Just how quick was the fastest sedan in the world in 1992? The famous Porsche-built Mercedes-Benz 500E races the fastest wagons on the planet: the E34 BMW M5 Touring and the Audi RS2 Avant, which was also constructed by Porsche!
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Veteran automotive reporter Jason Cammisa and SCCA hall-of-fame race-car chauffeur Randy Pobst line up and race the Mercedes 500E (known later as the E500) versus the RS 2 and M5, and the results are surprising. Will the Mercedes' 4-speed automatic kill its possibilities versus the 2 other handbooks– a five-speed in the M5 and a six-speed in the Audi?
And what's with the six-cylinder E320 dogleg manual wagon and its DOHC 24V 3.2-liter straight-six?
The 3.8-liter S38 is the most significant straight-six that BMW has actually ever made, and it produced 340 PS (335 hp) at a crazy, independent-throttle-body shouting 6900 rpm. The Audi's much-smaller 2.2-liter, 20-valve turbo five-cylinder made 315 PS (311 hp), and the 5.0-liter quad-cam, DOHC 32V Mercedes V-8 made 326 PS (322 hp) however had variable valve timing so it creamed the others on torque.
The next concern is: can any of these 1990s legends stay up to date with today's slowest cars, the ND2 Mazda MX-5 Miata? You'll be amazed by the result.
0:00 Purple Manual Wagons– and a 500E.
0:50 Hagerty Motorist's Club Offer.
1:11 E34 M5 Visiting Specifications and Information.
2:06 Audi RS2 Avant Specs and Details.
2:41 Mercedes-Benz S124 E320T 5-speed Dogleg Specs and Info.
3:11 Mercedes-Benz W124 500E/E500 Specifications and Details.
4:15 1/4-mile: 500E vs RS2 vs M5.
5:28 Walkback: How is the 500E so fast?
6:40 Launching and racing the E34 M5.
7:40 AWD launch in the RS2– plus turbo lag in the 1/4-mile.
9:06 Jason and Randy kiss their own Valentine 1 radar detectors.
9:56 ND2 Miata vs Mercedes 500E 1/4-mile drag race.
11:16 Drag Race Outcomes Leaderboard.
11:25 Conclusion: power-to-weight is wrong!