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BMW doesn’t make an estate version of the M5 (WHY!?), so we’re pitting the brand-new M8 Gran Coupe against some long-roofed competition. Though the svelte four-door’s credentials as a family car aren’t as good as those of the other cars here, its engine is an absolute powerhouse.
The 4.4-litre, twin-turbo V8 pumps out 625hp and 750Nm of torque and drives all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. It’s not light, at 2054kg, but the BMW M8 Gran Coupe does have one of the best launch-control systems in the business, which should be able to overcome its sizeable mass without a hitch. Maybe…
Next up we have the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo S E-Hybrid (what a mouthful). Nestling under its bonnet is a 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 backed up by an electric motor, producing a humungous total of 680hp and 850Nm. All of that goes through an eight-speed automatic gearbox to all four wheels. It weighs in at a planet-like 2400kg, thanks to all the hybrid gubbins, but that e-boost could provide enough of a kick to make the difference.
Then we have the Audi RS6, which uses the same engine, gearbox and 4WD system as the Porsche. It does without the hybrid bits, though, so only musters 600hp and 800Nm (only?). It’s comparatively light at 2075kg, though, which could give it the edge over the Panamera.
Last, but by no means least, we have a Mercedes-AMG E63 S estate. Its 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 turns out 612hp and 850Nm which is sent, as-per-usual, to all four wheels via the obligatory eight-speed automatic gearbox. It’s the lightest of this quartette, at 1940kg, and it has the biggest boot. Which isn’t necessarily an advantage in a drag race, but we are here to provide sensible consumer advice!
These cars’ stats are too mixed up to draw any solid conclusions. So, we’ll just have to let rip and see what happens!
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