And with good reason. Pretty much every German car you can buy is among the best in its class, and the country’s manufacturers dominate the UK’s new-car registration figures.
Here, though, are six of the Fatherland’s greatest hits – and not all of them are everyday sightings.
Alpina B4 Biturbo
BMW‘s M cars are many things, but ‘cool’ isn’t always one of them. Alpinas, on the other hand…
Essentially, Alpina is BMW’s in-house lunatic division, taking the fastest non-M-powered models in the range, then perking them up a bit and fitting enormous alloy wheels. Think of them as a halfway house between the standard cars and the M cars.
This B4 Biturbo, therefore, is basically a normal 4-Series that’s been tuned up. The difference, though, is that its 3.0-litre straight-six produces 20 more horsepower than the 440i engine it’s based on. It also comes with 20-spoke alloy wheels, a slightly revamped interior and optional decals down the flanks.
Mercedes-AMG GT R
This Mercedes is different, however, because it’s the brand’s only supercar – and supercars should be painted in outrageous colours. AMG Green Hell Magno, and the car it adorns, are nothing if not outrageous.
Powered by a 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 with 577bhp, the AMG GT R will top out at 198mph, and it’ll get from 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds. With carbon-ceramic brakes and a carbon-fibre roof, though, this is more than just a muscle car.
BMW i8 Roadster
BMW’s hybrid sports car has finally had its roof removed, despite the first convertible concept being revealed in 2012. It was worth the wait, though, because the car is even better looking in two-seat Roadster guise.
With a combined power output of 369bhp, it’s capable of sprinting from 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds, before hitting its top speed of 155mph. It’s undoubtedly sports car performance – a basic Porsche 911 is similarly fast – but few cars can mix that performance with the i8’s efficiency.
Because this is a plug-in hybrid, it’ll do 33 miles on electrical power alone before the 1.5-litre, 228bhp petrol engine kicks in to help out. As a result, it’s rated at 141mpg. A Porsche 911 definitely won’t do that.
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo
Porsche copped some stick when it revealed the Panamera in 2009. Divisive looks, though, detracted from what was undoubtedly a class act.
Now, however, the Panamera has come of age, and the more mature look of the new version has caused the naysayers to pipe down a little. The Sport Turismo estate version, though has added a new element of cool.
There’s something very special about a fast estate car, and the Panamera is definitely fast. There’s a plug-in hybrid version for the environmentally aware customers, as well as a Turbo version that’ll get from 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds. That’s supercar territory. It will cost you a small fortune – £118,656 to be exact – but at least you’ll look like you know your stuff.