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Drag-race: Audi RS6 vs BMW M5 Competition vs Mercedes-AMG E63 S

Today’s drag race sees three beefed-up German family cars go head-to-head. Which comes out on top? Watch to find out…

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If you want a properly fast saloon or estate, you look to Germany – it’s as simple as that. Audi, BMW and Mercedes have mastered the formula of cramming big engines and even bigger performance into practical family cars, and they’ve been at it for decades.

Choosing a winner of those three is never easy though, and it means there’s something of an age-old question — who do I go to for my fast family car?

Well, we’ve picked one from each for today’s drag race, pitting the Audi RS6 against the BMW M5 Competition and Mercedes-AMG E63 S. Splitting them apart on paper isn’t an easy task — they all use twin-turbocharged V8s, all have all-wheel-drive and all cost around £100,000.

There are a few discrepancies, though. The RS6’s 4.0-litre engine kicks out 600hp and 800Nm of torque, the Mercedes’ 4.0-litre unit delivers 612hp and 850Nm while the M5’s 4.4-litre V8 has 625hp and 750Nm at its disposal.

So the AMG has a power advantage, but not so when it comes to weight. It tips the scales at 1,990kg, which is 50kg more than the BMW. The heavyweight of the bunch is the boxy RS6 – it weighs 2,075kg, thanks (in part, at least) to being the only estate here…

However, much like pouring gravy over a bratwurst, there’s a British twist to this German recipe — the weather. Calling it a downpour would be a bit of an injustice. Audi has long been the king of all-wheel-drive technology, so can the RS6’s famously grippy quattro all-wheel-drive system make up for the power and weight disadvantage?

Well, you’ll have to watch to find out…

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