If you’re a family man with a heart of a race car driver looking to upgrade the “family truckster,” as Clark Griswold would say, and you want a car that can take the whole family on a road trip to Wally World but also track days on the weekends, luckily for you there are quite a few cars that perfectly fit that description on the market today. Three of your best options would have to be the BMW M6 Gran Coupe, Mercedes-Benz AMG S63, and the newly redesigned Porsche Panamera Turbo.
I adore the M6 Gran Coupe and I personally think it’s one of the best looking cars on the road today. With it’s 4.4L twin turbo V8 pushing out 600hp and 513lb-ft of torque that’s currently sent to the rear wheels, although maybe not for long, it puts check marks in all the proper boxes for being a proper performance sedan. And it’s still a BMW, so the level of luxury and comfort on the inside is more than enough to justify it’s premium price tag. That being said, you don’t buy an M6 or any M class strictly for it’s luxury.
If you’re more of a Porsche guy, you’ll be happy to know that the Porsche Panamera Turbo has been completely redesigned both internally and externally. Porsche may have gotten tired of hearing how visually unappealing their first generation four-door sedan was (I’ll admit, I was one of those people but they did start to grow on me towards the end) as the second generation has been slimmed down so it’s not as bulky looking anymore. And it looks significantly better, in my opinion. Performance wise, the new Panamera Turbo gets a 4.0L Twin Turbo V8 that’s good for 550hp and 567lb-ft of torque and it uses a sophisticated all-wheel drive system to lay down 0-60 times of 3.6 seconds, almost a half second quicker than the M6.
The last of the German trio is the Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Coupe, which is technically a two door but still has plenty of room in the back for the little ones. The most impressive thing about the range topping S-class coupe is that torque monster living under the hood. It’s the 5.5L twin turbo V8 built by the warlocks inside the AMG division and it produces 577hp and a tire-shredding 664lb-ft of torque. That will make for some seriously quick runs to the supermarket, or the tire shop, whatever comes first. Plus, it’s an S-class so the comfort and luxury are about as good as you could ask for.
All three cars are somewhat evenly priced at around $150,000, and that’s before you start going crazy with all the options, although the Mercedes is a little bit more expensive at $164,000. Each is going to be lightning fast, especially at highways speeds. They all handle slightly different so it might come down to driver choice in that category. The M6 is said to be sharp and precise, the Panamera is effortless while maintaining connectivity to the road through that all-wheel drive system, and the Mercedes is the “floaty” comfort style of handling that’s perfect for long road trips. The guys over at Autocar came up with a brilliant way to help you determine which of these cars is best for you, while also showing the overall performance of each. I know which one I’d choose, but what about you?