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The performance station wagon is the mature person's muscle car. As we get older, it's natural to add things like spouses, kids and dogs to our lives and each one necessitates a little more space. That doesn't mean we want to give up spirited driving though, and a quick five-door offers a great balance between needs and wants. In the latest video from Evo, we take a look at two, muscular European estates to see which is faster around a track.

Richard Meaden pits the Audi RS6 Avant and Vauxhall VXR8 Supercharged against each other; seeing that the cars go about utilizing their massive performance in very different ways. The RS6's all-wheel drive and luxury interior make it more of a scalpel around the track compared to the Vauxhall's rear-wheel drive hammer. Both offer the driver the chance to create some very smoky powerslides, though. Sadly, neither of these muscle wagons are available in North America, but scroll down to get a taste of them in the video.


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      TopGun
      • 10 Months Ago
      A great example of the search for ultimate performance being a DETRIMENT to fun. Hope the guys that always comment on the C7 needing DCTs and AWD watch this.
        Vinuuz
        • 10 Months Ago
        @TopGun
        Who buys a wagon and goes out and has fun at a racetrack anyway.
          domingorobusto
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Vinuuz
          Awesome people. People I'd like to be friends with, because they don't constrain themselves unnecessarily.
          SloopJohnB
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Vinuuz
          You'd be surprised at the better aero characteristics of volvo wagons, for example.
          rjstanford
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Vinuuz
          The AMG E-Class actually performed better as a wagon than a sedan. Besides, they're moving about the same amount of sheet metal, same wheelbase, just a little more room for whatever inside instead of outside. What's not to love?
          mikemaj82
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Vinuuz
          Who buys a wagon in 2014. Period.
      loopless
      • 10 Months Ago
      Brit road testers think the only good cars are over-powered RWD so they can go sideways around a track in a lurid drift - blame Top Gear and Clarkson. In the real world, give me AWD and a bit of understeer.
        domingorobusto
        • 10 Months Ago
        @loopless
        The presenter's thought mirror my own. My practical half says that the Audi is the one to go with, that real world it'll be faster more of the time. But the impractical part of me says I'd have a LOT more fun with the VXR the other 90% of the time where RWD is good enough for the conditions. It's why the most ridiculously fun car I've ever owned was the 200 FWHP Festiva I used to own. Did it handle like a brick? Did it have ridiculously small brakes that were completely not up to the task of all the new found power? Yes. Did it have traction issues so severe that the best 60 ft time I ever managed with it was in the mid 2 second range, even on slicks? Yes. Was it the most riotously fun vehicle I have ever experienced? Yes! The ability to be a little larry with a car is one of that vehicles most important aspects IMO, and it shouldn't be discounted because it's not the most practical solution to something.
        LW
        • 10 Months Ago
        @loopless
        It must be the fact that it is raining most of the time there, so the only thing they can do is let the rear tires loose. Its a laugh on how they think is fun. I never ever see race cars, whether formula 1, LMP or pretty much anything else go sideways in a race. If they want fun, why not just put some skinny tires in the rear and drift on every corner they encounter without even have to go full throttle.
        LW
        • 10 Months Ago
        @loopless
        It must be the fact that it is raining most of the time there, so the only thing they can do is let the rear tires loose. Its a laugh on how they think is fun. I never ever see race cars, whether formula 1, LMP or pretty much anything else go sideways in a race. If they want fun, why not just put some skinny tires in the rear and drift on every corner they encounter without even have to go full throttle.
      bootsnchaps60
      • 10 Months Ago
      We don't get wagons like here because GM wants us to buy their higher profit bloatmobiles like the Traverse trilplets, the Suburban triplets, and the smaller CUV and SUV almosts. Want smaller, it's Captiva or the Aveo in disguise Sonic. I drive a 2001 s-10 Blazer-works for me and none of the options GM had to offer appealed. First choice was a Taurus wagon. How about taking the Holden/Opel /Vauxhall wagon and call it a Buick Shooting Brake. Or maybe an SS Shooting Brake,
        buckfeverjohnson
        • 10 Months Ago
        @bootsnchaps60
        Americans don't buy wagons when offered the option. Americans love SUVs, CUVs and Pick-ups much the way Aussies love 'utes. Take an Impreza wagon, lift it 2" and call it the Outlander SUV, and it it will outsell the wagon by multiples. It would be nice to have wagon options, but bringing them to market is more expensive than the payback on such low volumes.
        buckfeverjohnson
        • 10 Months Ago
        @bootsnchaps60
        Americans don't buy wagons when offered the option. Americans love SUVs, CUVs and Pick-ups much the way Aussies love 'utes. Take an Impreza wagon, lift it 2" and call it the Outlander SUV, and it it will outsell the wagon by multiples. It would be nice to have wagon options, but bringing them to market is more expensive than the payback on such low volumes.
      Robert Ryan
      • 10 Months Ago
      The Holden Sports Wagon(rebadged as a Vauxhall in the UK) does sell well in Australia
        Alexander Sambuco
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Robert Ryan
        It's an E3 HSV GTS Wagon that has been fiddled with by Walkinshaw Performance (Supercharger). Not Factory Holden/HSV.
      Brett Red-Dog Evans
      • 10 Months Ago
      What was that binging in the Vauxhall? Shift reminder? ESC going ballistic?
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