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    • Performance SUV shootout - Jeep Trackhawk vs. Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S vs. Range Rover Sport SVR vs. Stelvio Quadrifoglio vs. Macan Turbo S

      This is an interesting SUV shootout as MotorTrend picks and chooses vehicles that are not necessarily in the same class. The Jeep Trackhawk is a beast and certainly compares well with the Range Rover Sport SVR but these are designed to go against the larger performance SUV's of the world.


      You know, X5M's, GLE63's, Cayenne Turbos, that sort of thing. You can go right off the bat and see the lighter performance SUV's really you would classify more as crossovers as they are essentially sedans on stilts.

      This certainly applies to the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Q4 Quadrifoglio. It is over one thousand pounds lighter than the Jeep Trackhawk or the Range Rover. It is going to be more tossable and offer driving dynamics more like a car.

      So, it isn't a perfect comparison but so what? Let's take sort the list by curb weight from lightest to heaviest first.

      Curb Weights:

      2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Q4 Quadrifoglio - 4339 pounds
      2018 Porsche Macan Turbo (Performance Pack) - 4466 pounds
      2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4Matic+ (Coupe) - 4503 - pounds
      2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Supercharged - 5448 pounds
      2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR - 5450 pounds

      The Alfa, Porsche, and Mercedes-AMG are all in the same basic range but the Alfa Romeo is the lightest of all. The best balanced though is the Range Rover with 51/49 front to back weight distribution. Impressive.

      Out of the group only the Jeep and Range Rover offer real towing capability over 6500 pounds. They are the best blend of performance and real utility.

      Let's get to performance then. Which is the fastest? You might think it is the Jeep Trackhawk but you would be wrong. The Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S traps 116.5 and edges out of the 707 horsepower Jeep.

      The Mercedes-AMG also pulls the most on the skidpad at .96g and offers the quickest figure 8. It is the overall performance champ.

      MotorTrend picks the Alfa Romeo as the best choice though. Why? Because it drives most like a car because it is based on a car. Aren't these supposed to be SUV's? Why not just ditch the Stelvio entirely and just get a Giulia if you want the best driving dynamics?

      The best blend of performance and utility is the Mercedes-AMG followed by the Jeep Trackhawk. If towing is important to you, then really the Jeep is the winner as it can do everything.

      Not enough is made out of the weaknesses of the Macan and Alfa compared to the larger SUV's.


      5. 2018 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE TRACKHAWK
      The world's fastest studio apartment is great in a straight line but leaves us wanting in corners.

      4. 2018 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER SPORT SVR
      It's guaranteed to score you a primo valet spot, if not necessarily a spot on the podium.

      3. 2017 PORSCHE MACAN TURBO (PERFORMANCE PACKAGE)
      The soul we've come to expect from Porsche products is nowhere to be found.

      2. 2018 MERCEDES-AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ COUPE
      Say hello to the quickest SUV we've ever tested. Sort out its body control, and we might have had a different winner.

      1. 2018 ALFA ROMEO STELVIO Q4 QUADRIFOGLIO
      Take everything you thought you knew about lumbering SUVs and throw it out the window. Blistering performance and sublime handling in an attractive, practical package. Bring on Best Driver's Car.


      2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Q4 Quadrifoglio 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Supercharged 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4Matic+ (Coupe) 2018 Porsche Macan Turbo (Performance Pack)
      DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD Front-engine, AWD Front-engine, 4WD Front-engine, AWD Front-engine, AWD
      ENGINE TYPE Twin-turbo 90-deg V-6, alum block/heads Supercharged 90-deg V-8, iron block/alum heads Supercharged 90-deg V-8, alum block/heads Twin-turbo 90-deg V-8, alum block/heads Twin-turbo 90-deg V-6, alum block/heads
      VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl OHV, 2 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
      DISPLACEMENT 176.4 cu in/2,891 cc 376.3 cu in/6,166 cc 305.1 cu in/5,000 cc 243.0 cu in/3,982 cc 220.0 cu in/3,605 cc
      COMPRESSION RATIO 9.3:1 9.5:1 9.5:1 10.5:1 10.5:1
      POWER (SAE NET) 505 hp @ 6,500 rpm 707 hp @ 6,000 rpm 575 hp @ 6,000 rpm 503 hp @ 5,500 rpm 440 hp @ 6,000 rpm
      TORQUE (SAE NET) 443 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm 645 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm 516 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm 516 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm 442 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm
      REDLINE 6,500 rpm 6,000 rpm 6,500 rpm 7,000 rpm 6,750 rpm
      WEIGHT TO POWER 8.6 lb/hp 7.7 lb/hp 9.5 lb/hp 9.0 lb/hp 10.2 lb/hp
      TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 9-speed automatic 7-speed twin-clutch auto
      AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 3.73:1/2.39:1 3.70:1/2.48:1 3.31:1/2.21:1 3.27:1/1.96:1 4.67:1/2.42:1
      SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Multilink, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar Control arms, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar Multilink, air springs, adj shocks, adj anti-roll bar; multilink, air springs, adj shocks, adj anti-roll bar Multilink, air springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multilink, air springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar Control arms, air springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multilink, air springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar
      STEERING RATIO 12.1:1 16.5:1 17.7:1 14.5:1 14.3:1
      TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.2 3.0 2.7 2.0 2.6
      BRAKES, F; R 14.2-in vented, drilled disc; 13.8-in vented, drilled disc, ABS 15.8-in vented, grooved, 2-pc disc; 13.8-in vented, grooved disc, ABS 15.0-in vented disc; 14.4-in vented disc, ABS 15.4-in vented, drilled, 2-piece carbon-ceramic disc; 14.2-in vented, drilled disc, ABS 15.4-in vented, grooved, 2-piece disc; 14.0-in vented, disc, ABS
      WHEELS, F;R 9.0 x 20-in; 10.0 x 20-in, forged aluminum 10.0 x 20-in forged aluminum 10.0 x 22-in forged aluminum 9.5 x 21-in; 10.0 x 21-in, forged aluminum 9.0 x 21-in; 10.0 x 21-in, forged aluminum
      TIRES, F;R 255/45R20 101Y; 285/40R20 104Y Pirelli P Zero AR 245/45R20 110Y Pirelli P Zero (runflat) 295/40R22 112Y Continental ContiSportContact 5 SUV 265/40R21 105Y; 295/35R21 107Y Michelin Pilot Sport 4S 265/40R21 101Y; 295/35R21 103Y Pirelli P Zero N0
      DIMENSIONS
      WHEELBASE 111.0 in 114.7 in 115.1 in 113.1 in 110.5 in
      TRACK, F/R 61.2/63.3 in 65.7/64.8 in 66.6/66.4 in 65.4/64.9 in 64.9/65.4 in
      LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 185.1 x 77.0 x 66.3 in 189.8 x 76.5 x 67.9 in 192.2 x 78.1 x 69.0-73.6 in 186.8 x 76.0 x 62.4* in 184.7 x 76.1 x 63.0 in (in std mode)
      GROUND CLEARANCE 7.9 in 8.1 in 6.4-10.9 in (8.4 in, std mode) 6.4 in* 6.2-0.0 in
      APPRCH/DEPART ANGLE 20.8/20.0 deg 18.0/23.1 deg 20.6-26.9/22.6-27.8 deg 17.6/21.5 deg* 24.0-25.5/19.5-24.2 deg
      TURNING CIRCLE 38.4 ft 38.0 ft 40.7 ft 39.0 ft (est) 39.2 ft
      CURB WEIGHT 4,339 lb 5,448 lb 5,450 lb 4,503 lb 4,466 lb
      WEIGHT DIST, F/R 53/47% 56/44% 51/49% 55/45% 56/44%
      TOWING CAPACITY 3,000 lb 7,200 lb 6,613 lb 3,500 lb 4,409 lb
      SEATING CAPACITY 5 5 5 5 5
      HEADROOM, F/R 40.2/38.9 in 39.9/39.2 in 38.7/39.0 in 41.1/38.3 in (est) 38.6/38.7 in
      LEGROOM, F/R 36.6/31.9 in 40.3/38.6 in 42.2/37.0 in 34.3/33.6 in (est) 40.9/35.6 in
      SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 57.7/55.9 in 58.7/58.0 in 60.7/59.5 in 51.7/55.1 in (est) 56.9/54.9 in
      CARGO VOLUME, BEH F/R 56.5/18.5 cu ft 68.3/36.3 cu ft 59.5/27.5 cu ft 49.4/18.3 cu ft (est) 53.0/17.7 cu ft
      TEST DATA
      ACCELERATION TO MPH
      0-30 1.2 sec 1.1 sec 1.6 sec 1.1 sec 1.3 sec
      0-40 1.8 1.6 2.3 1.7 2.0
      0-50 2.6 2.4 3.2 2.4 2.8
      0-60 3.5 3.3 4.3 3.2 3.8
      0-70 4.5 4.2 5.5 4.2 5.1
      0-80 5.7 5.3 6.9 5.5 6.6
      0-90 7.2 6.8 8.5 6.8 8.3
      0-100 9.0 8.4 10.4 8.4 10.3
      PASSING, 45-65 MPH 1.8 1.8 2.1 1.7 2.1
      QUARTER MILE 12.0 sec @ 114.4 mph 11.7 sec @ 116.2 mph 12.7 sec @ 110.9 mph 11.7 sec @ 116.5 mph 12.5 sec @ 109.4 mph
      BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 103 ft 108 ft 106 ft 105 ft 105 ft
      LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.92 g (avg) 0.90 g (avg) 0.89 g (avg) 0.96 g (avg) 0.95 g (avg)
      MT FIGURE EIGHT 24.6 sec @ 0.79 g (avg) 24.7 sec @ 0.79 g (avg) 25.2 sec @ 0.77 g (avg) 24.1 sec @ 0.85 g (avg) 24.3 sec @ 0.81 g (avg)
      TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 1,750 rpm 1,700 rpm 1,450 rpm 1,400 rpm 1,600 rpm
      CONSUMER INFO
      BASE PRICE $81,390 $87,645 $114,595 $81,745 $88,750
      PRICE AS TESTED $86,940 $101,610 $133,860 $105,610 $98,030
      STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/Yes Yes/Yes Yes/Yes Yes/Yes Yes/Yes
      AIRBAGS 8: Dual front, front side, f/r curtain, front knee 7: Dual front, front side, f/r curtain, driver knee 6: Dual front, front side, f/r curtain 10: Dual front, f/r side, f/r curtain, front knee 7: Dual front, front side, f/r curtain, driver knee
      BASIC WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles 3 yrs/36,000 miles 4 yrs/50,000 miles 4 yrs/50,000 miles 4 yrs/50,000 miles
      POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles 5 yrs/60,000 miles 4 yrs/50,000 miles 4 yrs/50,000 miles 4 yrs/50,000 miles
      ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 4 yrs/Unlimited miles 5 yrs/60,000 miles 4 yrs/50,000 miles 4 yrs/50,000 miles 4 yrs/50,000 miles
      FUEL CAPACITY 16.9 gal 24.6 gal 27.3 gal 17.4 gal 19.8 gal
      EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON 17/23/19 mpg 11/17/13 mpg 15/20/16 mpg 15/22/18 mpg 17/23/19 mpg
      ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 198/147 kW-hrs/100 miles 306/198 kW-hrs/100 miles 225/169 kW-hrs/100 miles 225/153 kW-hrs/100 miles 198/147 kW-hrs/100 miles
      CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.01 lb/mile 1.48 lb/mile 1.15 lb/mile 1.11 lb/mile 1.01 lb/mile
      RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium Unleaded premium Unleaded premium Unleaded premium Unleaded premium
      *At standard ride height; range N/A

      This article was originally published in forum thread: Performance SUV shootout - Jeep Trackhawk vs. Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S vs. Range Rover Sport SVR vs. Stelvio Quadrifoglio vs. Macan Turbo S started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 2 Comments
      1. BlackJetE90OC's Avatar
        BlackJetE90OC -
        So the GLC63 was quicker than the trackhawk...interesting.
      1. SpeedLimit?'s Avatar
        SpeedLimit? -
        I'm waiting to hear from Stelvio owners once it hits the market. The Guila dominated all comparisons in similar fashion but I don't see many on the road or see owners raving about the car in similar fashion on forums. I feel like FCA has a big "marketing" budget to push these new cars further up in the market space.