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10 of the fastest saloons – super sedans

Fast saloons are a dignified way to raise your heart rate. You can put the boss in the back and waft to your business meeting without raising an eyebrow, then blast back home down a thrilling country road.

There is a wide choice of super-saloons on the market which deliver huge performance yet offer enough space for four and their luggage. We’ve rounded up ten of our fast favourites. Put any of these cars in our car configurator to see how much you could save.

Maserati Quattroporte – the flamboyant limo

Few cars have the presence of a Maserati Quattroporte. Not only is it styled in a way that sets it apart from the usual German rivals, but it’s vast, too, making it a genuine rival for the Mercedes S-Class. The beautiful interior is a great place to be – whichever seat you choose.

While the diesel option might be the most sensible choice, it can’t match the 190mph top speed of the range-topping GTS model. The 523hp 3.8-litre V8 petrol sounds like thunder and propels the near-two-tonne saloon forward at an alarming rate.

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Infiniti Q50 Hybrid – the ultimate Q-car

The Infiniti Q50 is a rare sight on UK roads, and its unassuming looks and ‘Hybrid’ badge on the bootlid offer no hint to its performance potential. A 3.5-litre V6 petrol borrowed from Nissan is mated to an electric motor for a combined 359hp and 402lb ft of torque.

The instant response of the hybrid system helps the Q50 crack the 0-62mph sprint in only 5.1 seconds. Despite this, the ability to run in electric-only mode means it can potentially return 45.6mpg, all in refined comfort.

Audi RS7 – a saloon for those wanting a coupe

The Audi RS7 looks like little else on the road. The coupe profile means there isn’t quite as much space inside as you’d find in a similarly-sized A6, but there’s still enough room for four people and their luggage.

The performance is staggering, too. Audi’s Quattro four-wheel-drive system is put to good use, transmitting 552hp to the road to deliver a 3.9-second 0-62mph time.

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Vauxhall Insignia VXR – performance on a budget

At less than £30,000, the Vauxhall Insignia VXR is comfortably the cheapest car on our list. Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a slouch, though. Powered by a turbocharged 2.8-litre V6, the 321hp, four-wheel drive Vauxhall can hit 62mph from rest in 5.6 seconds – almost a match for a Porsche Boxster.

Factor in the spacious, comfortable cabin and a 530-litre boot, and nothing else on the market can blend the VXR’s mix of performance, practicality and low price.

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Mercedes-AMG C63 S – the grown-up hot rod

The Mercedes AMG C63 has earned a highly impressive wowscore of 9.3, which is hardly surprising given its vast array of talents. The S version turns the regular car up to eleven. The 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 produces 510hp – enough for a 0-62mph time of four seconds flat. The NASCAR-like noise from the exhausts will make you giggle like a small child with every flex of the throttle.

When you’re not in the mood to burn through rear tyres, it settles down into a relaxing, comfortable cruiser with ample space for four adults inside the stylish cabin. The C63 is arguably one of the greatest sports saloons currently on sale.

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Volkswagen Passat BiTDI 4MOTION – fuel-sipping straight-line speed

Performance diesels remain something of a rarity, but the current most potent Volkswagen Passat drinks from the black pump. The engine is an impressive all-rounder: the twin-turbo 2.0-litre unit offers 237hp and a whopping 369lb ft of torque.

Not only will it hit 62mph from rest in a touch over six seconds, but it’s smooth, refined and can return a claimed 53.3mpg. It could, quite possibly, be all the car you’ll ever need…

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Jaguar XJR – a modern day muscle car

The Jaguar XJR is the result of mixing the British brand’s finest luxury saloon and its most potent powertrain in one desirable package. Rear passengers can revel in the vast legroom while the driver can enjoy chucking this big saloon about like it was a race car.

Pace is delivered by a 5.0-litre supercharged V8. With 542hp and 502lb ft on tap, the XJR is good for a 4.4-second 0-62mph time and a 174mph top speed.

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Bentley Mulsanne Speed – the continent crosser

While the Jaguar takes a 21st century look at British luxury, the Bentley Mulsanne Speed takes a more ‘old-school’ approach. The interior is a forest of immaculate wood panels and is trimmed in the finest leather.

The 6.75-litre twin-turbo V8 delivers 530hp – impressive enough, but it’s the 811lb ft of torque which really widens the eyes. All this adds up to a 2.5 tonne car which can hit 62mph from rest in 4.8 seconds, and a top speed of 206mph makes it the fastest saloon for sale in the UK.

Run the Bentley Mulsanne Speed through our car configurator to see how much you could save.

BMW M5 30 Jahre – super-saloon nirvana

No list of performance saloons would be complete without an offering from BMW’s M division. While the M3 is to many the genre-defining sports saloon, it’s the big brother BMW M5 that wins the most praise.

Celebrating 30 years of M5 production, the 30 Jahre gains 40hp over the regular model, for a total of 592hp. Thanks to an advanced launch control system, it’ll reach 62mph from a standstill in only 3.9 seconds and it’s just as brilliant through the corners as it is fast along the straights.

Find out what reductions are offered by speccing up a BMW M5 in our car configurator.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio – the one to look forward to…

Alfa Romeo will soon re-enter the compact executive car class with the all-new Giulia. While the range will be full of modest petrol and diesel engines to take on the BMW 3 Series and Jaguar XE, the one model generating the most excitement is this – the Quadrifoglio.

A rival to the BMW M3, it’s powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6. With a little help from Ferrari, this unit is claimed to produce 503hp and sounds glorious, too. Weighing just 1,500kg, it’s claimed to hit 62mph from rest in just 3.9 seconds. We can’t wait to see what it’s like.

What next?

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