In our last Would You Rather, we watched the Porsche 911 GT3 RS edge out the Mercedes-AMG GT R in a battle of barely tamed racecars for the road . This week we’re pitting another pair of Germans against each other, but this time there are a few more doors involved.

With its sleeker looks and supercar-like performance figures, the second-generation Porsche Panamera looks very promising, especially in Turbo guise. But it’s not the only five-door grand tourer on the Autobahn. The Audi RS 7 has the power and performance to to backup is imposing looks, which is why it’s had this niche segment cornered for a few years now.

Which one should you take on a very rapid carpool run?


LOOKS: The first-gen Panamera wasn’t to everyone’s liking, but 2017 iteration sports a sleeker roofline, 911-esque rear and those really cool four-point headlamps, which have recently become a styling queue across the Porsche range.

LOOKS: With its flared wheel arches and vast front air intakes, the RS 7 is certainly an angry-looking thing. Pictures don’t really do it justice. It has the swagger of much more exotic machinery.

LOOKS: The Panamera is the more understated of the two, but we love the RS 7’s aggression.


Porsche Panamera Turbo: 0


Audi RS 7: 1





DRIVETRAIN: The 2017 Panamera Turbo gets a new “Hot-V” 4.0-liter V8 with twin turbos mounted within the engine “V”. It produces 550-horsepower at 5,750 rpm and 567 lb-ft of torque at 1,960 rpm. It features all-wheel-drive and a cylinder deactivation mode that imperceptibly shuts down four cylinders, improving fuel efficiency by 30 percent.

DRIVETRAIN: Opting for the Performance variant means your RS 7’s 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 will produce a stonking 605-horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque, and like the Porsche, it also features all-wheel-drive and cylinder deactivation tech.

DRIVETRAIN: If these drivetrains seem suspiciously similar, that’s because they are. As you might know, Audi and Porsche are under the same corporate umbrella, meaning they share many common components. The RS 7 is the more powerful of the two for now, but faster Panameras are surely in the pipeline.


Porsche Panamera Turbo: 0


Audi RS 7: 2





PERFORMANCE: Shortly after its unveiling the Panamera did an astounding 7 minutes 38 second lap around the Nürburgring, which is stupid fast for anything with more than two doors. Additionally, it does 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds.

PERFORMANCE: The RS 7 has never set an official Nürburgring time, but we don’t imagine there would be much in it against the Panamera. With a 3.6-second 0-60 time and 190-mph top speed, straight-line speed is identical to the Porsche.

PERFORMANCE: Predictably, performance is nearly identical between the two, so we’re calling this a tie.


Porsche Panamera Turbo: 1


Audi RS 7: 3





INTERIOR: The first-generation Panamera’s interior had more buttons than the NASA Mission Control Center. Thankfully, these have been replaced with touch-sensitive surfaces on the center console. Two 7-inch high-resolution displays serve as driver instrumentation, and a central 12.3-inch display provides the info-tainment.

INTERIOR: Introduced in 2014 the RS 7 has the sportier of the two interiors, with Alcantara, leather and carbon-fiber surfaces, but it can’t match the Panamera’s bang-up-to-date user interface.

INTERIOR: Two years is a long time these days when it comes to interior tech.


Porsche Panamera Turbo: 2


Audi RS 7: 3






Close call, but the RS 7’s more aggressive nature gets it the win. Let us know which you would rather take home on our Facebook page.


 

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