When it comes to luxury cars, two names often come to mind: BMW and Audi. Offering everything from an efficient hatchback, classy executive sedans and sports cars – these brands have something suitable for every need and preference.
Carwow, a UK-based YouTube channel known for putting cars through rigorous tests like drag racing and off-road battles, decided to put two luxury sedans head to head this time around.
Audi RS 6 Avant
The Audi RS 6 Avant is the ultimate superwagon. A visual and audible attention-grabber, this car commands attention with its aggressive stance, menacing front clip and deep baritone exhaust note. Yet it remains one of the most practical luxury vehicles on the market with 30 cubic feet of cargo room behind its rear seats.
Performance models feature an incredible twin-turbo 5.0-liter V-8 that generates 591 horsepower; more potent than any Lamborghini Gallardo but remarkably docile on the road due to an impressive torque mesa and Teutonic-blunt eight-speed Tiptronic transmission. Furthermore, Audi also offers the RS 6 Avant Performance option with an on-demand cylinder system and power rear liftgate if extra performance is desired.
Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG
It’s an effective car to cruise autobahn miles in, providing plenty of power while remaining quiet against wind and road noise, with its sleek sloping roofline rear-end styling drawing people’s gaze. Unfortunately, however, its execution as a four-door coupe leaves much to be desired; its surface becomes disorganized quickly making its exterior less than attractive.
At first, Mercedes’ CLS wasn’t one of the more attractive luxury four-door coupe options; but with this year’s facelift it has taken an impressive leap ahead of its competition.
Its 60 mph acceleration times compare favorably with both the Audi RS7 and BMW M6 Gran Coupe models, with only 3.4 seconds needed for reaching 60. Furthermore, its 577 horsepower are smooth-running while advanced safety technology comes standard; moreover its taut, precise handling from using E-Class midsize sedan chassis is outstanding on winding two-lane state routes.
The Toyota Century is Japan’s take on an ultimate luxury car. Just being near one can make you reflect on how different life would be had you one! Driving this rare sedan is truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that should not be missed!
Contrary to more extravagant European luxury cars that change appearance regularly to keep up with current fads, the Century stays true to its formula, updating only when new technology can enhance its design seamlessly. Even now, its latest generation uses a V8 instead of its previous 5.0-liter V12; nonetheless, its powerful engine produces ample torque.
As with Rolls-Royces, Centurys are reserved for Japan’s chauffeur-driven elite. From executives in big corporations to kingpins of yakuza groups – they make for perfect transportation solutions! This car takes years of meticulous craftsmanship from Japanese artisans in order to reach perfection in all body lines, creases and panel gaps.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom is the epitome of luxury cars on the market. Even at its age, the current model remains refined. Sleeker and more aerodynamic than before with a shorter front overhang and smoother transition from roofline to trunk.
No one from Mercedes is willing to reveal exact horsepower and speed numbers for its big sedan; but you’d still find it capable. Equipped with double-wishbone front suspension and five-link rear suspension with active air dampers and four-wheel steering technology; its V-12 produces near-endless power, while sound deadening helps remove road imperfections from its ride.
Phantom’s rivals are few; even its SUV counterpart, Cullinan, cannot match its price or customization options.
Mercedes revived their Maybach brand after an extended absence in 2004 with two models: the 57 and the 62 — both based on the S-Class chassis. While buyers could customize these cars by adding features like partition walls between front and rear seats, electrotransparent glass roofs and more than a dozen different wood finishes, sales were disappointingly slow.
To stimulate interest, Mercedes engineers adapted the 57S with an increased output from its twin-turbo V12 and sportier suspension with lower ride height and thicker anti-roll bars, creating an immensely powerful car capable of reaching highway speeds while remaining agile and responsive enough for daily driving. Furthermore, its crash optimized passenger cell absorbs considerable kinetic energy to prevent injury during collisions.