2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT vs BMW X5 M vs Porsche Cayenne GTS 0-60 MPH Mashup Review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The brand new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT and
the BMW X5M and the Porsche Cayenne GTS are three of the fastest and most
powerful SUVs that you can buy today. All three of these cars are faster than many modern sports cars.
Combined, they have almost 1500 horsepower. But of course we
wanted to know which of these powerful vehicles is the fastest from 0-60
MPH. In another fun and exclusive TFLcar comparison Mashup review we test
the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT vs BMW X5 M vs Porsche Cayenne GTS from
0-60 MPH to find out which fast SUV is the king of the hill...at least when
it comes to acceleration.
FYI: The Jeep Week Videos include:
1) Jeeps in the snow
2) Wrangler On-Road Review
3) 2014 SRT Grand Cherokee on Austin F1 Track
4) 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee off-road Review
5) 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel Review
6) 0-60 MPH Mashup New SRT Grand Cherokee vs BMW X5M vs Porsche Cheyenne
7) 2013 Jeep Wrangler Snow Drive review
2015 BMW X5M vs. 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG
2015 BMW X5 xDrive35i
A six-cylinder smoothie that makes a case for less is more.
Value is a key element in automotive purchase decisions, but its
definition varies considerably according to the buyer’s proclivities,
which can lead to some interesting arithmetic. Consider the new BMW X5. If
power absolutely rules your gotta-have-it list of traits, the choice is
pretty simple: You need the X5 xDrive50i, with its 445-hp, 4.4-liter
twin-turbo V-8, which moves the
2.5-plus-ton SUV from 0-to-60 mph in a darn snappy 4.3 seconds. It’s the
hottest X5 you can buy, at least until a next-gen M version comes along.
But if your buyer’s brain operates on a system of checks and balances,
you’ll be feeding other factors into the equation. For example: the base
price of the X5 xDrive50i—$69,125—is $13,100 north of the base for the
X5 xDrive35i. The 35i is propelled by a turbocharged inline-six that generates 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft
of torque. That means you’d be paying $6550 for each of the 50i’s
additional cylinders and a little over $90 for each additional pony.
How about the 0-to-60 dash? The 35i does it in 6.0 seconds, not quite
enough to induce brownouts, but respectable. Shaving 1.7 seconds off that
time with the 50i costs a little under 1000 bucks per 10th.
The Hurry Games
It’s rare for us to advocate going a little slower, but in vehicles such
as this, the need for haste is offset by the cost-to-benefit ratio. Why
spend a lot of dough to propel a heavy brick to 60 mph in less than five
seconds, when you can achieve that in something smaller and handier for
considerably less? And this doesn’t even include fuel-economy (although
the term is almost oxymoronic in the SUV realm). The X5 50i we tested
recently was EPA-rated for 14 mpg city and 22 highway, and we recorded 15
mpg in our travels. Our X5 35i test SUV is rated 18/27, and we achieved 21
mpg—burning premium fuel in both.
We also give high marks to this X5’s dark décor compared with the
ivory-colored interior of our X5 50i test vehicle. BMW calls this a Sports
Activity Vehicle, and many sports involve mud, grass, grease, oil, and
other gooey stuff that doesn’t look good on light-colored upholstery.
However, besides Active Steering, our test vehicle included a Luxury Line
package (sport steering wheel, roof rails, 19-inch wheels, $1700); the
Driver Assistance package (rearview camera, head-up display, $1400); the
Driver Assistance Plus (blind-spot detection, active cruise control with
stop and go, active drive assist, 360-degree surround view, $1900); the
Lighting package (full LED lights, automatic high beams, $1900); the
Premium package (keyless entry, auto door closures, satellite radio,
$2700); a Cold Weather package (heated steering wheel, heated rear seats,
retractable headlight washers, $550); and white metallic paint, $550.
Including other minor items, the option grand total came to $14,950. At
$70,975, the X5 xDrive35i begins to look pricey. But that’s only slightly
higher than the base price for the X5 xDrive50i. So we’re back to the
checks and balances. Unless your need for speed is very compelling, the
xDrive35i makes a strong case for (relative) value versus velocity
2014 Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG
Nothing that sounds this good could be wrong.
The introduction of the 550-hp GL63 AMG last summer sparked a debate in
our business about whether this vehicle is proof that AMG has lost its
To make this comparatively demure GL into an AMG, Mercedes drops in its
talented twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter
V-8, upgrades the transmission and all-wheel-drive system, and fits a
sportier adjustable suspension. The AMG gets larger front brakes tucked
inside its 21-inch wheels as well as a couple of cosmetic flourishes such
as new front and rear fascias and fender flares. Sport seats fitted up
front mean that, if you were so inclined, you could call this a “chairs
and flares” package. We wouldn’t.
In daily use, the experience of the GL63 is much like that of the regular
GL, only more urgent. Under light load, a reassuring rumble reminds
occupants that the GL63 has 550 horsepower, which is 20 more
than a Porsche 911 turbo S and probably
not something you want to mention to the other parents in your car-pool
group. Under full throttle, a 4.8-second 0-to-60 time reminds you that the
GL63 weighs 5812 pounds. Most vehicles with that much stonk weigh less.
Two questions keep gnawing at us. First, who needs this kind of vehicle?
Not many people. Mercedes says that just 2 percent of GL buyers will opt
for the GL63. As for the second question, it has nothing to do with whether
AMG should be hot-rodding SUVs. Of course it should. The SUV is the luxury
sedan of the modern day. No, our second question is this: Does 13 mpg
qualify as retro?
BMW M3 takes on X5 M: Who Wins?
Have you been to the BMW Performance Driving School in South Carolina yet?
If not please put it on your bucket list. Automotive Rhythms experienced
two days at the school's adult playground with their M vehicles. We matched
the 2011 M3 Coupe -- fitted with a 414 hp 4.0 liter V8 -- alongside the AWD
X5 M with its 4.4 liter V8 and 555 twin turbocharged horses. Each vehicle was pushed to
its respective limits proving why BMW is deserving of repping The Ultimate
2015 BMW X5 M - Exterior and Interior Walkaround - Debut at 2014 LA Auto Show
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2015 BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M
BMW has officially unveiled the 2015 X5 M and X6 M, ahead of their debut at
the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Looking downright menacing, the high-performance crossovers have an
aggressive front bumper, a revised grille and aerodynamic side skirts. The
models also have ventilated front fenders, aerodynamic side mirrors and
21-inch lightweight alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport UHP tires.
The sporty styling continues out back as there's a distinctive rear bumper
and a diffuser which is flanked by a four-tailpipe sports Exhaust system.
The styling changes continue in the cabin as the models have Merino leather
sport seats, a revised instrument cluster and a leather-wrapped M steering
wheel with aluminum gearshift paddles. Other highlights include a
leather-wrapped dashboard, an Alcantara roof liner, M-brand door sill
plates and aluminum trim. If that's not impressive enough, the models also
boast contrast stitching, embossed headrests, a four-zone automatic climate
control system and a Harman Kardon audio system.
Both models are powered by a twin-turbo
4.4-liter V8 engine that develops 567 bhp (423 kW) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft)
of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission and
an M-specific all-wheel drive system which enables them to accelerate from
0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 250 km/h
Speaking of performance, the crossovers also have an M Servotronic steering
system and a sport-tuned suspension that reduces the ride height by 10mm.
There's also a high-performance braking system (with Dark Blue metallic
calipers) and a Dynamic Damper Control system with three different modes:
Comfort, Sport and Sport+.
Both models will go on sale in the United States next spring and pricing
starts at $99,650 for the X5 M and $103,050 for the X6 M.