Comparison Porsche Cayenne Turbo vs MercedesBenz E63 AMG Wagon…

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate

By David Gluckman February 12, / Photos by Marc Urbano

You can convince yourself a station or an SUV will make your better, that they’re for a modern family. But no one needs a car that with 500 hp. You certainly need one with 500 hp and track-ready Of course, no one needs dessert, But it makes life better. And we really like high-powered of otherwise useful things.

In the of science, we laid out this spread at Michigan’s GingerMan on a cold Monday morning. we have a Mercedes and a Porsche, shapes with similar take pedestrian cargo cram in nutso twin-turbo upgrade brakes, lower, and add as wheel and tire as you can stand.

of these cars will you feel like a kid again. people’s kids will in terror. Your kids, in back, will feel littler kids. And you might be to convince the person with you had those kids that is all practical. But we didn’t bring two to a road course to assess If you’re buying one, not thinking rationally, so don’t about how these cars are from each other. smell the hot brakes, cinch the child seat, and hold on.

2nd — Porsche Cayenne

Three shocking things the Cayenne Turbo: It has 500 hp, more twice that of Porsche’s Cayenne. It pulls 0.91 g on the It weighs 5210 pounds. extremely quick in every way. And because its mass and offer an exaggerated sense of it’s the most entertaining Porsche currently builds.

Sure, a 911 or a Boxster will the Cayenne in a corner. The Panamera is big, but it’s low to the ground, it to mimic sports-car behavior making you question nature or the of life. The Cayenne, though, is to do things that it shouldn’t be to do. And it does them well.

It the higher off the ground a Porsche the more it needs to prove it is, in fact, still a Porsche. At the time, the Turbo clings to the that it’s an SUV; the air has five ride-height settings, High I and High II, which are for off-roading. It doesn’t know it is. Or maybe it does and it’s in

So this is sporting intention, on sporting insecurity. There’s the Sport package, which brake-based torque vectoring and anti-roll bars. Then a Sport setting for the active plus an additional Sport that acts on the transmission and (when pressed, it also the ride height to Low). the quintessential sports-car maker’s just be sporty to start

The Cayenne goes about its as if a 4.2-second sprint to 60 mph is everyday Ditto the 12.7-second quarter-mile. the torque-converter automatic-exchanging it for, the dual-clutch gearbox from the improve on those times; the slushbox is occasionally slow to and pauses under acceleration. much of our appreciation for the Cayenne was of respect for what it can do on the track-namely, within three seconds of the lap time around GingerMan. despite significant weight and disadvantages. Impressive stuff.

On a track, this is a busy The all-wheel-drive system and its various are constantly doing something, if you’re not sure what. So the is capable, but it’s also predictable than the Mercedes. a feeling of artificial distance, as if the knows it’s shielding you something untoward: Look here! You’re going now!

All the while, Porsche Vectoring Plus is using the to work wonders on turn-in. dampers are adjusting to the road active anti-roll bars the truck from dragging its handles on the pavement. All of that with tons of rubber on wheels to produce even skidpad grip than the

But it’s still confusing, because you can approach a corner the way twice and get wildly different The Cayenne also has a habit of around under throttle. not that the throttle itself is the Cayenne’s whole back end around, seemingly indecisive as to corner it should direct quantities of torque. It’s at point that you realize in an SUV. The sensation of reality again on the straights, and then time to hit the brakes.

Hurtling the straights at GingerMan, we had to constantly ourselves that the Cayenne had the to backstop its power, its optional discs unflinchingly hauling it from almost 120 mph. is, incidentally, the only SUV available carbon-ceramic brakes. Don’t ask the Cayenne thinks it’s a car.

The Turbo has the atomic-frog of all Cayennes, its front bumper a bit like pursed lips. one wart on the front end, the eye for the optional active cruise is hacked into the egg-crate like an afterthought. And we could do the Sport Design package, because of its bi-plane rear top of the other excesses, it’s a much.

Compared with the Mercedes, the has the better interior, despite its console’s case of button (And despite an optional lever that looks a big, funky alien Smooth black leather the beltline, a coat of Alcantara on and nice bright details in classy, comfortable, and feels a Porsche should. It’s Porsche pricey. The Turbo’s sticker of $109,725 was set to High II with an option total of Bigger-ticket items include the ceramic brakes, a $5320 Package Plus, the $4570 Design package, and $3990 for a sound system by Burmester. The trailer hitch seemed a no-brainer by comparison.

And that-towing-is one the Cayenne can do that the Mercedes It’s rated to tow a considerable the same 7716 pounds as other auto-trans Cayenne. trained-as-an-engineer road-test editor not to tow his boat 10 miles with it, as he was afraid to scratch the pristine Our road-test editor is a strange but then, this is a strange

1st Place — Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG

Mercedes has been making E-Classes for ages, and equally wagon versions for almost as It’s tradition. This one 60 in 3.8 seconds, just a few tenths off a 911 Carrera S, an actual sports But neither the 911 nor the E63 sedan can match the 57.4 cubic feet of space. (Porsche’s off-roading crisis beats it by just three cubic feet.) the marriage of practicality and insanity makes the AMG wagon a glorious, contradiction. It’s the most. the everything. It wins by virtue of its existence.

But where, you might be asking, is the Surely AMG’s high-po SUV would be a more sensible for the Cayenne. We’ll remind you sensible only applies to the of seats and shapes of these Also, we just plain the five-door E63 better than its brother. So there.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate

It’s kind of emotional decision leads to the purchase of a 500-hp anyway. There’s no better way to upwards of $100,000 on a comfortable that’s ready to eat up a track the you arrive. Compared with an E-class wagon, the E63 is the right of different: The engine is amazing and a fantastic noise; the wet-clutch, seven-speed automatic feels the suspension is tied down; and the just looks killer on sensible-by-comparison 19-inch wheels.

For the E63 swapped its 6.2-liter, naturally V-8 for a 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged engine makes 518 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. In the than too much is barely category, the E63 we took to GingerMan was with the AMG Performance pack, bumps output to 550 hp and 590 lb-ft of It also includes a higher limiter (186 mph instead of a carbon-fiber engine cover, red for the otherwise unchanged brake and a nifty Alcantara steering That adds $6550 to the of this $93,305 vehicle. worth every penny.

brakes would have an extra $12,625 here, the Porsche’s stoppers almost like a bargain. Would have made a difference killing the Benz’s price Perhaps. As it stood, though, the beat the Cayenne’s braking from both 60 and 80 mph. The was slight, in spite of the E63 weighing 635 less.

Like the Cayenne Turbo, the E63 air springs, but here only on the axle. The ride height selectable, although there are settings for damper firmness. it’s rear-wheel drive, the to make drifty sideways happen.

While the Cayenne has a of the button club on its center the E63 keeps the switches and choices to a A knob lets the driver a shift and throttle calibration-Comfort, Sport +, or Manual-and there’s a to select from the soft, and stiffest suspension modes. and stability get a button, and there’s an AMG that selects a preset and suspension setup. That’s it.

simplicity carries over to the of the E’s interior. The materials are a down on many surfaces, the hard, inexpensive-seeming door and trim; our test example was up with optional carbon-fiber replacing the standard wood. The has amazing seats, mostly of active air bladders that you in place when cornering. massage function didn’t Our biggest interior gripe: The top of the wheel blocks the top of the speedo and the indicators.

Little of that though. The E63 is loud at the right its suspension is stiff without uncomfortable; its steering is alive. And it’ll bomb down the comfortably for days, the E63 wakes up on the

Throttle response is near-instant; turbo lag leads to maximum rotation. For those so inclined, also a launch-control function calls it Race Start) will rev the engine and drop the clutch for a crisp getaway. We able to improve on its results at the track with some brake-torqueing, but in any mode, the Benz’s shifts more crisply the Porsche’s. It too can be slow, however, and shifts are difficult to time of the paddles’ leisurely reaction. But is a minor complaint. It’s a That drifts.

In this beast, Mercedes has a car that we want to drive in any Forever. One staffer said he to buy a gun just to keep anyone taking the E63’s keys. claimed that he wanted his procession to be made up of 100 of these These are otherwise sensible but then, hot station wagons us think terrible thoughts.

A like this may not happen AMG’s E is about to go all-wheel and any day now, Porsche is bound to that the Cayenne is indeed an SUV and the plug on the whole thing. For brief moment in automotive a seemingly impossible kind of was possible. Our lives are better for it.

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