Station wagons never really took precedence over sedans or SUVs. It’s downright unfortunate. Not only are station wagons practical, but they can also be serious performers and muscle wagons. CarBuzz has a list of some of the craziest performance-oriented station wagons that can knock a sports car out of the way.
Cadillac CTS-V Wagon is a happy family hauler with a Detroit pedigree
What happens when you add a supercharged 6.2L Corvette LT4 engine to a Cadillac family hauler? You get the craziest wagon this side of the pond. Step into the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon, a fire-breathing rear-wheel-drive (RWD) V8-engined muscle wagon with a manual transmission. Along with the beating heart and drivetrain, GM added performance brakes and a performance-focused suspension upgrade to make sure the CTS-V Wagon was more than a one-trick pony. After all that was said and done, Cadillac had a station wagon with 556 horsepower and 551 lb-ft of torque. Cue the eagles.
The Audi RS6 Avant is the spiritual successor to the larger-than-life RS2 Avant
The soul of the Audi RS2 Avant born from the Audi-Porsche collaboration is alive and well in the more modern Avants. For example, the Audi RS6 Avant is an all-wheel-drive (AWD) rocket. The newest Avant isn’t your dad’s wagon with nearly 600 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. CarBuzz reports that Audi says the RS6 Avant will sprint to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. It’s incredibly fast for something you can use to move furniture around.
Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 is a performance station wagon that can certainly still sway sports cars
Do you hear that? Of course you do; it is an AMG twin-turbo Mercedes V8. What you wouldn’t expect is that this powertrain resides in a station wagon. The Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 Wagon is a brutal 603 horsepower muscle wagon with a rear hatch and more than enough cargo volume. Not only will the AMG E63 Wagon meet all your daily shopping needs, but you’ll hit 60 mph in a painfully quick 3.4 seconds. We’ll wait for you to find a faster way to the big box store.
Dodge Magnum SRT8 is a fun, smoky V8 station wagon
The Dodge Magnum was a raw version of the Chrysler 300 sedan brandishing a ram badge. Instead of a mild-mannered powertrain, Dodge dropped a 5.7L Hemi V8 in the Magnum R/T. Dodge didn’t stop there, however. Dodge outfitted the Magnum SRT8 with a 6.1-liter V8. The result of all that moving was a 425 horsepower wagon capable of hitting 60 mph in 5.1 seconds.
Saab 9-3 Turbo X is a Swedish family transporter with fighter jet DNA
The Saab 9-3 Aero was a sensible vehicle with a reputation as a fashionable alternative to mainstream European cars. However, Saab decided to improve this sensitivity by increasing the output of the 2.8L V6 engine to 280 horsepower and adjusting the suspension for more aggressive handling. Along with the power and handling, Saab gave the Turbo X a bigger package of disc brakes and all-wheel drive, making the wagon a worthy sleeper.
You can always buy a high-performance wagon that will be as practical as it is fast
The station wagons on this list are fast, fun, and helpful—a hard-to-find formula. The list doesn’t end there either. In addition to the cars listed above, these performance wagons will burn tires and bring smiles: Holden Commodore Sportwagon RS-V, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, Volvo 850R and several generations of BMW M5 Touring.
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