Recently, I was wondering, what is the best performance luxury saloon? I mean, obviously it’s an Audi, BMW, or Mercedes – they’re famous for this – but how on earth do you work out which one to have?
Firstly, the best luxury car is definitely a performance luxury car. It combines the ideal luxury features like an amazing interior, good suspension, minimal cabin noise, with a powerful engine and a degree of driving performance for the chauffeur. Sports and comfort.
The first candidate is the famous Mercedes Benz S65 AMG. It’s got the standard Mercedes saloon exterior look, but at its best. And in terms of interior, I think without a doubt it’s one of the most opulent interiors you can find in any car, let alone a performance model. An interior simply bathed in leather and pure class. It’s like putting soft fluffy cushions and silk blankets in a fighter jet. It simply doesn’t belong. But they seem to have found a way to make it work. So well, in fact, that I am completely in love with the machine. Performance? A 6-litre twin-turbo V12, capable of 463KW, and 0-100 in 4.1 seconds. If that isn’t crazy, I don’t know what is. Me, perhaps.
Next, the BMW M760li xDrive. I know, not quite as powerful a name as AMG, but still, when you see the car, it forces upon you a certain degree of respect for the machine. Another luxurious interior, similar but arguably not quite as classy as that of S65, though I suppose it is a question of taste. It does look bigger and a little more imposing than the Mercedes though, and that for some people could mean a lot. The engine, however, is nothing short of a monster: a 6.6-litre turbocharged V12, but - and it might be a very important but - it is less powerful than the Mercedes.
Now, the natural rival from Audi would be an RS version of their flagship 8-Series, but unfortunately, they only do an S8, which isn’t in the same league as the BMW and Mercedes. But they do the RS7, which is a great alternative. It looks really aggressive, yet classy, with a “sportback” body, and though it’s not a V12 like the others, the performance from its twin-turbo V8 is definitely on par. It has 445kW and does 0-100km in 3.7 seconds, and the sound coming out of it is insane! As we all know, there’s nothing quite like the throaty growl of a V8.
So, which is best?
I could drive each of them, and come back with an educated judgement, but I can’t drive, and even if I could, BMW and Mercedes and Audi wouldn’t slap me on the back and give me the keys to their V12 saloons and say “Knock yourself out.” So, instead, I’m going to judge them based on the greatest engine and the nicest interior.
Well, the Mercedes-Benz S65 wins.