Fighting for twin-turbo V8 supremacy.
We are about to witness the greatest lineup of luxury rocketships take on a drag strip to see which is quickest. This popular formula perfected by the Germans takes a luxury saloon or estate and injects mind-bending performance. The result is a practical and fast car fit for a family. All of the best from BMW M Division, Audi RS, Mercedes AMG, and Porsche work to build the best version of these mad performance cars, but who built the quickest?
First up we have the all-new Audi RS6 Avant. This super estate is the stuff of dreams combining a 600-bhp twin-turbo V8 with the practicality of a family estate. The RS6 uses an eight-speed automatic gearbox instead of the dual-clutch found in other Audi RS products due to the massive 590 lb-ft of torque. The RS6 also uses Audi’s legendary Quattro all-wheel-drive system which is a massive help getting the 2,000-kilogram estate off the line.
Gallery: BMW M5 Drag Races Audi RS6, AMG E63, Panamera Turbo S
Next, we have the Mercedes E63 AMG S estate built by the team at AMG that belives you shouldn’t have to choose between a family estate and a twin-turbo V8. The E63 AMG S uses a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that produces over 600 bhp. Power is routed through an AMG tuned nine-speed automatic and a 4 Matic all-wheel-drive system.
The M5 Competition is the only saloon in this drag race of estate greats, but let’s imagine for a moment that BMW finally came to its senses and built the M5 estate we’ve always dreamed of. The M5 Competition follows a similar formula using a 625 bhp 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power through an all-wheel-drive setup.
Finally, we have the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo S E-Hybrid. This is Porsche’s clever way of saying they’ve built the most impressive hybrid performance estate on earth. This 680-bhp estate uses a twin-turbo V8 that is augmented by electric motors. The results speak for themselves.