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Our Favorite German Cars

German cars have been revolutionizing the way we get around for well over a century. At QIS, we do more than just specialize in German vehicles - we adore them. Here's our ultimate list of our favorite German cars.

Ethan - BMW M1 Procar (1979 - 1981)

It may not be the most significant BMW, but it's definitely one of the best looking and most unique. Designed in 1979 by renowned vehicle designer Giorgio Giugaro, this BMW brought the 80s in early with it's unique wedge shape. Despite it's sleek design, variations of the M1 could still manage to reach 1,000 hp. The BMW Procar race series took the top 5 F1 racers of the time and pitted them in identical M1 Procars, with the winner of the first series being the legendary Niki Lauda. Various versions of the M1 also competed in Le Mans and various national championships. There were only 453 built, so to spot one on the road is any racing enthusiast's dream.

Tara - Porsche 911 (1963 - Today)

There isn't much to say about the 911 that hasn't already been said. Most would agree that the Porsche 911 is one of the greatest sportscars of all time, if not the greatest. The 911-based 935 is likely the most successful production-based race car of all time, not to mention that other variations of the 911 were also super successful in rally racing. Production of the 911 reached one million manufactured in 2017, a massive milestone for the company. The Porsche 911 placed 5th in the Global Automotive Election Foundation's Car of The Century in 1999.

Katlynn - Mercedes-Benz SL-Class (1952 - Today)

Spanning 6 design generations, the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is arguably one of the most significant Mercedes designations of all time. The early generations held the crown for fastest production vehicle in the world from 1955 to 1959, and are widely accepted as the worlds first supercar. Newer models offer a fun and luxurious driving experience that can't be rivaled by much else.

Chief - Mercedes Benz E60 AMG (1993-1994)

The styling doesn't necessarily suggest it, but believe it or not, the 500E was actually built by Porsche. Back in 1985, Mercedes engineers were focused on the S-Class at the time and called upon Porsche to shoehorn a V8 into this vehicle's somewhat small frame. Then, AMG got ahold of it and created the beast of a car seen in the image above. The E60 variant of this E-Class had a 0-60 time that was just slightly slower than the far more exotic Ferrari Testarossa. To boot, the E60 variant is incredibly rare. There is estimated to be only 100 - 150 on the planet, although no one is really certain. Despite being well over 20 years old, these AMGs regularly sell for more than today's E-Class AMGs. It's a shame that most people will never see an E60, let alone own one.

Candice - Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class (1996 - Today)

The SLK may just be a variation of the SL, but it offers a unique driving experience due to its shorter wheelbase, not to mention that it features some noticeably different design elements. It has it's roots in the history of the SL, as covered above. It was designed to be one of the first luxury vehicles to feature a convertible hard top. The SLK is a 2 seat roadster, meaning that it is light enough to have race track performance and is easier to maneuver due to its shorter wheelbase. The model range was renamed to SLC in 2020.

Andrew - Audi Sport Quattro S1 (1980 - 1991)

You can not mention rally car racing without mentioning the Audi Quattro. The Quattro S1 is arguably the greatest rally car of all time. To say that the S1 was ahead of it's time would be a massive understatement, as it boasts an incredibly impressive 0-60 time of 3.1 seconds. As the name suggests, this car was the first to use Audi's Quattro all wheel drive system that comes standard on almost every Audi model today. It revolutionized rally racing, and in doing so became the grandfather of modern AWD systems.

Nate - Audi R8 (2006 - Present)

Basically a more practical Lamborghini, the R8 is the car brought Audi's brand image to the next level, and is one of the last V10s still produced today. Even the original 2006 R8 design still stands up very well today. Its platform was initially based on the Lamborghini Gallardo, but is presently based on the Lamborghini Huracan. Several motorsports legends have named the R8 as the "best handling road car available today".

Let us know in the comments below which car is your favorite!

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