Video: BMW M5 vs Mercedes-AMG E63 vs Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

Autocar in the UK has put together a quick drag race between the spanking new BMW M5, the electrifying Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, and the mighty Mercedes-AMG E 63 S.

Before you head down and simply click play, let’s quickly go over the main specs of each car. All are large premium sedans, although the Porsche Panamera sits in a class above the others in Australia, according to VFACTS anyway.

In alphabetical order, the new BMW M5 is powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that belts out 441kW of power and 750Nm of torque. This is sent through an eight-speed automatic, and into a switchable all-wheel drive/rear-wheel drive system. BMW claims 0-100km/h happens in 3.4 seconds.

Arch rival Mercedes-Benz has stuffed its E 63 AMG S with a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 as well, only it produces 450kW and a whopping 850Nm. Hooked up to a switchable all-wheel drive system and nine-speed automatic, the company claims 0-100km/h happens in 3.4 seconds.

Lastly, the Porsche Panamera. It uses a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 as well. But, it’s assisted by an electric motor system, taking power up to a colossal 500kW and 850Nm. This is sent through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic with all-wheel drive. Porsche claims 0-100km/h comes up in 3.4 seconds as well.

So, which is the fastest in the real world? We’ll give you a hint, it’s the one with the most power. Go figure. Take a look below. It’s interesting to see the gap, and the astonishingly quick quarter mile times that all recorded.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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