Choosing a car such as this is no trivial task, however, so read on for some suggestions to consider when it comes to Balancing Performance and Practicality. Mercedes is one of the big contenders in this arena, offering beefed-up AMG versions of almost every member of their vehicle lineup. As an “entry” level into this exclusive club, the C63 AMG four door sedan is a prime candidate.
Featuring a German handcrafted 6.3L V8 and a 7-speed quick-shifting automatic transmission, getting to 60 miles per hour is handily accomplished in 4.4 seconds thanks for 451 horsepower going to the rear wheels. Sport-tuned exhaust, high-performance brakes and AMG sport suspension ensure that you will be hard-pressed to keep your foot off the pedal around twisty roads.
Standard conveniences like heated leather front seats, keyless ignition and Bluetooth connectivity neatly finish off this luxury performance package. Another European offering new for 2014 is the Audi RS7. A step above the already-quick S7, this model is driven by a 4.0L Turbocharged V8 powering Audi’s signature quattro all-wheel-drive system. Delivering supercar-level performance with a 0 to 60 time of 3.7 seconds, the RS7 still manages to offer a spacious trunk and four doors.
Like Mercedes, Audi offers S and RS variants of many of their models. General Motors wasn’t going to be left out of the performance bracket of luxury vehicles, so several years ago they created the Cadillac CTS-V. Today it has evolved into a 556 horsepower beast thanks to a supercharged 6.2L V8.
An electronic stability control system coupled with Brembo brakes round out its performance profile while still featuring standard navigation, leather seats and a rear vision camera. Don’t hoard the excitement though; bring your whole family along for the ride. Why else make a performance sedan?