering 520 hp and 346 lb-ft of torque. Combined with a seven-speed automatic transmission, it achieves a maximum speed of 198 mph, displaying why 911 GT3 RS is the perfect car for driving enthusiasts.

82021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Black Series

Mercedes’s performance wing AMG took the supercar rivalry game to new extents when they launched the AMG GT Black series in 2021. The earlier GTs were good but would easily lose their ground if a C8 Corvette or Lamborghini Huracán pulls up. But the GT Black series is monstrous when faced with other rival sports cars. It seems like the AMG team put everything they knew about racing into the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series. The design of the AMG GT Black series makes it a beautiful-looking car, with the engine mounted behind the front axle. The front splitters are made to be manually adjusted, and the diffusers are made up of carbon fibers.

The AMG team decided to go with the familiar V8 engine they used previously in the GT-R, a twin-turbo one with 4.0-liter capacity but one which is heavily reworked. It features a front-plane crankshaft, the size of the intercoolers has been enlarged and a new pair of larger turbochargers are added to it as well. All these reworks add up to some major power gains. This engine delivers 730 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, making it scale 0-60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. The Mercedes-AMG has beefed up this car to its finest extent, and the Opus is improving the AMG GT Black Series even further.

72022 Audi R8 Spyder RWD

The German automaker Audi has become a household name for its amazing fleet of cars. It is no wonder that when the designers at Audi thought about bringing back the 2022 R8 Spyder RWD to the public, they did it in style. The enthralling sports car is a V10 monster with predatory attributes like immense power and a loud engine roar.

The Audi uses the naturally aspirated V10 engine in it, which is used in only two production cars worldwide. The other car we are talking about here is the Lamborghini Huracán, giving the R8’s engine a veil of exclusivity. In terms of specs, it produces 562 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque.

The only American car matching up to its prowess is the Corvette ZR1 – a beautiful high-performance car in itself, carrying more hp. But if you have an eye for luxury, you will love the 2022 Audi R8 V10 RWD more than the Corvette ZR1.

62021 BMW M4 Competition Coupe

Carrying the weight of enthusiastic claims of the fastest BMW cars generation after generation, the 2021 BMW M4 Competition Coupe is among the Bavarian automaker’s best creations. The sibling of the M3 sedan, this two-door coupe can sit 4 people at a time, gives enough knee space, and can zoom past 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds.

The designers at BMW deserve a laud appreciation for giving it things that make the 2021 BMW M4 awesome and also a questionable stare for its infamous kidney grille design. On the performance front, it carries a 3.0-liter in-line six engine making it both aggressive and fun to ride. It produces 503 hp along with 473 lb-ft of torque and has a manual transmission.

In terms of the rivalry with American brands, The Ford Selby GT 350 stands out as a competitor with a lower buy price of $60,000 against the M4. But when both the cars are put on the road for a test, the M4 beats GT 350 in departments of luxury, performance, and how well the car steers under high speed.

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52014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Final Edition

The Final edition of the SLS AMG GT is one reason why goodbyes are not always sad. This sports car is discontinued after 2014, but it’s one of those cars which gets valuable as time fades. Only 350 of these cars were built by the AMG to commemorate the end of the SLS AMG segment and were replaced by the AMG GT. It is a beautifully designed car, with a carbon fiber coat that fits in sharp contrast with its glossy paint.This limited edition beast features a 6.2-liter V8 engine, similar to AMG GT’s engine that you will love . It is normally aspirated and produces 583 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, making it go from 0-60 mph in just 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 199 mph. In terms of direct competition from American sports cars, the Corvette ZR1 stands out as the top contender, offering faster acceleration and higher hp under its hood, but the exclusivity you get with the SLS AMG Final Edition is unmatchable.

42023 BMW M8 Competition COUPÉ

One of the most popular sports cars in Germany, the 2023 BMW M8 Competition Coupe is the ultimate BMW that $130,000 can buy . This brilliantly designed car lands in the luxury sports segment and the performance stats on paper make no false promises for its performance on the road. In addition to its extreme performance, the driving dynamics are designed very well to provide strong traction to this car, keeping it glued on roads at high speed.The M8 Competition Coupe boasts a V8 engine with two turbos, producing 617 hp along with 553 lb-ft of torque. The acceleration in this car is insane and takes a meager 2.7 seconds to throttle from a standstill to 60 mph. It comes in two trims: convertible and coupe, and the BMW M8 competition coupe is regarded as a more track-focused version of the M8. The top speed is electronically capped at 155 mph, but pair it with the M driver’s package , and you get blistering performance up to 184 mph.

3Gumpert Apollo S

The Gumpert Apollo S is one of those cars, which are created by fantastic collaborations between a mammoth-sized enterprise and its small performance-focused arm. It is manufactured by Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur GmbH, a manufacturer of high-performance cars founded by former Audi Head, Roland Gumpert.

What made the Gumpert Apollo so special is its holy collaboration with Audi, which gave Gumpert Apollo S its engine, a twin-turbocharged 4.2-liter V8, which was previously used in the Audi RS6. The engine produces a colossal 690 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. Paired with a six-speed sequential transmission, it scales from 0-60 mph in just 3 seconds and has a top speed of 224 mph.

22020 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0

The 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 was an attempt to put the naturally aspirated engine back into Porsche after it was taken away when they decided to use 4-cylinder engines for Cayman 718 models. The GTS 4.0 may look like a scaled-down version of the Cayman 718 GT4, but the performance says otherwise, albeit a more comfortable city ride in the GTS 4.0

It uses the 4.0-liter flat-six engine, producing 394 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque. The GTS 4.0 has a top speed of 182 mph and clocks 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds. The car costs less than the GT4 and can be a good choice for drivers wanting a sportier daily ride.

When put against competition with the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, the American rival overpowers it on paper with more raw power, but when it comes to real-world riding, the 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 provides unmatchable luxury and a smoother driving experience.

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12020 BMW M2 CS

The best car from the already amazing M2 lineup, the 2020 BMW M2 CS is the most powerful M2 created by BMW. It features the fat M4 engine packing crazy power under its front hood. If you are intending to buy a car that has character, this limited edition BMW two-seater sports car is worth your savings.

The engine inside the M2 is a reworked 444 hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo which comes from its sibling M4 competition. For transmission, you can choose between the seven-speed automatic or can even opt for the six-speed manual transmission. The acceleration boosts are also impressive, propelling it from 0-60 mph in just 3.8 seconds.

Along with impressive engine statistics, more carbon fiber has been sneakily added to it than its cousins, proved by Harry Metcalfe in his YouTube video on M2 CS.

Source : Hot Cars