As Jeep races to the summit of the performance off-raoder market with its new 520kW Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (above), here’s a look at its stats and at the cars it’s had to overtake to get to the top.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk:
A full-sized SUV with a 6.2-liter, supercharged V8 good for 520kW and 875Nm of torque. When that’s sent to all four wheels it results in a 0-100km/h time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 290km/h (though Jeep is quick to point out the speedometer actually goes up to 320km/h).
It might be a high-sided limousine with wooden cabin trim that can only be sourced by artisans abseiling down a cliff face, but it also has a 6-liter W12 twin-turbocharged engine under its immense hood. That outputs 453kW, 900Nm of torque and gives the 2 440kg car a 0-100km/h time of 4 seconds. However, Bentley claims the Bentayga can hit 300km/h.
Tesla Model X:
Spec Tesla’s first SUV with the 100kWh Dual Motor Performance D package and it will beat just about anything powered by fossil fuels off the line. Thanks to instantaneous electric motors running the show, this seven-seater has 967Nm of torque on tap and can go from 0-100km/h in 3.1 seconds. However, it only outputs 450kW and its top speed is just 250km/h.
Porsche Cayenne Turbo S:
The only full-size SUV in this list to actually come from an out-and-out sportscar maker is also one of the slowest. Even with a 4.8-liter, 425kW turbocharged V8 under its hood, the Cayenne can only manage a 0-100km/h time of 4.1 seconds. However, thanks to 800Nm of torque, it can hit a very impressive 283km/h.
Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic:
The fastest and most exclusive series production Range Rover in the company’s history. Just like the Bentley its cabin is a place of zen-like tranquillity and business-class luxury. However, it is one of the world’s most formidable genuine off-road vehicles and, thanks to a 410kW supercharged V8 is also the most powerful one Land Rover has ever built. It serves up 680Nm of torque and covers the 0-100km/h dash in 5.4 seconds; its top speed is capped at 250km/h. – AFP Relaxnews