In the Headlights – Best of Germany {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

30 Oct 2017

Wilkommen! This week everyone in the BOTB office has been forced to wear lederhosen, drink steins of weissbier and eat only bratwurst because that’s right, it’s Best of Germany week on In the Headlights! Germany has one of the richest histories of all the car-making nations and is home to some of the best car manufacturers in the world such as BMW, Audi, Porsche and Mercedes so there were plenty of cars to choose from this week. That task fell on the shoulders of Performance BMW Editor, Elizabeth de Latour and it’s a cracking selection – in fact she’s made it very hard to be critical of any of them! So here are my thoughts on this week’s ITH cars…

It’s the battle of the performance estates! In the blue corner we have Audi with their new RS4 Carbon Edition – packed with all the carbon extras, a set of delicious machined alloys and a twin turbo V6 producing 444bhp which goes through a lightning fast dual clutch gearbox to all four wheels, with some sweet music piped through the standard sports exhaust. But in the, erm, slightly darker blue corner we have the plucky upstart from Alpina – the B3S BiTurbo Touring which takes a different approach to its performance estate brief. So there’s still a six cylinder engine with two turbos, but this one is a straight six and produces a few less ponies, not that you’d notice. That power goes to just the rear wheels via an 8-speed ZF auto ‘box and the interior is plush leather and wood – an altogether more grown up alternative to the RS4 and the M3 Touring were BMW to pull their fingers out and make one. Which one would I have? The RS4, I just can’t get enough of those box arches.

Both of these have been featured before on ITH but the fact that they’ve been chosen again shows that they’re something special. The Macan Turbo Performance Package does to the Turbo what the GTS does to the regular Macan S – adds power, more options as standard and then charges less than the sum of the parts. It’s a ballistic little SUV too, with 434bhp giving serous performance while it’s as nimble as any sports car in the bends. The M4 CS sits nicely between the M4 Competition Pack and the M4 GTS and adds a little more power to the mix, along with some seriously sexy alloys, a new front splitter and a beautiful new rear lip spoiler. The suspension gets a workover too making it as focused as the GTS but with more road compliance, while the interior gets lightweight door cards and swathes of alcantara. It’s just about the best M4 yet and I really really want one.

So there you go, those are my thoughts on our four ITH German cars this week – any of them taken your fancy? If so you’ve only got a week, so go get some tickets right now!