Forget about Mayweather and McGregor and get the best seats for the five-round bout of the year while you still can!
The Audi A7 leads a high value line-up of not two, but four superb German motors battling for the competitive heavyweight division title of Best Coupé Saloon.
There aren’t many contenders for this prestigious division belt, and as the ferocious foursome step into the ring with their gloves on, we can look forward to a final decision on which one is the best pound-for-pound coupé-saloon out there!
The fighters have entered the ring! Before any punches are thrown, let’s take a look at first impressions.
Audi A7 has been in production since 2010, and it still looks contemporary thanks to a few design updates. The sloping roofline gives it a dynamic, flowing look, and out of the four, Audi is the most elegant one.
As a derivative of the BMW 6 Coupé, the BMW Gran Coupé is also very low-slung, yet far more aggressive and muscular looking. Its menacing grille is surely intimidating to the other fighters in the ring.
The Mercedes-Benz CLS has tried really hard with its looks since 2005, with a second generation launched in 2011, followed by a 2014 facelift. It now possesses the perfect balance of brute strength and defined muscle.
Finally, the second generation Panamera debuted in 2017 with less fat and more lean, finally looking like a proper sports saloon rather than a very expensive whale on wheels!
The Audi A7 3.0 BiTDI Quattro has 320 hp and 479 lb/ft of torque, which is enough punching power to propel it to 155 MPH.
With 313 hp, the BMW 640d is powered by a TwinTurbo inline six which also packs some punching power with 464 lb/ft of torque – enough for a top speed of 155 MPH too.
Weighing in at 258 hp, the CLS 350d is powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 with 457 lb/ft of torque. Its top speed is also electronically limited to 155 MPH.
The Panamera 4S Diesel is the hardest puncher with 422 hp and 627 lb/ft of torque coming from the 4.0-litre V8 which, on paper, is enough to knock all its opponents out cold. With a top speed of 177 MPH, the Panamera is also the quickest puncher.
Dodging the most dangerous blows requires state-of-the-art safety systems to prevent hard hitting damage.
The Audi A7 heavily relies on the Quattro system. Combined with electronic aids, the A7 is almost impossible to get knocked out, especially in the most unforgiving circumstances. Add the Blind Spot Monitor and you’ll find it hard to sneak anything past this boxer.
Also benefitting from 4-wheel drive, the Panamera 4S stays firmly stuck to the road too, and with a rear body air bag as standard, it could be in the running to win this round.
While the Gran Coupé may seem fighting fit, features such as lane-departure warning, pedestrian recognition, night vision, and 360o camera are only available as options, making it unreliable as a real contender in this round.
Small rear windows of the Mercedes CLS mean that its peripheral view may be a bit lacking and with Blind Spot Assistance, Active Lane-keeping Assistance and Junction Assistance available as options, we fear it could be a case of too little too late!
To meet and greet the undisputed champion of the automotive world, visit your local Swansway Group Audi dealership, and treat yourself with a knockout deal that will leave you feeling like No. 1!
*Combined fuel consumption figure, obtained under standardised EU test conditions may not be the actual fuel consumption achieved in ‘real world’ driving conditions.