Two of today’s best sports cars face off in the latest episode of MT’s Head 2 Head series

The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S and the 2016 Jaguar F-Type Coupe R are two of the most talked-about sports cars today. Not only do they look drop-dead gorgeous, but they also come with heavy-hitting engines. The F-Type may have the advantage in power - 550 horsepower to 462 horsepower - but the AMG GT S’s combination of unmatched handling and state-of-the-art tech has made it the quintessential sports car for the discerning enthusiast. Either way, both cars are great choices, making it more difficult to pick which of the two is the better sports car.

To help answer that conundrum, Motor Trend lined up the AMG GT S and the F-Type Coupe R in its latest episode of Head 2 Head. MT Senior Features Editor Jonny Lieberman took up the task of giving a rundown of the two cars, including some new features for the new 2016 models. Here’s a little spoiler of sorts: the biggest addition in the F-Type Coupe R is so important it turned the entire script on the car’s driving experience. But, was it enough to convince Lieberman that the Jag is a better overall sports car than the Mercedes-AMG?

As usual, I’m not going to reveal the synopsis of the episode because it’s better if you hear the verdict from the horse’s mouth itself. Ok, just one more teeny-tiny spoiler. Lieberman did have his choice, but it was so close that he had to enlist the help of race car driver and Head 2 Head staple Randy Pobst to perform practical exams, including hot laps, on both the AMG GT S and the F-Type Coupe R at Willow Springs.

Check out the video to see which of the sports cars ended up getting the stamp of approval.

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S here.

2016 Jaguar F-Type Coupe R

2016 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe AWD - Driven High Resolution Exterior Test drive Exclusive Photos
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Read our full review on the 2016 Jaguar F-Type Coupe R here.

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