Family haulers weren’t made for drag racing... or were they?

Does launch control make sense in a BMW or a Mercedes-Benz? Hell, yeah. Does it still make sense when that BMW is the X7 or the Mercedes is a GLC, albeit AMG-badged? Well, we don’t think so. But the year is 2020 and SUVs are desperately trying to do everything right, so launch control setups on family haulers are not that upsetting anymore. Or are they?

The drag race you’re about to see is not necessarily the most balanced and fair we’ve ever witnessed. But that’s not the point, as the video is (another) good indicator of just how freakishly quick (and fast) SUVs have become and how this shift in character is hurting sports cars and sedans.

So, a BMW X7, a Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 and a Tesla Model X line up for a drag race…sort of

BMW X7 vs Mercedes-AMG GLC vs Model X Drag Race: Hoping Your Kids Won't Puke
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Let’s get one thing straight. Your loved ones can do without the neck injuries associated with you launch controlling the family SUV like a maniac. But, hey, since the feature is there, it should be used, right?

Enter The Fast Lane Car and their latest drag race. You already know the names involved in it, but let’s have a better look at each car. And we’ll start with the BMW X7, which comes in range-topping M50i guise. That means it’s powered by a 4.4-liter BMW M V-8. It cranks out 523 horsepower between 5,500 and 6,000 rpm and 553 pound-feet of torque from a low as 1,800 rpm, all the way to 4,600 rpm.

BMW X7 vs Mercedes-AMG GLC vs Model X Drag Race: Hoping Your Kids Won't Puke
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What does this tell us? For starters, that it’s pretty quick from a standstill (0-60 mph takes just 4.5 seconds for this 5,661-pound rhino) and it can linearly continue the charge to its 155-mph top speed.

The other German that has a dog in this fight is the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63. It packs a 4.0-liter bi-turbo V-8 cracking 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of twist to go with a 9-speed AMG Speedshift automatic for a 0-60 mph sprint time of 3.8 seconds. It, too, has a launch control mode and is the lighter of the three, weighing 4,546 pounds.

BMW X7 vs Mercedes-AMG GLC vs Model X Drag Race: Hoping Your Kids Won't Puke
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Which brings us to the Tesla Model X. Mind you, this is not a Performance model, but a regular Dual Motor, so no Ludicrous mode. Even without that, it’s still good for around 500 horsepower and can go from naught to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds, despite the fact that it tips the scales at 5,584 pounds (just 77 pounds lighter than the X7 M50i).

That said, check out the video below to see how each car performed out on the asphalt.

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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