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Tested BMW M5, Mercedes E63 AMG and Porsche Panamera Turbo S.

Rossen Gargolov
Test BMW M5, Mercedes E63 AMG, Porsche Panamera Turbo S
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E is actually the Nature a good role model. In the wild, those who specialize and are able to ideally adapt to the conditions surrounding them survive. That is why there are birds that do not fly, but can swim and brave extreme cold, and fish that can not only swim, but also fly when necessary. There is only one thing that does not exist: the woolly milk sow that lays eggs. Yet humans would have loved to have had them so much. Wouldn't it be great if an animal could meet all of our species' needs at once: Provide solid and liquid food and provide warmth at the same time.

Nature has given this animalistic squaring of the circle no recognizable priority. For good reason, as one might assume. Ultimately, any clear turn to one side always means turning away from the other. But man would not be man if he did not tirelessly try to put his stamp on creation after all. That is why there are genetically modified plants and cars like the ones tested here: too potent to pass as sheer touring limousines, too big, luxurious and heavy to be indebted to the true spirit of sport. So there we have it - the woolly milk pig laying eggs. In a new look and with a slightly different, albeit hardly less elementary task in mobile times. Travel and lawn, longitudinal and lateral dynamics, comfort and sportiness perfectly combined.

German three-way battle in the test

Three well-known German premium manufacturers invite you to dance under these signs: BMW with the standard 560 hp rear-wheel drive M5, Mercedes with the rear-wheel drive, in the case of the additionally ordered 557 hp E 63 AMG and Porsche with the 550 hp Panamera all-wheel drive Turbo S. It almost goes without saying that you don't have to do without anywhere, given the illustrious senders and the high prices in this vehicle class on board - from the fine leather trim of the seats to the latest entertainment systems and the adaptive chassis.

Of course, the three power limos cannot be lumped together ch if they were flanked in unison by two exhaust gas turbochargers eachTrust in V8 front engines. There are differences both with regard to the drive concepts already described - two rear-wheel drive for BMW and Mercedes, one all-wheel drive for Porsche - and the power transmission.

Automatic and double clutch transmissions equal

While BMW and Porsche each use seven-speed double clutch transmissions, Mercedes also uses the tried and tested seven-speed automatic with a wet start-up clutch for its sportiest E. There is no loss of dynamism as a result. The days when the term automatic was synonymous with a rather sedate mode of transportation are over once and for all. In daily use there is almost no difference between modern automatic and dual clutch transmissions. Here and there, the driver can choose from a variety of automatic shift programs and a manual mode. Only the operating system is and remains individual.

While AMG tries to turn a knob on the E 63, Porsche and BMW M GmbH rely on buttons and rockers. The Select switches are always located on the center console. In general - the center console. A veritable control center is now located here in modern sports cars or luxury limousines or a mixture of both. The Porsche Panamera Turbo S is the most striking illustration of this. Anyone who takes a seat on the left front side of the four-seater Porsche for the first time will be overwhelmed by the multitude of buttons. Exhaust flaps open or closed, automatic start /stop on or off, rear blind up or down, damper setup hard, soft or medium - the driver is constantly spoiled for choice. At Mercedes and BMW, things are basically no different. Only the switches and rotary controls are less distributed here, the console itself is more straight and consequently less prominent than the rising center tunnel of the Panamera. However, there are virtually no limits to individual preferences.

All three models offer plenty of power

Which operating system you like better is a matter of opinion or a question of habit. Adaptive driver natures are able to blindly find the desired switch after a long journey. Apropos travel: this topic is basically tailored to the stately body of each of the three test subjects. How not - after all, there is plenty of power in each of the limousines, guaranteeing brisk progress on free motorways with no speed limit. When it comes to overtaking prestige, the grim-looking BMW M5, with its sound reminiscent of a racing car at higher speeds, may have a wafer-thin lead.

Different seating sensations

TheErgonomics are flawless in all cars, and the operating logic is the simplest, even in the Mercedes AMG. Here the multitude of options is limited to a manageable number of round buttons and controls. The almost unlimited adjustable sports seats of the Mercedes E 63 AMG are also completely convincing on long journeys. Inflatable sidewalls provide support even in fast-paced motorway curves. If you want and like, you can also use the two-stage dynamic support function of the chairs. This reinforces the corner of the seat on the outside of the curve, depending on the situation.

At the BMW M5 particularly likes the generous adjustment range of the thigh support. There is nowhere more relaxed space for long legs. The controls benefit from the two programmable M buttons on the steering wheel. The individually preferred driving programs can be stored here permanently and within easy reach.

In the Porsche Panamera, the seating feeling differs significantly from that of the other two limos. Due to the rising center console and the significantly higher belt line of the Family Racer, the driver is more integrated into the car system and sits lower. In principle, this is good and certainly desirable for a sports car. Due to the impressive dimensions of the Porsche, at 4.97 meters long and 1.93 meters wide (without mirrors, mind you), the big picture needs to be mastered in tight parking spaces. The rather wide A-pillar and the comparatively narrow rear window do not really contribute to the clarity of the Panamera, which is slightly bulky in everyday life.

The high weight of the Porsche Panamera Turbo S does not matter

Anyone who leaves the publicly accessible track to get to the bottom of the sporty qualities of their four-door car will get the Porsche Panamera Turbo S quickly see in a completely different light. Bulky? Thick? Heavy? Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that. As soon as the all-wheel drive is challenged, even if it is on the narrow course of the small course in Hockenheim, it is in top form. Traction? In excess. Brake? Holds unconditionally. Agility and drivability? Exemplary. The fact that the Porsche Panamera Turbo S weighs by far the heaviest at 2,024 kilograms live weight simply does not play a role in the hunt for times. Only the steering could be a bit more difficult to move and provide a little more feedback. The bottom line is that the performance of the Stuttgart four-door car ends with a best time of 1:12.1 minutes. The following laps are only half a second slower with 1.12.8 and 1.12.7 minutes, which speaks for the stability of the overall system.

Tiresand brakes suffer noticeably on the BMW

The 1,963 kilogram BMW M5 is also quite fast with 1.13.6 minutes in the first turn, but it surprises its driver every now and then with emphatically presented lunge steps of the massive rear. There are no comparable times in the following rounds. Tires and brakes suffer noticeably on the BMW M5. Accordingly, the Bajuware is a whole second slower in laps two and three with 1.14.6 and 1.14.7 minutes.> 610 PS and over 900 Newton meters of torque

The lap time curve of the Mercedes E 63 AMG is the most constant. Although the five-seater tackles the fast thing with 1:14.6 minutes, it is comparatively cautious, but on the third attempt it is still able to burn an almost identical time on the asphalt with 1.14.7 minutes. Here, too, the overall system shows itself to be able to cope with the high loads that occur during the chase. However, the noticeably loose rear of the Mercedes needs to be controlled if it is to move forward quickly. The Mercedes E 63 AMG is rehearsing Although the uprising was a little less emphatic than the BMW M5, the rear wheel grip limit was reached and exceeded a bit earlier than with the BMW. 610 HP and over 900 Newton meters of torque want to be brought to the ground by rear-wheel drive. What? No - we haven't made any commitments. At the repeated suggestion of our readers, a test bench run with the Mercedes test car resulted in exactly these values. The BMW M5 started with 620 hp and 760 Newton meters of torque.

A rascal who thinks evil

Only the most powerful candidate in the comparison according to the measured values, the Porsche Panamera Turbo S, recorded 555 hp on the Maha test bench at Autotechnik GmbH in Backnang. A rogue who thinks evil. For example, that there should be cars that have what is known as test stand detection and therefore, in the worst-case scenario, always deliver more or less exactly the performance that the manufacturer officially allows them.


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