We recently did a drag race between the M5, Merc-AMG E63 S and Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. It didn’t feature the lifer because it was away being fixed (I wrote about it last time and so far no repeats). If you want a surprise, watch the film online before you read any further.
Done that? Good. The M5 walloped ‘em. Least powerful but lightest, it also possesses the most phenomenal launch control – when it works. Sometimes it will engage, sometimes it won’t. I suspect the system gets hot after a few runs, and then removes the temptation from you. So fast was it that we redid the figures when our car came back. And yep, the result wasn’t a fluke – it managed a two-way average of 2.99secs to 60mph. So that’s a full-size saloon that seats five, has a 505-litre boot, massage seats and kick-ass stereo getting to 60mph in under three seconds. That’s nuts. The fastest super saloon ever, surely?