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Tesla Model X Takes On The Fastest Performance SUVs

The Tesla Model X is quick, but can It run with the fastest performance SUVs currently on sale?

The Tesla Model X is, without a doubt, a very quick car. In the Long-range Performance version of the EV, you get dual electric motors, which produce 778 horsepower and 841 pound-feet (1,140 Nm). With this in mind, it will be interesting to see how it fares against the quickest performance SUVs you can buy. Once again, Carwow’s YouTube channel has provided a video that gives us an answer.

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In sport mode, things, once again, change
Tesla drops to 4th position, ahead of the Trackhawk, which lacks sleek aerodynamics

The lineup consists of the Tesla Model X, Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT, Lamborghini Urus, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk, and BMW X6 M. All of these SUVs feature and none of them needs an introduction Without further due, let’s here are the numbers.

Tesla Model X

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Tesla has, by far, the most power and torque and yet, barely wins
It takes 11.2 seconds for the 1/4-mile

Tesla Model X Long-range Performance has a dual-motor setup that puts down 778 horsepower and 841 pound-feet (1,140 Nm). No gearbox here, but the Model X still has launch control. With 5,478.5 pounds (2,485 kg), it’s the heaviest of the bunch.

Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT

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Porsche is 2nd on the 1/4 and winner on the full mile
11.2 seconds for the 1/4-mile. It also manages to clock 174 mph at the mile, obliterating the Model X

The Cayenne GT is the “coupe” version of the Porsche Cayenne. In Turbo form, it features a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 that makes 640 horsepower and 627 pound-feet (850 Nm). An eight-speed automatic sends power to all four wheels. At 4,894 pounds (2,220 kg), it’s actually one of the lightest cars in the group.

Lamborghini Urus

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In the 3rd drag race, Urus manages to beat the Trackhawk
It also took 11.8 seconds for the 1/4-mile, but was slightly behind the X6 M

The Urus and Cayenne practically use the same engine (among other things). This being a Lambo, the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 makes 650 horsepower (instead of 640) and the same 627 pound0feet (850 Nm). It’s the lightest SUV of the bunch, weighing in at “just” 4,843.6 pounds (2,197 kg). Once again, you get an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. On paper, this looks like it could win. Will it?

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk

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The best response, off the line, but the worst aerodynamics
The supercharged V-8 Trackhawk took 12.1 seconds for the 1/4-mile. It’s also, by far, the least expensive of the bunch
Out of the five SUVs here, the Cherokee Trackhawk is the only one that’s no longer on sale. It shares a 6.2-liter supercharged, pushrod V-8 with the Challenger, Charger, and Durango Hellcat that makes 707 horsepower and 645 pound-feet (875 Nm).

It also has an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. It’s also the second-heaviest SUV here – 5,363.8 pounds (2,433 kg). Will the response from the supercharged engine and the quick-shifting ZF gearbox rocket the Jeep ahead?

BMW X6 M

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BMW was happy at 3rd place
It took 11.8 seconds for the 1/4-mile. On the mile, it reached its 159 mph speed limiter

The Bavarian contender has a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 that makes 625 horsepower and 553 pound-feet (750 Nm). It has the same ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox as the Trackhawk and sends power to all four wheels through the xDrive system. It weighs 5,225 pounds (2,370 kg).

The race

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The most expensive vehicle is consistently last
Despite sharing an engine with the Cayenne (with 10 more hp), it performs very differently

The first race is from a standing start. The Trackhawk actually made the best start, but almost immediately it got overtaken by the Tesla, Porsche, and the BMW. The most expensive SUV here – the Urus – was dead last. Tesla rocketed ahead and stayed there till the finish, while the Cayenne Turbo GT took second place, followed by the BMW X6 M, which barely managed to overtake the Trackhawk.

Matt reckoned the Porsche can do better. The second drag race proved his point, as it was a photo finish between the more powerful Tesla and the Cayenne Turbo GT. The rest was as before – X6 M took the third position, while the Urus was, once again, last.

A third decisive drag race was held and the Tesla just managed to beat the Porsche. However, each time, the Cayenne Turbo GT had a noticeable higher trap speed. Even more surprising was the Urus, which finished fourth, behind the X6 M. However, it was due to the Trackhawk driver making a slower start this time.

The results

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However, Jeep’s aerodynamics let it down
It finishes 4th, leaving only the Urus behind it
Tesla and Porsche both took 11.2 seconds for the quarter-mile. BMW and Urus both took 11.8 seconds, and the Trackhawk managed 12.1 seconds.

The rolling race

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In 50 mph (80 km/h) and comfort mode, the supercharged Jeep Trackhawk rocketed ahead, together with the Tesla. However, compared to the others, the Jeep is styled like a Brick, so it lost some ground at the second half, dropping into the back of the pack. Tesla stayed ahead, but the Porsche managed to overtake it before the one-mile mark. The X6 M was actually gaining on the Tesla, but one mile apparently isn’t enough.

In sport and manual mode, the Porsche goes past the Tesla right at the half-mile and gains a significant lead by the one-mile mark. This time, the BMW and Lamborghini also manage to take the Tesla, leaving the less aerodynamic Jeep at the back. Meanwhile, Matt crosses the one-mile at 174 mph (280 km/h), while BMW hits a 159 mph (256 km/h) limiter.

Brake test

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Can the Tesla Model X, once again, make a strong case for EVs?
With competition like this, Tesla has its work cut out for it. Or does it?

This time, the SUVs stop from 100 mph (160 km/h). The Trackhawk takes the longest, followed by the Model X. The Porsche and BMW took almost the same distance to stop, although Matt argues the Cayenne has a slightly shorter brake distance. The winner here is Urus, which beat the Cayenne by about half a car. Watch the video below to see "what exactly happened".


Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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