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Luxury automobiles are chosen for a variety of reasons. Maybe your top priority is having the plushest interiors, maybe you’re only looking for the largest possible size, or maybe you just need it to be the latest model on the market. If so, this list might not be for you. However, if one of your main desires is speed, then read on because today’s list gathers five of the fastest luxury sedans in the world, graded on their time from 0-60mph (96.5km/h). Don’t worry; we’ve made sure they also meet our requirements for style and comfort.
1. S 63 AMG
The S 63 AMG from Mercedes-Benz which comes in at number five with its 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds. Having a handcrafted 5.5-liter AMG bi-turbo V8 engine certainly helped this sleek specimen make up the 577 horsepower it used to clinch the fifth spot and we like that both form and function meld into one with this vehicle. The S 63 AMG is also nearly 100kgs lighter than its predecessor, and is available with the AMG all-wheel drive system 4MATIC option. It comes in 15 monochromatic shades and, at a suggested retail price of US$141,450 (S$197,610), it’s definitely a luxury sedan that’ll cost you a pretty penny. No matter, the wind from your incredible acceleration will whisk away any second thoughts you might have.
In fourth place, costing a relatively cheaper US$106,500 ($148,785) is the Audi RS7. In terms of specifications, the RS7 – which has a 560 horsepower – may appear to lose out to the previous S63, but don’t underestimate its acceleration. It clocks in at 3.7 seconds in the sprint from 0-60 and can reach a top speed of 174mph (280km/h). Its 4.0-liter V8 engine also provides 516.3lb-ft of torque between 1750 and 5500 rpm. The interior boasts superior leather fixings, its signature honeycomb style, and technological perks like a swanky BOSE® sound system.
3. Alpina B6 Gran Coupe
BMW and Alpina
That the Alpina B6 Gran Coupe is at third place on this list is a testament to how excellent of an addition the partnership between Alpina and BMW is to the luxury sedan market. Constructed upon BMW’s M6 Gran Coupe, the B6 Gran Coupe is able to launch from 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds flat. Sure, the timing is the same as fourth-place-holder RS7, but the specs read as more impressive. With a 4.4-liter Alpina-tuned Bi-Turbo V8, 540 horsepower coupled with 540lb-ft of torque, the car is truly impressive. Not to mention all this is housed in an eye-pleasing Alpina’s trademark 20-inch, 20-spoke wheels, and its exterior – by now a classic look on the roads – which is completed by the luxurious leather interior.
4. Panamera Turbo S
In the world of cars, especially to do with speed and luxury, there’re always that group of — dare we say it — haters who stick by the old and immediately decry any changes or additions. Such was the case with the Panamera Turbo S. All the grousing was put to bed, however, once the car proved that it could and did perform. With a 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds, the Panamera Turbo S’s top speed is a remarkable 192mph (309km/h), astounding for a sedan. One of the sportier-looking sedans on this list, it has a horsepower of 570, a 4.8-liter V8, and up to 590lb-ft of torque.
5. E 63 AMG
We’ve come a full circle because the champion, the fastest luxury sedan on the list, is also a Mercedes. The E 63 AMG, to be exact. This US$101,700 (S$142,079) car has all the hallmarks of the luxury Mercedes brand — comfort, refined looks, and power. Like its sibling further up this list, the E63 AMG boasts a 5.5-liter bi-turbo V8 engine and identical horsepower, but is both smaller and lighter which explains why it can rocket from 0 to 60 in just 3.5 seconds. It was a close race, but the E63 AMG takes the trophy in the end.