What to do with a burning desire for fast cars, but a family to drive around with space and comfort?! There is no other option than a Super Saloon! We’ve created a list of our 5 favourite Super Saloons! Get in touch with us on our Facebook to tell us your favourite!
BMW E60 M5
The E60 M5 was more of a crazy saloon than a super saloon. The generic super saloon recipe often features a V8, just like the previous generation M5 did, however that wasn’t enough for BMW. Instead they fitted a 5.0 V10 to their 5 Series on steroids!
With flared arches and four tailpipes, the M5 was noticeably beefier than the 5 Series in which it was based on. The S85 engine produced 500bhp and could send the car from 0-60 in just 4.7 seconds, however many people quote figures closer to 4 seconds flat! Not bad for a car with 520 litres of boot space!
Alfa Romeo Guilia Quadrifoglio
Without a doubt, the prettiest car on this list. The Quadrifoglio blew managed to knock the BMW M3 from the top spot.
With its Ferrari derived twin-turbocharged V6, the Alfa produces 503bhp and manages the 0-60 run in an eye watering 3.9 seconds. Yours from £62,000. Although a smaller saloon, the Alfa features a 480-litre boot which is identical to its rivals from Germany.
BMW M3 Competition
It wouldn’t beat right the have a list of super saloons without mentioning one of the greats. Based on the 3-series, The BMW M3 has been around since 1985.
Powered by an inline 4 cylinder, inline 6 cylinder, a V8 and a twin turbo charged inline 6, the BMW has been providing thrills and precision for over 3 decades. Before the F80 variant came along in 2014, BMW had produced just under quarter of a million M3’s! The F80 M3 ceased production in 2018 with many of the final cars featuring the competition pack! The competition pack upped the power to 444bhp and a revised suspension set up.
Vauxhall Lotus Carlton
The oldest car on the list but by far one of the craziest. It doesn’t have the 500-horse power of the E60 M5, nor is it as luxurious as the BMW M3. It isn’t styled as beautifully as the Alfa Romeo, but what the Carlton does have up its sleeve is the element of surprise.
Although based on a boring Vauxhall Carlton/Omega, this one had been tweaked by Lotus. Producing 377bhp form is 3.6 litre twin turbocharged engine, the Carlton could do 0-60 in 5.2 seconds, a super car killer in its day. There’s no wonder the Lotus Carlton became thief’s car of choice.
Audi C6 RS6
Based on the Audi A6, The C6 RS6 was the last RS6 to be found in a saloon variant. Audi launched the RS6 two years after the release of the E60 M5, it’s direct rival.
So, what did they do? Well a V10 to match was a must. So, they built a 5.0 V10 just like BMW. But the top trump came in the form of twin turbochargers. This meant the RS6 produced 570bhp giving it a 0-60 of 4.5 seconds! The RS6 had aggressive styling over the standard A6 with arches that made the BMW M5 look tame!
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