Last year, we launched an epic drag race which seemed to annoy many, many people. It featured BMW’s most powerful diesel-engined car ever, the X5 M50d, in a quarter mile sprint against the rather bonkers Range Rover Sport V8 Supercharged – petrol.
Those cars have exactly the same claimed 0 – 100km/h time of 5.3 seconds, and even though the Rangie has a lot more power than the X5, the Beemer has plenty more torque and most importantly, launch control.
It was incredibly close, but this saga was never going to end with one race. It’s time to line up diesel against diesel, and we have the most powerful version of each brand’s car lined up for another epic head-to-head sprint.
The BMW X6 M50d is perhaps too niche to be considered real competition for the Range Rover Sport. But, it runs the same platform and engine as the X5: a triple turbo, 6-cylinder diesel with 280kW and a huge 740Nm of torque, with a kerb weight of 2150kg.
The Range Rover Sport SDV8 HSE packs a 4.4 litre V8 turbocharged diesel motor with 250kW and the exact same torque figure of 740Nm. However it is 248kg heavier, with a kerb weight of 2398kg - must be all the televisions in there! Or maybe the military grade 4x4 drivetrain.
With those stats in mind we lined up these shiny premium SUV champions, in very unfamiliar territory: the quarter mile drag strip at Cape Town’s Killarney Raceway.
Spec sheet: BMW X6M50d vs Range Rover Sport SDV8 HSE
|BMW X6M50d||Range Rover Sport SDV8 HSE|
|Price||R1 332 540||R1 497 083|
|Engine||3.0 6-cyl triple turbo diesel||4.4 litre V8 turbo diesel|
|Acceleration||5.2 seconds||6.9 seconds|
|Fuel economy||6.6 litres/100km||8.7 litres/100km|