Performance SUVs have come a long way in recent years and as it stands, the BMW X4 M Competition, Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S, and Jaguar F-Pace SVR are among the finest currently available – but which is the fastest?
On paper, it is the F-Pace SVR that has the upper hand over its rivals. Slotted beneath the brash and brutish bodywork is a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 pumping out a very impressive 550 hp and 502 lb-ft (680 Nm) of torque. Coupled to this engine is an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels.
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The BMW X4 M Competition may seem somewhat underpowered by comparison as its 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged six-cylinder is capped at 503 hp and 442 lb-ft (599 Nm) of torque. It too features an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 matches the X4 M for horsepower, but eclipses both the BMW and Jaguar with 516 lb-ft (699 Nm) of torque.
In the first of the drag races held, it was the Mercedes that performed the best, sprinting to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.59 seconds and completing the quarter-mile in 11.71 seconds at 188.92 km/h. The BMW followed closely behind with a 0-100 km/h time of 3.87 seconds and a quarter-mile of 11.82 seconds at 191.94 km/h, while the Jaguar trailed well behind with a 0-100 km/h sprint of 4.68 seconds and a 12.58-second quarter-mile.
Were the results the same in the rest of the races? Watch and find out.