BLUE THUN­DER

Each of these sa­loons has a tur­bocharged 3-litre V6 that packs over 350bhp. Now, which one is the most de­sir­able “ac­tion thriller”?

Torque (Singapore) - - GROUP TEST -

OC­TO­BER 2017

ONE thou­sand one hun­dred and twenty one horse­power.

That is the com­bined power out­put of the three sports sa­loons in this story.

Had the 1121 sporty horses from Ger­many and Ja­pan been si­mul­ta­ne­ously un­leashed in anger, they might have caused se­ri­ous dam­age to the Golden Mile Tower carpark floor.

Jokes aside, these three pow­er­ful turbo sa­loons are ca­pa­ble of se­ri­ous per­for­mance. The most mus­cle-bound con­tender in this shootout is the In­finiti Q50 Red Sport 400. With 400bhp be­neath its bon­net (hence the name) and a more tra­di­tional rear-wheel-drive lay­out (the oth­ers are all-wheeldrive), the Q50 isn’t just gun­ning for its ri­vals – it wants to draw blood, quickly.

The least po­tent car in this com­par­i­son is the 354bhp Audi S4. But it is sig­nif­i­cantly more mus­cu­lar (by 21bhp and 60Nm) than its pre­de­ces­sor, and the brand’s rep­u­ta­tion for great in­te­ri­ors is bur­nished by a long list of stan­dard ameni­ties in this case.

Tak­ing the fight to the S4 and Q50 is the 367bhp MercedesAMG C43. Al­though it is not a full-fledged AMG model (only cars with the “45”, “63” and “65” suf­fix qual­ify as such), the C43 packs more than enough power to si­lence any­one who would dare call it an “AMG-lite” model.

So, which of these sa­loons ul­ti­mately makes an en­thu­si­ast’s heart beat faster while mak­ing the hairs on his neck stand higher? Keep read­ing and find out – fast!

STORY JEREMY CHUA PHO­TOS TAN MENG CHOON ART DI­REC­TION SEAN LEE

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