If you like the idea of driving a high-performance SUV then this article is for you! Here is a list of 6 potent SUVs expected to arrive in South Africa in 2018.
The performance SUV, loved by many, loathed by some, but undeniably intriguing and if not, just flat out ridiculous. The rise in popularity of the SUV is no secret, just look at dwindling sedan sales for evidence of this. SUVs are where it's at...
But there’s a new (ish) breed of SUV coming to the fore, the high-performance kind and the German manufacturers no longer rule the roost. These monumental SUVs deliver supercar-like performance while still offering the practicality and flexibility of its lesser-girthed brethren.
If you are looking to have your ego tickled in 2018, then we suggest you put these 6 performance SUVs on your hit list as they promise to deliver scintillating performance and head-turning appeal.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
If you think the recently-revealed Lamborghini Urus is bonkers, then best you cast your eyes on this brute, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. The Trackhawk has its Italian rival licked in terms of output and to a degree, performance. It makes use of a powerful, supercharged 6.2-litre V8 engine sourced from the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, producing a not-to-be-taken-lightly 523 kW and 881 Nm of torque using an 8-speed automatic transmission to drive all 4 wheels.
As you can imagine, performance comes naturally for the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk with zero to 100 kph dispatched in a claimed time of 3.5 seconds and with a top speed of 290 kph. That is just nuts! The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is coming to South Africa in 2018 but an exact date of arrival is yet to be confirmed. Local pricing remains a mystery but if we were to hazard a guess, expect the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk to be priced in the region of R1 600 000. Some customers have already placed orders...
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The Lamborghini Urus is arguably the most aggressive-looking high-performance SUV to come to market and being a Lambo, it offers performance few cars can match. It’s powered by a 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 engine offering 478 kW and 845 Nm of torque using an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission with a torque converter, a first for the brand, sending power to all 4 wheels.
The Urus will rocket from zero to 100 kph in 3.6 seconds, or to be exact 3.59 seconds, before reaching a claimed top speed of 305 kph.
The Lamborghini Urus is expected to arrive in South Africa in 2018, most likely in the second half of the year. Pricing for Urus will come in at around R3 305 000, according to Lambo CT, with a long list of (expensive) options to choose from.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
The high-performance Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is perched at the top of the Italian marque’s new Stelvio SUV range and brings staggering clout to the road with its Ferrari-derived 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 engine with 375 kW and 600 Nm of torque. It makes use of an 8-speed automatic transmission in conjunction with a Q4 all-wheel-drive system. We recently drove the Stelvio Quadrifoglio at its world launch in the UAE and came away very impressed with its performance.
Acceleration is impressively quick and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio will sprint from zero to 100 kph in 3.8 seconds and go on to a top speed of 283 kph.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio will be introduced to the South African market late in 2018 and indicative pricing for the newcomer will be roughly R1.8 million, exchange rate permitting.
Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S 4MATIC
The Mercedes-AMG GLC63 SUV is expected to arrive in South Africa later this month in both standard and S guise. The Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S tops the range with its biturbo 4.0-litre V8 delivering 375 kW and 700 Nm of torque (350 kW / 650 Nm in standard guise).
Equipped with a 9-speed automatic transmission and 4MATIC all-wheel drive, the Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S will power from 0 to 100 kph in about 3.8 seconds before reaching an electronically limited top speed of 250 kph, or 280 kph with the optional AMG Driver’s Package.
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Porsche Cayenne Turbo
The new 3rd-generation Porsche Cayenne will make its way to South Africa in June 2018 and although it will be offered in standard and S guise, it’s the Cayenne Turbo that will offer the most grunt with its twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 developing 404 kW and 770 Nm of torque.
With an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo will blitz from 0 to 100 kph in 4.1 seconds (or 3.9 seconds, with the optional Sport Chrono package). Top speed is claimed at 286 kph.
Pricing for Cayenne is as follows:
Cayenne - R1 131 000
Cayenne S - R1 272 000
Cayenne Turbo - R2 064 000
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Range Rover Sport SVR
The formidable Range Rover Sport was recently facelifted and the updated model range will make landfall in SA in 2018. The range-topping Range Rover Sport SVR has benefitted from an 18 kW power bump, which sees its supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine now producing a whopping 423 kW and 700 Nm of torque.
Those numbers will propel the all-wheel-drive Range Rover Sport SVR from 0 to 100 kph in 4.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 280 kph. The Range Rover Sport SVR will be priced at approximately R2 121 700 when it arrives in 2018.
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