Top 10 super saloons from the '90s

Article by Christian A., on July 17, 2017

Any car that boasts a two-decade lifespan is quite an impressive feat ---- not only for the brand, but also for those who still have them. With blazing horsepower hiding beneath the surface, these four-door Super saloons continue to be the most practical cars to use every single day.

And the top 10 goes to...

1. Alpina B12 6.0-liter with 430 hp

Based on BMW’s E38 and with a curb weight of 4,118 lbs (1,868 kg), the Alpina B12 packs a hefty 430 hp (424 bhp/ 316kw) power and 442 lb-ft (600Nm) of torque. Amongst its greatest contenders were the Mercedes-Benz CLS 55 AMG, Audi RS4, Jaguar XF SV8 and the BMW M5.

2. Brabus EV12 with 582 hp

Brabus turns the standard Mercedes-Benz E-Class into a hardcore, trailblazing maniac that speeds off at 205 mph (330 km/h). Probably the fastest four-door saloon on the list, the Brabus E V12 packs an awesome 582 hp and 575 lb-ft (780 Nm) of torque.

3. Mercedes-Benz S70 AMG with 525 hp

This could be the S-Class you might not have heard much about. The W140 Mercedes-Benz S70 AMG packs an incredible 7.3-liter engine with up to 525 hp. It can go from zero-60 mph (0-100 km/h) in as quick as 5.2 seconds before reaching a top speed of 187mph (300 km/h).

4. AMG HAMMER with 375 hp

Pitted closely to the likes of Lamborghini Countach, Ferrari Testarossa, the Porsche 911 Turbo and the Chevrolet Corvette, the Hammer packs an explosively powerful 6.0-liter 375 hp engine that can go from a zero to 60 mph in just a matter of 5 seconds. This AMG-modified Mercedes-Benz W124 E-Class can hit the quarter mile at merely 13.5 seconds before topping off at 178mph.

5. Bentley Arnage Red Label with 405 hp

Introduced in 1999, Bentley’s Arnage Red Label has a specially developed Cosworth 6.75-liter turbocharged Garret T4 V8 engine. It boasts a powerful 405 hp and 616 (835 Nm) lb-ft of torque, a 6.3 seconds acceleration time (0- 62 mph) and 250 km/h (155.3 mph) top speed.

6. Audi S8 with 355 hp

This Audi S8 originally comes with 335hp. Eventually, the enhanced 4.3 liter V8 engine boasts a more impressive 355hp. Thanks to the newly added intake valve it received in 1999.

7. Maserati Quattroporte with 336 hp

To those who can recall, the 4th generation Quattroporte came with a not so impressive 2.8-liter bi-turbo V6 engine capable of only 284 hp. Thankfully, the Italian car manufacturer later on added this 3.2-liter V8 with up to 336 hp into the lineup.

8. Jaguar XJR with 370 hp

This four-door luxury sedan can whip out a powerful 370 hp (375PS) and 387 (525Nm) lb-ft of torque, allowing it to accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 5.4 seconds. Not only that. The Jaguar XJR can reach a quarter mile in 13.7 seconds before hitting a 155mph (249km/h) top speed.

9. Lotus Carlton / Omega GSi3000 with 382 hp

Its first production started in the early nineties following Omega’s first market release. Backed up by Lotus’ 3.6-liter twin turbo 6 cylinder with up to 382 hp, this four door sports saloon boasts a top speed of 177 mph (285 km/h).

10. BMW M5 E39 with 400 hp

Branded as BMW M5 E39, this four-door luxury car was first put into production in 1998 before BMW ended it in 2004. The M5 E39 was famous for beating the Transcontinental Cannonball record time of 31:04 with Alex Roy on the driver's seat.

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