2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 63S 4 Door X290 vs. 2019 Alpina B5 G30 and 2019 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid 971

   
2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 63S 4 Door X290 vs. 2019 Alpina B5 G30 and 2019 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid 971 2019 Alex Tapley and Drive-My EN/UK

AMG’s GT 4 Door aims to blend sports car punch with saloon comfort – and do it better than the Panamera and Alpina B5. That won’t be easy. Words James Taylor. Photography Alex Tapley.


Giant test The Definitive Verdict New 630BHP GT 4-Door meets Panamera and B5

The fourth dimension AMG X290 vs. Porsche 971 vs. Alpina G30. Giant test: AMG GT 4 Door vs Alpina B5 vs Porsche Panamera For when you absolutely must get there on time, despite leaving very late, and without anything like any effort required from you.


2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 63S 4 Door X290 vs. 2019 Alpina B5 G30 and 2019 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid 971
2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 63S 4 Door X290 vs. 2019 Alpina B5 G30 and 2019 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid 971
2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 63S 4 Door X290 vs. 2019 Alpina B5 G30 and 2019 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid 971
2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 63S 4 Door X290 vs. 2019 Alpina B5 G30 and 2019 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid 971
2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 63S 4 Door X290 vs. 2019 Alpina B5 G30 and 2019 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid 971
2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 63S 4 Door X290 vs. 2019 Alpina B5 G30 and 2019 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid 971


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  1. Bob Jr Harper

Too big, too heavy

There’s no faulting your logic in the April issue comparison test between the AMG GT 4 Door, Alpine B5 and Porsche Panamera. It sounds like the Porsche does a better job than either of the others of squaring the circle by being good for drivers, good for passengers and extremely quick.

But (speaking as an ex-owner) there’s something a little off about the Panamera. It’s just a bit too big in town, a bit ungainly to look at, and lacking the magic of ‘proper’ Porsches, by which I mean the Cayman/Boxster and 911. I’d really like to see Porsche try again with the 924-944-968 idea – or, to look at it another way, a lowered Macan (if you accept that the Panamera is a lowered Cayenne).

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  1. Vitro Nilssen Clark

Follow the money

Reading your excellent Giant Test on the new Mercedes AMG GT 4 Door, Porsche Panamera and Alpina B5, it crossed my mind that the comparisons all magazines use are rarely useful to real-world car buyers. I’ve just acquired a new car, having tried a variety of models including both Teslas, Jaguar i-Pace, Porsche Panamera, Mercedes E53 and the Audi A7. I went to look at the BMW 8-series coupe but one look was enough. I wrote off the three electric models as the range was hopeless.

The Mercedes E53 has a fantastic new straight-six engine and a brilliant glass cockpit but the list price is £75,000 with a good spec, ditto the Audi at £65,000 and the BMW starts at a ridiculous £80,000-plus, £20,000 more than the car it replaced.

With the Mercedes, a 500-mile demonstrator was available in the dealer chain for £55,000 – £20,000 off list. But of all the cars, it was the Audi that came up trumps.

In February I secured an 18-plate A7 50 TDI Sport built to a very high spec, owned and pre-registered by Audi. The car came with delivery mileage for a cash price of just £37,500. It had just 68 miles on the clock.
Using Audi’s own configurator, that was 41.8 per cent off the list price. There are plenty of A7s around in the dealer chain for around £42,000.

This sort of deal can put a car into competition with a completely different range of comparable models.

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