Watch The World’s Quickest Family Cars Go Head-To-Head

Just a few short years ago, it was extremely uncommon for any type of vehicle other than a supercar to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than 4 seconds.

Nowadays, it has become the norm for supercars to reach that mark in less than 3 seconds, while heavy, lumbering super sedans and estates can easily dip into the 3-second range.

As we all know, the Tesla Model S P100D remains the king of acceleration in its segment but that’s not to suggest Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi don’t also offer extremely quick sedans and estates.

So, to find out which of the German trio can best match the Tesla, the crew at CarWow gathered a Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate, Audi RS6 Avant Performance and BMW M760Li xDrive for both rolling and standing-start drag races.

Both the E63 and RS6 share many similarities, so them being evenly matched wasn’t surprising. What might come as a surprise is the BMW being able to keep up with its German rivals, despite being the most luxurious of the three, weighing more, and not even being a proper M car.


  • TheHake

    I would have the RS6 thanks.

  • Shelby GT500

    Where’s Panamera Sport Turismo? In 680 hp hybrid version…

    • Vanquish

      maybe this was the fast and not ugly test?

      • Shelby GT500

        Well, yes, but it’s also a family car test and BMW 7 Series is not quite a family car…

        • Vanquish

          its as much a family car as a Tesla Model S….what would have made sense is a SUV and Wagon test. either way the panamera should have sat this one out it cost alone would make it an outlier and hard to call it a family car……on a random note why is it only the Europeans produce performance suvs and wagons it clearly is a market for them…the only other one is the Jeep SRT which as awesome as it is having to deal with an FCA dealerships poor level of service isnt worth it for a car you know will need dealer attention at some point.

          • Shelby GT500

            Well, Tesla Model S can be a 7seater…

  • Craig

    The Tesla driver must have been slipped a few Euro’s from the AMG guys.

    • Big Black Duck

      hate those rich merc guys

  • Christian Wimmer

    Is anyone else bored of these constant drag races which magazines seem to conduct all the time?

    The car I want most from this group is the E63 AMG and I could care less if it was the slowest in this group…

    • bxniels0

      I’d take the S213 in E400 4matic form 🙂


    • YJ Chua

      That’s the way English is meant to be spoken – the British way.

  • Axel Cortez

    I love the RS6 with a simple reflash is a proper rocket

    • Silimarina

      Yeah but you could say this to the E63 as well

      • Axel Cortez

        don’t know how easy or difficult is to flash an E63, the RS6 is ODBII reflash 30 min and you are done

  • fabri99

    Can I get a Panamera, please?

  • brn

    What makes any of these family cars? If I get the rear seat option on a Dodge Demon, does that qualify?

  • Trackhacker

    No Volvo V60R…no watch.