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RS6 and the Panamera – Why South Africans should love wagons

I will often see an Italian supercar on my daily commutes.

An orange Lamborghini Huracan or a bright red Ferrari 488 GTB are always a nice sight to behold.

But, what gets me jumping out of my seat is the even-rarer “sports estate”.

The Audi RS4 Avant, Audi RS6 Avant, and the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo – these cars are beautiful, they have performance nearing that of supercars, and they rival most mid-size SUVs in cargo space.

It is therefore sad to see that the sports estate is a dying breed, with fewer brands releasing newer models locally.

BMW and Mercedes-Benz, for example, do not offer performance models in South Africa.

Fortunately, there are still a few gems on our roads.

Audi RS4 Avant

The newest addition on this list is the Audi RS4 Avant, producing 331kW and 600Nm from its 2.9-litre V6 engine – accelerating from 0-100km/h in 4.1 seconds.

It comes with luxury features as standard, such as the Audi virtual cockpit, RS interior trim, RS styling elements, and RS performance upgrades.

The loading area can be accessed by a foot motion under the rear bumper – and this opens up a 505-litre loading bay that can be extended to 1,510 litres when the rear seats are flat.

All of this can be had for a starting price of R1,211,500.

Audi RS6 Avant

If you had R1 million to spend on a car – as responsibly or recklessly as you want – what would you choose?

My answer: The Audi RS6 Avant.

It is the sole second-hand-only car on this list – with the new 2020 RS6 Avant not available in South Africa.

The RS6 packs a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine under its hood, capable of producing 412kW and 700Nm – pushing it from 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds.

The interior is feature-packed and still looks modern in 2020, with a loading space of 565 litres – up to 1,680 litres when the rear seats are folded flat.

The exterior is, arguably, the best part about this car – the angry front, the low stance, the wide rear, and the diamond cut alloys.

This car is badass.

Porsche Panamera

According to Porsche, this is technically a “sports saloon”, but with its wagon styling and the fact that it’s the main rival to the RS6, we can refer to it as a sports estate.

The range spans from the relatively tame Panamera – 243kW/450Nm – to the mind-boggling Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo – 515kW/870Nm.

The main competitor to the Audi RS6 Avant is then the Panamera GTS Sport Turismo.

This model is fitted with a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 353kW and 630Nm, able to accelerate it from 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds.

With 515 litres of loading space – up to 1,384 litres when the seats are folded flat – the Porsche has the least amount of cargo space on this list.

A starting price of R2,439,000 makes the Panamera the most expensive in this lineup.

What we’re missing out on

With few local offerings, we are missing out on a lot of waggony goodness available overseas.

These cars are not cheap, understandably so when looking at the specs, but what they offer compared to their closest non-wagon counterparts is unequalled.

Below are three awesome wagons I wish were available in South Africa.

Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S Wagon

  • Engine: 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8
  • Power/Torque: 450kW/850Nm
  • Acceleration (0-100km/h): 3.4s

Volvo V60 T8 Polestar

  • Engine: 2.0-litre super- and turbocharged Inline 4 + 2 electric motors
  • Power/Torque: 309kW/670Nm
  • Acceleration (0-100km/h): 4.4s

Jaguar XF Sportbrake R‑DYNAMIC HSE P300

  • Engine: 2.0-litre turbo 4-cylinder
  • Power/Torque: 221kW/400Nm
  • Acceleration (0-100km/h): 6.2s

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