Top 10 most powerful German cars on sale today

by | May 2, 2022 - 8:26AM | Cars

Supercar Blondie's Alex Hirschi stands next to the Audi E-Tron

The German car industry has always been led by three things: technology, innovation and power.

If a car is class-leading in any of those categories, there’s a decent chance it’s German.

The German horsepower wars have been going on for decades. And even in the age of electrification and changing habits in general car ownership, they’re still stronger than ever.

But which are the top contenders at the moment? We guarantee you’ll be fairly surprised at a few on this top 10 list.

10. Maybach S680 – 612hp

Germany’s answer to Rolls Royce has forever been renowned for its silky smooth powertrains. But no matter how silent and serene the 6.0 litre V12 engine is, it generates a bomb of power.

612 majestic horsepower and this 2.8-tonne mega yacht can go from 0-60 in 4.3 seconds. That’s some serious go for a car like this.

Perhaps an ultra-luxury limousine was always going to make a top power list. After all, they need it to shift all that weight!

READ MORE: The coolest offroader in the world costs $135,000 and doubles as a boat

9. Porsche Panamera Turbo S – 630hp

The 4-door supercar from Porsche disrupted the market back in 2009 as an exotic alternative to the likes of the big three. The Turbo S updated from 2021 is the Panamera’s ultimate form.

630hp makes this practical Porsche more powerful than the Carrera GT. It’s quicker too with a 0-60 time of just under 3 seconds!

Porsche was always going to put up a good fight to make the most dominant car in class. The Panamera Turbo S certainly fits that criteria very neatly. And best of all? You can have it in estate form, so your dog can be thrilled by the power too.

8. BMW M5 CS – 635hp

For nearly 40 years, the BMW M5 has been the ultimate dish in the fast sedan recipe. From the buzz of the early straight-six cars to the V10 howler, there is an M5 for everyone.

The ultimate of all however is the latest M5, the CS.

With 635hp on tap, this is the most powerful M series car BMW has ever made. And by far, the most extreme in terms of ethos.

An M5 was always going to be a runner-up for Germany’s most powerful car. We are therefore, very pleased to report that trend hasn’t changed.

7. Audi RS E-Tron GT – 637hp

With nearly 640hp, the RS E-Tron GT churns out nearly as much power as a Lamborghini Huracan Performante.

Considering nobody ever thought that it lacked in punch, it’s fair to say the beast from Ingolstadt isn’t what you’d call sluggish.

And how fascinating that it makes the list over its twin-turbo V8-powered siblings.

6. Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT – 640hp

Who would’ve predicted that one of the most powerful Porsche GT products would be an SUV? It’s fair to say that the answer is not many, but here we are.

The Cayenne Turbo GT is the most extreme flavour of the Cayenne ever made. And it has the powertrain to suit. The 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 is pretty much the same as the Lamborghini Urus’ and churns out an enormous 640hp.

Like the Urus, it’s also stiffened from the bare bones. So, that on track, it does its utmost to be as un-SUV as humanly possible. And there’s solid evidence of that with a 7:38 lap time around the Nurburgring Nordschleife.

Whether you’re a fan of SUVs or not, this car is quite an engineering masterpiece.

5. Porsche 911 Turbo S – 640hp

The mid-1970s saw the introduction of the forced-inducted icon from Stuttgart. The early 930-generation 911 Turbos were pretty synonymous with being slightly dangerous, but five decades down the line and we have the uber-refined 992 model.

It’s a vast improvement over previous generations. With speed capable of re-adjusting your heart rate and grip that stiffens your muscles, the 911 Turbo was always a world-beater and still is.

The 640hp twin-turbocharged flat-six engine is quite down on numbers compared to rival cars from Italy. But it still makes the list of the most powerful Germans without breaking a sweat.

4. Mercedes AMG GT Black Series – 730hp

The Black Series iteration of Mercedes’ AMG GT is very different to any AMG that preceded it. While the brand may have been born on the race circuit, barely any road cars followed suit.

Until now.

The AMG GT Black uses a flat-plane crankshaft in its clever 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged V8. The unit itself is derived from GT3 racing and it churns out an enormous 730hp. For a spot of context, that’s around 170 more than the then-most powerful AMG GT-R.

You can bet that whenever a Black Series Merc is in production, it’ll always be one of the most powerful German cars on the market.

3. Porsche Taycan Turbo S – 760hp

As per the Audi from earlier, the most powerful car Porsche currently makes is also absent of internal combustion.

And before you can say 918 Spyder, that went out of production seven years ago. Meaning at the moment, the full-EV is the current boss.

760hp makes the Taycan Turbo S substantially more powerful than the 911 Turbo S. But at the same time, it’s also substantially heavier at a mighty 2.3 tonnes…

2. Mercedes AMG GT 63S E-Performance – 831hp

Quite a catchy name, isn’t it? Nevertheless, it seems that Porsche’s neighbours at Mercedes are obsessed with power at the moment. Paired with F1-derived electric motors, the gigantic 831hp is mated to a torque output of over 1,000 lb.ft.

Those are pretty serious numbers for not only a 4-door sedan, but for the motor industry in general. The 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged V8 has 630hp on its own, but the 201hp electric powertrain system makes all the difference in outright oomph.

The GT63S E-Performance AMG (whichever way round it is), has to be one of the most insane production cars ever to come out of Germany. And in classic German fashion, it still retains a remarkable sense of subtlety.

1. Brabus 900 – 900hp

The 900 range in Brabus‘ portfolio represents everything that’s mad, but oh so lovable about one of the best German auto tuners.

As per the name, any of the 900 cars are equipped with 900hp versions of Mercedes AMG’s V8 (expanded to 4.5 litres rather than 4.0) or V12 engines. Making for an unforgettable sense of power when thundering down the autobahn as everyone watches in envy.

A ‘regular’ AMG is driven by someone who had achieved something. A Brabus 900 on the other hand? Well, those will be driven by those who achieved everything.

WATCH:

FOLLOW US ON
FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS

Related Posts

Check this out

Mercedes and Virgil Abloh create the most luxury off-roader ever

Mercedes and Virgil Abloh create the most luxury off-roader ever

At almost 6 metres long and decked out with its very own axe, the hotly anticipated Project Maybach is finally here.  Mercedes-Benz today officially launched its coupe concept in honor of fashion designer Virgil Abloh, who died from cancer in November last year....

16 most unhinged things mechanics have seen roll into the shop

16 most unhinged things mechanics have seen roll into the shop

It's safe to say every mechanic out there would have their fair share of stories to tell. From rust and dangerously bald tires to animals and dodgy DIY repairs, some mechanics have seen it all. Fortunately (or unfortunately) thanks to the power of Reddit, the just...

Tech guru builds remote-controlled KITT from Knight Rider

Tech guru builds remote-controlled KITT from Knight Rider

KITT is one of the most famous cars ever seen on TV screens, and this guy just built his own RC version of it controlled by an old-school Super Nintendo controller. For the '80s and '90s kids, your dream car was either KITT or the DeLorean from Back to the Future. And...

James Bond stuntwoman’s mind-blowing test of new Range Rover Sport

James Bond stuntwoman’s mind-blowing test of new Range Rover Sport

There's a new Range Rover Sport and what better way to show it off than a James Bond-style stunt. Land Rover decided to demonstrate the 2023's raw power by having official James Bond stunt driver Jessica Hawkins drive it up the flowing spillway of Kárahnjúkar Dam in...

Vietnamese mates make a Bugatti Chiron from clay and fiberglass

Vietnamese mates make a Bugatti Chiron from clay and fiberglass

Owning a $3.3 million Bugatti Chiron is something many dream of, but even fewer will ever actually realize as only 500 will be made. However that hasn't stopped a group of friends from a small rural village in Vietnam from achieving that dream as they took matters...

This dad built his son a Lamborghini Vision GT in 96 days

This dad built his son a Lamborghini Vision GT in 96 days

This doting dad has taken on an ambitious task and built his son a Lamborghini Vision GT in just 96 days. The incredible feat was documented in a 14-minute video by YouTuber ND - Woodworking Art. Lamborghini created the original concept car after it was designed for...

F1 world champ Max Verstappen’s insane mud buggy stunt

F1 world champ Max Verstappen’s insane mud buggy stunt

Things are heating up in Florida ahead of the much-anticipated debut Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix, and Red Bull ace Max Verstappen is getting into the Florida spirit ahead of the race. The team has taken to Instagram to showcase reigning world champion Verstappen...

Conor McGregor shows off his new custom $4m Lamborghini yacht

Conor McGregor shows off his new custom $4m Lamborghini yacht

Former UFC champion Conor McGregor has taken to Instagram to show off his new Lamborghini yacht, which he dubs the "supercar of the sea." Having waited to take delivery of the yacht for nearly a year now, the Irish fighter couldn't wait to get behind the wheel of the...

Tesla boss Elon Musk buys Twitter in $44 billion deal

Tesla boss Elon Musk buys Twitter in $44 billion deal

Tesla billionaire Elon Musk will be the new owner of Twitter. After lengthy negotiations with the social media giant's board, Musk's proposed bid of about $44 billion was accepted. "Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town...

Rare $7,500 Porsche Design watch is inspired by Top Gun

Rare $7,500 Porsche Design watch is inspired by Top Gun

Porsche Design has launched a new chronograph inspired by a very specific 1972 model that collectors have been lusting after for decades. It ain't exactly cheap, coming in with a hefty price tag in excess of $7500, but it may be worth it because this is a collector's...

Ferrari Roma unofficial renderings depict a race-ready supercar

Ferrari Roma unofficial renderings depict a race-ready supercar

There's a pretty cool set of renderings doing the rounds of a race version of the Ferrari Roma. As you can see, it looks like an absolute beast. Called the Roma XX, the supercar features an aggressive aerodynamic package, a lowered suspension, and other tweaks here...

‘Sounds like a laxative’: 14 hilarious Fast X fan reactions

‘Sounds like a laxative’: 14 hilarious Fast X fan reactions

The family is back, living their lives a quarter of a mile at a time. Fast and Furious megastar Vin Diesel, who plays Dominic Toretto, has announced the title of the 10th movie installment in the multibillion-dollar franchise, confirming it’ll be named Fast X....

Denzel Washington’s Porsche sells for more than $400,000

Denzel Washington’s Porsche sells for more than $400,000

Denzel Washington's classic Porsche 911 Turbo sold on Bring a Trailer for a little more than $400,000, and there's a story behind that final price. The new owner paid exactly $405,993 after 29 bids, and that's the magic number: 993. READ MORE: $600k Rolls-Royce...

A new Lamborghini is coming and it’s a V10: What we know so far

A new Lamborghini is coming and it’s a V10: What we know so far

This is the first image of the new Lamborghini and it has us hyped. Sure, it's a vague and shadowy photograph that only gives you a glimpse at the rear end of the car. But that's more than enough to set the internet ablaze when we're talking about a new Lambo. And...

Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster to go all-electric by 2025

Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster to go all-electric by 2025

Porsche has announced huge plans for its 718 Boxster and Cayman line-up and it involves electric power. The German manufacturer said the mid-engine sports cars will be all-electric by 2025. This update comes after a long period of uncertainty over what powerplant...

5 cars with truly horrible names – what were they thinking?

5 cars with truly horrible names – what were they thinking?

There's a very good reason why legacy brands like Audi, BMW and Mercedes stick to alphanumeric names for their cars. Naming cars is a tricky business, you either get it just right and build a Jensen Interceptor or the Dodge Viper, or you get it spectacularly wrong and...

We can’t take our eyes off the gorgeous Aston Martin V12 Vantage

We can’t take our eyes off the gorgeous Aston Martin V12 Vantage

Aston Martin this month unveiled its highly anticipated V12 Vantage and we've been transfixed by it ever since. The V12 Vantage has been an Aston Martin staple for the past fifteen years but this latest edition will be the final one in the Aston Martin bloodline. To...

Top 5 highlights from the 2022 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix

Top 5 highlights from the 2022 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix

Formula 1 is back with a new season, new drivers and, crucially, new technical regulations. Teams are now allowed to do what they want with their cars unless otherwise stated. The thing is, the 'otherwise stated' section is packed with stringent requirements, which...

Tony Stewart is selling his Indiana Hidden Hollow Ranch

Tony Stewart is selling his Indiana Hidden Hollow Ranch

As a former racing driver and current Nascar team owner, Tony Stewart is comfortable when it comes to his wealth. When you have as much money as he does, you’re probably going to spend it on a seriously epic house. Well, that’s exactly what he did and that house...

Minecraft gamer composes a classical song using the game’s blocks

Minecraft gamer composes a classical song using the game’s blocks

A Minecraft gamer has composed a classical song using the game's blocks, putting even the work of artists such as Lewis Capaldi and Ed Sheeran to shame. The song composed is called 'Flight of the Redstone' - a spin-off of Rimsky Korsakov's 'Flight of the Bumblebee'...

The weirdest, coolest 3-wheeler in the world has just been upgraded

The weirdest, coolest 3-wheeler in the world has just been upgraded

The Slingshot is a retro-futuristic, Batmobile-looking three-wheeler made by Polaris and now there's a new, improved model called the Signature LE. The spectacular three-tone exterior combines black and red paint with matte bronze accents, and is of course fitted with...

Volvo to release 5 brand new electric vehicles

Volvo to release 5 brand new electric vehicles

Swedish car maker Volvo is accelerating at full speed towards an electric future. As part of its recently announced plans to go fully electric by 2030, Volvo has also revealed that it will release five brand new electric vehicles. The automaker confirmed that the...

8 films where you just have to root for the villain

8 films where you just have to root for the villain

Usually we want the good guys to win. But from time to time, a film comes along where you just can't help but root for the villain. Be it because the villainous actor is so brilliant, the main hero isn't cutting the mustard or we're just channelling our inner Sith...

5 video games that deserved sequels and never got them

5 video games that deserved sequels and never got them

The video game industry is much like the movie industry. You can have a hit game loved by both fans and critics alike, but sometimes the stars don’t align and the series ends on a high note with no sequel - much to fans' frustration. So we’ve gathered a list of games...