Brief Trumps: M5 Comp vs AMG E 63 S vs RS6

To keep this exercise as simple as possible, we’re going to be comparing the BMW M5 Competition sedan, Mercedes-Benz AMG E 63 S Sedan and Audi RS6 Avant. Since the Audi only presents in wagon form and historically the other two are sold in mostly in sedan shape, we’re keeping it simple and comparing what we’ll be seeing on the road.

In this historical article for The Drivers Briefing, we’ll be comparing the performance stats (claimed), our opinions on the design, both exterior and interior, the technical features and also our general feeling, call it lust, for each car.

Based on this very scientific exercise, you should be able to ascertain which one deserves a spot in your garage.

Performance Stats

M5 Competition

PowerTorque0-100km/h
460kW800Nm3.3sec

9,5/10

AMG E 63 S

PowerTorque0-100km/h
450kW850Nm3.4sec

9/10

RS6

PowerTorque0-100km/h
441kW800Nm3.6sec

8,5/10

Based purely on the claimed figures, it seems the BMW takes the early lead with the performance figures. Where both the BMW and Mercedes-Benz trump the Audi is the tyre smoking capability. Both can be set to be rear-wheel drive drifting machines whereas the Audi sticks to their all-wheel drive roots

Exterior Design

M5 Competition

7,5/10

The new M5 is not an average looking car by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, any car enthusiast will still twist their neck (rather fast too) to check it out when driving by. It still is a cool sports sedan. Only in comparison to the others, does it lack a bit of the aggressive design that is the trend.

All in all, its cool but slightly subdued.

AMG E 63 S

8/10

With the recent styling updates the AMG E 63 S went up a bit in our books.

Never not being good looking, it had some legacy issues that it had to contend with. From all angles it looks more aggressive and keen. Only downfall is that “common folk” won’t see the difference between the C, E or S class.

We like Merc’s new design trend. It can be a bit too-much-of-the-same at time.

RS 6

9/10

The only thing the Audi RS6 needs on that huge grill is some saliva hanging out the sides. There’s some contention around the massive grill trend but Audi doesn’t just make it work, they make it look incredibly cool too.

The RS6 looks angry, hungry and I swear if you turn your back to it, it snarls.

Best looking wagon ever and we love that it looks like it will eat your other cars in the garage.

Interior Design

M5 Competition

8/10

BMW’s interiors as a whole are solid, well built and very pleasing to be in.

It practical, sporty an all-round great place to be. Compared to most other BMW designs, the M models aren’t that much sportier than one would expect. BMW plays it safe and scores a respectable 8.

AMG 63 S

9/10

Its a close race to the finish between the AMG and RS car here.

Mercedes-Benz arguably have the best looking interior designs in the segment. A good mixture of Mercedes class and high tech give it a great ergonomic feel while giving you much to brag about with your mates.

RS6

8,5/10

The simplistic approach Audi has taken is working wonders for them.

Sporty RS seats stand out with the flat-bottom steering wheel. The flow of the dash with the screens give it a futuristic feel while keeping it elegant.

I only loses to the AMG because those seats are absolutely glorious.

Specification

M5

8,5/10

AMG 63 S

8,5/10

RS6

8,5/10

All are extremely well-spec’d and to choose would come down to personal taste most likely. Each one has their own merit and to be honest, you’d be perfectly happy with any of them. In a perfect world, I’d have the simplicity of the Audi, with the Mercedes-Benz’s layout and the BMW iDrive system.

Desirability

Desirability comes down to how much you want it. It encompasses street credit, ego, performance, bragging rights and how it makes your private bits feel.

M5

7,5/10

The BMW is let down a bit due to its more subdued design. Performance aside, it is just lacking a little behind the competition here.

AMG 63 S

8/10

Although the updated Mercedes-Benz E-Class design has evolved away from being for grey-haired gentlemen exclusively, it now blends in all too well with the smaller models in the line-up.
Even the wagon model seems dull in comparison with our winner here.

RS6

9,5

From every perceivable angle the RS6 is just boss. It may be slightly behind in power and can’t be used as a rear-wheel drive only tyre-shredding monster, the package as a whole is unique, stands out more and is, in our humble opinion, the most desirable car here.

After much deliberation, we can conclude that the Audi RS6 is the winner of the first Brief Trumps. As expected, this was always a close race between these three. Each one has their own merit and every car won a category but in the end, we preferred the Audi as it is a standout car with performance, quality and spec to back it up

Conclusion

PerformanceExteriorInteriorSpecDesirabilityAverage
M59,5/107,5/108/108,5/107,5/108,2/10
AMG E 63 S9/108/109/108,5/108/108,5/10
RS68,5/109,5/108,5/108,5/109,5/108,8/10