Autobahn thrust in a grocery-getter package

I love it when a vehicle does something unexpected. Just a few examples might include a school bus that does a wheelstand all the way down the 1320, or a mud-eating Smart Fortwo that crushes off-road, or a wagon with enough power to smoke a sports car. Unfortunately, those first two take a little extra wrench time, but if it’s a cargo-hauling five-door speed machine you’re after, ze Germans have the answer – several, in fact. Top Gear Magazine recently got its hands on two of them for a straight-line runway showdown, and the result is this two-and-a-half minute video.

In the red corner, we have the Audi RS6 Avant, which comes loaded with a 4.0-liter V-8 boosted by two turbos for 552 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, all of which gets routed to the pavement via the Four Ring’s quattro AWD system. In the black corner is the Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate, which also gets a twin-turbo V-8, but ups displacement to 5.5-liters and increases output to 577 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Only the rear axle provides the traction.

Clearly, the Audi has the advantage off the line, as the Merc will no doubt scramble to put down all that muscle from a standstill. Once in motion, however, the Audi will start to lose ground to the more powerful AMG missile.

Which Teutonic terror will come out on top? Hit play to find out.

Audi RS6 Avant

2015 Audi RS6 Avant Exterior
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Read the full review on the Audi RS6 Avant here.

Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate

2014 Mercedes E 63 AMG S-Model High Resolution Exterior
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Read the full review here.

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