2010 BMW 760Li, Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, Porsche Panamera Turbo Comparison

Andrew Yeadon
2010 Mercedes Benz S63, BMW 760Li, Porsche Panamera Turbo

BMW 760Li
Price (base/as tested) $139,125/$154,925

ENGINE 48-valve DOHC twin-turbo V-12
DISPLACEMENT 6.0 liters (364 cu in)
HORSEPOWER 535 hp @ 5250 rpm
TORQUE 550 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm
TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic
DRIVE Rear-wheel

STEERING Power-assisted rack-and-pinion
SUSPENSION, FRONT Control arms, coil springs
SUSPENSION, REAR Multilink, coil springs
BRAKES Vented discs, ABS
TIRES Goodyear Excellence
TIRE SIZE F, R 245/40YR-20, 275/35YR-20

L x W x H 205.3 x 74.9 x 58.3 in
WHEELBASE 126.4 in
TRACK F/R 63.4/65.0 in
WEIGHT 5150 lb
EPA MILEAGE 13/19 mpg

0-60 MPH 4.8 sec
0-100 MPH 10.3 sec
0-120 MPH 14.7 sec
1/4-MILE 13.1 sec @ 113 mph
30-70 MPH PASSING 4.6 sec
SPEED IN GEARS 39/59/88/110/142/147/140/140 mph
CORNERING L/R 0.89/0.86 g
70-0 MPH BRAKING 161 ft

MERCEDES-BENZ S63 AMG
Price (base/as tested) $137,425/$148,575

ENGINE 32-valve DOHC V-8
DISPLACEMENT 6.2 liters (379 cu in)
HORSEPOWER 518 hp @ 6800 rpm
TORQUE 465 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm
TRANSMISSION 7-speed automatic
DRIVE Rear-wheel

STEERING Power-assisted rack-and-pinion
SUSPENSION, FRONT Multilink, coil springs and hydraulic cylinders
SUSPENSION, REAR Multilink, coil springs and hydraulic cylinders
BRAKES Vented discs, ABS
TIRES Continental Sport Contact 2
TIRE SIZE F, R 255/35YR-20, 275/35YR-20

L x W x H 206.5 x 73.7 x 58.0 in
WHEELBASE 124.6 in
TRACK F/R 63.0/63.2 in
WEIGHT 4960 lb
EPA MILEAGE 11/18 mpg

0-60 MPH 4.8 sec
0-100 MPH 11.5 sec
0-120 MPH 16.2 sec
1/4-MILE 13.5 sec @ 108 mph
30-70 MPH PASSING 5.1 sec
SPEED IN GEARS 43/65/97/136/155/156/150 mph
CORNERING L/R 0.90/0.91 g
70-0 MPH BRAKING 160 ft

PORSCHE PANAMERA TURBO
Price (base/as tested) $133,575/$146,720

ENGINE 32-valve DOHC twin-turbo V-8
DISPLACEMENT 4.8 liters (293 cu in)
HORSEPOWER 500 hp @ 6000 rpm
TORQUE 516 lb-ft @ 2250 rpm
TRANSMISSION 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
DRIVE 4-wheel

STEERING Power-assisted rack-and-pinion
SUSPENSION, FRONT Control arms, coil springs
SUSPENSION, REAR Multilink, coil springs
BRAKES Vented discs, ABS
TIRES Michelin Pilot Sport PS2
TIRE SIZE F, R 255/45YR-19, 285/40YR-19

L x W x H 195.6 x 76.0 x 55.8 in
WHEELBASE 115.0 in
TRACK F/R 65.2/64.8 in
WEIGHT 4422 lb
EPA MILEAGE 15/23 mpg

0-60 MPH 3.5 sec
0-100 MPH 8.3 sec
0-120 MPH 11.8 sec
1/4-MILE 11.8 sec @ 120 mph
30-70 MPH PASSING 3.6 sec
SPEED IN GEARS 29/52/85/125/170/188/170 mph
CORNERING L/R 0.99/0.97 g
70-0 MPH BRAKING 157 ft

Tbone85
The summary of this article indicates that if you want to pretend that you're driving a large sports sedan then get the Benz. If you want actual performance, then the Porsche is vastly superior. I agree, there seems to be a strong effort to rationalize away a huge performance difference. If you don't like the way the car looks, great. Just don't pretend it makes sense to test a performance car in comfort mode to justify your aesthetic bias.
mo_pho
My god, the Porsche is impressive.
earlc
Seems a little odd that excuses were made to run the Panamera in 'comfort mode' to close the performance gap; and rationalizing the AWD vs. RWD to make the other cars seem as quick. Based on those parameters, wouldn't the comparison be about the same if you used a Panamera 4S for about 40K less? Pure performance numbers are closer; and you would not have had to make excuses to ignore the big difference in the performance of the cars.
chaetophile
All reviewers and designers seem to agree that the rear end of the Panamera is awkward and ungainly. Having seen the car in person, I have to throw out a voice of dissent. To my surprise, it's a graceful and balanced design. To my eye, it has a hint of Maserati in its blood. Could it be that all the journalists just needed something to hate?

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