BMW M5 Touring E60
This was not the first M5 station wagon and car fans hope it will not be the last. But, it was the fastest, most glorious of all performance station wagons. Even though BMW made only 1,025 of them, ending production in 2010, they are still popular today. BMW presented their E60 M5 with one of the best naturally aspirated engines ever made.
It was a high revving 5.0-liter V10 with 507 HP they derived from BMW’s Formula One unit. To fight Audi’s fast wagons, BMW decided to make a Touring version of the M5 and offer it with a manual transmission. They managed to produce a manual BMW M5 station wagon delivering 507 HP with a six-speed transmission.
It only took 4.5 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph with a 205-mph top speed. So, it is no wonder secondhand examples go for over $100,000.
Jaguar XF S Sportbrake
Nobody expected a fast station wagon from Jaguar. After all, this is the company that is famous for their sports cars and performance sedans with a successful SUV model in their lineup. However, Jaguar managed to produce a competent, elegant long roof that is a blast to drive.
It also delivers 380 HP from its supercharged V8 engine. But, the best thing about this car is that it is available in America. Unfortunately, not all performance station wagons are available there, which is a shame.
Volvo V60 Polestar
This is an interesting station wagon and one of the best driving cars in its class. As a spiritual successor to the classic 850 R Wagon, the V60 brings elegance, quality craftsmanship, power and performance in an exclusive Polestar package. Under the hood is a 3.0-liter turbocharged engine with 345 HP and intelligent all-wheel drive.
This combo is capable of 0 to 60 mph times in just over five seconds. Yet, the Polestar delivers decent fuel economy and functioning like any regular Volvo station wagon. However, after you drop your kids off at school, the only thing you need is to press the accelerator pedal to let the fun begin.
Audi RS6 Avant
When you see the RS badge on an Audi, you know that a special car is in front of you. Since the legendary RS2 from the early 1990s, Audi has produced crazy fast wagons in the A4 and A6 range. And they equip them with the most powerful engines they have, along with the renewed Quattro all-wheel drive for enhanced traction and performance.
Unfortunately, the RS wagon range is not available in the U.S. But it still deserves a place on this list for the sheer beauty, power and craziness of the package. The latest RS6 model is an elegant station wagon powered by a twin turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that delivers 605 HP.
The Quattro intelligent all-wheel-drive system is responsible for putting the power to the ground, and the result is astonishing. The acceleration time from 0 to 60 takes just 3.9 seconds. This is in a station wagon that can carry five people and all their luggage, which is truly magnificent.
Mercedes E63 S AMG Wagon
Audi’s decision to leave the RS6 Avant in Europe was a big opportunity for Mercedes in America. The Mercedes E 63 S Wagon is available in the U.S. It is a glorious way to combine practicality with 603 HP from the fantastic 4.0-liter turbo engine. This is not the only performance wagon Mercedes offers, but it is the most powerful and fastest.
Although the E63 S Wagon is all-wheel drive, the driver has the option to disconnect the front drive shafts for a rear-wheel drive only experience. However, what this means in real life is that you can do smoky burnouts all day long, which is exactly what this luxury station wagon is about. This is a crazy powerful muscle car Mercedes disguised as a luxury station wagon.
Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo
Behind this lengthy name hides one of the most controversial cars of today and one of best luxury cars on the market. It is also the most powerful station wagon and one of the nicest Porsches money can buy. This may be confusing, but the Panamera caused quite a media attention when they presented it as the first Porsche sedan. But soon it proved it was worth the name and Porsche fans grew to accept it for what it is.
For its second generation, Porsche offered the Sport Turismo model. It is an elegant station wagon with a slightly different rear end, just enough to be a wagon. Porsche also offers the Panamera Sport Turismo as a Turbo S, along with a hybrid drivetrain, combining practicality, advanced technology, old school power and luxury.
So, what makes this a crazy fast station wagon? It’s the amazing specs. The combined output of its gasoline and electric engine is 680 HP, which goes to all four wheels for superior traction. Despite weighing over two tons, this Panamera is capable of a mind-blowing 3.2 seconds 0 to 60 mph time. This is faster than many current sports cars, easily making this futuristic vehicle the fastest production station wagon the car industry ever made.
1959 Pontiac Bonneville Safari
One of the coolest American station wagons is definitely the late 1950s Pontiac Bonneville Safari. Interestingly, Pontiac always named its long roof models “Safari,” which made them special compared to similar GM products.
One of the things that made the 1959 Bonneville Safari so desirable is the 389 V8 with 300 HP. That engine is what transformed this family cruiser into a proper station wagon muscle car.
Maserati Quattroporte Bellagio
One of the best luxury sedans that money could buy was the elegant Maserati Quattroporte. As all other cars in that class, Quattroporte is available only as a sedan. But in 2009, the famous Italian design house Carozzerria Touring presented an exclusive series of special wagon versions they called the Bellagio.
They built it on the base of a standard Quattroporte, so the Bellagio Touring had the same 400 HP engine. Also, it had an elegant interior and flowing lines but with a modified rear end And there was significantly more space in the back.
It is unclear how many they built, but some experts claim the total number was around 10 cars. But this Bellagio could outrun many sports cars and still look cool doing it.
Mercedes C63 AMG Wagon
Everything with AMG letters on the back is lightning quick. But, the C63 AMG Wagon is one car that belongs on this list. With its compact dimensions, almost stealth look, brutal performance and over 450 HP going to the rear wheels, this car is the definition of a muscle car.
The heart of the C63 is AMG’s glorious 6.2-liter V8 engine that sounds as good as it goes. With 451 HP and its fast-shifting automatic transmission, this car can achieve 60 mph in less than four seconds. Interestingly, the C63 came in a station wagon, sedan and coupe form.
Buick Roadmaster LT1
The legendary Roadmaster name returned to the Buick lineup in 1991 after a 33-year hiatus, gracing the freshly styled luxurious sedan and station wagon models. However, the car was basically the same as other offerings from General Motors in the same class.
But the Buick engineers found a way to install a Corvette LT1 5.7-liter V8 engine into Roadmaster’s engine bay. So the LT1 had 300 HP in the Corvette, but in the Buick, it had 260 HP. And that was more enough to turn this heavy wagon into a proper hot rod.
Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake
The CLA 45 Shooting Brake is a compact wagon with an angry 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive. This combo, along with 381 HP produced astonishing acceleration times and brutal driving dynamics.
Although this is a relatively small car with not as much interior space as you would expect, it is still capable of carrying a significant amount of luggage. And it can still beat a few sports car in those stoplight drag races.
Plymouth Roadrunner Wagon
Plymouth never officially sold the Roadrunner Wagon but some enthusiasts have converted quite a few cars. They built the Roadrunner on the Belvedere platform. This meant that every panel fit. So, some crafty muscle car fans took the ordinary Belvedere Wagon and put a Roadrunner front end on it.
Of course, the conversion wouldn’t be complete if the wagon retained the Belvedere drivetrain. So, they installed the Roadrunner engine, suspension and components, creating one of the fastest station wagons available. Some people even installed a Hemi engine to produce the fastest family cars in the world at the time.
These are the top crazy station wagons that are faster than a sports car. They can change any driver’s perception of what a station wagon should be. Be sure to get one of these vehicles if you’d like to shock other drivers at the stoplight.