Need a lot of space with an indecent amount of haste? Buy one of these fast wagons
5 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S AMG – 0-100km/h in 4.1secs
Another C-Class, this time with a distinctly unsensible 4.0-litre 503bhp V8. A lovely thing: fun to drive, classy to sit in and very, very practical. And blooming fast. And drifty. But not as fast as…
4 Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo – 0-100km/h in 3.8secs
Porsche’s first estate is a booted Panamera. All but the base car deserve a spot on this list as we’ve mentioned earlier (even the diesel) but the Turbo is the fastest. Two tonne kerbwight is shrugged-off by a turbo V8 with 550bhp.
3 Audi RS 6 Avant Performance – 0-100km/h in 3.7secs
Audi are notorious for underestimating their performance figures. Get a flat straight on a dry day (on track, of course) and we reckon 3.7secs may just seem pessimistic.
Yet there’s so, so much more to the mighty RS 6 than its Top Trump-ability. It’ll swallow just about all of your things, it’ll travel with unstressed, indecent haste everywhere, and with its subtly blistered arches, it’ll look impossibly cool doing so.
“Settle it into a corner, squeeze the pedal, and it will balance neatly and scoot out like it’s been fired from a spud-gun,” said we, when we drove the RS 6 Performance recently. Until recently, the quickest estate on sale. Still a class act.
2 Alpina B5 Biturbo Touring – 0-100km/h in 3.6secs
While BMW ponders on its new M5, Alpina has dealt its hand early. And what a hand. A 600bhp, twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 rests up front, driving all-four wheels to record an astonishing time of 3.6s. That’s just a tenth off the saloon’s 0-100km/h time.
From there, the Alpina Tourer will run on to a top speed of 322km/h (the sedan pushes on to 330km/h). This is a very fast, and, you’d have to agree, very subtle car. And those 20-inch wheels… excuse us, we’re having a moment.
Standard equipment includes a sports exhaust with Comfort and, um, Sport settings for uncorking V8 noises and adaptive suspension with dialed-up stiffness in the racier modes.
Brakes are 395mm a the front and actually slightly larger at the rear: whopping 398mm discs out back, in fact. Ceramic brakes are an option. This is one serious super-estate. You want the estate. We do.
1 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S – 0-100km/h in 3.5secs
Topping our list comes AMG’s biggest, most luxurious estate. A biturbo V8 with AWD means 0-100km/h in the mid-threes, but buy the S and you can tell it to send every last drop of power rearwards for maximum drift. It’s a really, really good thing this.