Motor1 pit three V-8 powered performance SUVs against each other, out on a dry lake bed in the deserts of California
The first contender is the homegrown Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392, which is packing a naturally aspirated 6.4-L that produces 470 hp and 470 lb-ft. The Jeep is the lightest SUV here at just 5100 lbs
Next in line is the stealthy LR Defender 90 Carpathian Editon. Under the hood lies a 5.0-L supercharged mill that produces 518 hp and 461 lb-ft. The Defender weighs 5447 lbs
The third SUV is the most expensive of the bunch. The G-63 AMG packs a 4.4-L twin-turbocharged V-8 that pumps out 577 hp and 627 lb-ft. The Merc is also the heaviest SUV as it tips the scales at a whopping 5423 lbs
Both the Mercedes and the Land Rover have various drive modes and settings to play around with. In the Jeep, things are far simpler. Will the Wrangler's weight advantage help it?
From a dig, while none of the three SUVs had any traction issues whatsoever, the Merc and the Defender shot off into the distance, with the G-63 completing the 1/4 mile first
The guys turn back for another pass on the dirt
But once again, despite a sluggish launch, it was the Mercedes that demolished the 1/4 mile first, at a 110 mph
So the Merc won on this particular occasion. But it begs the question, what if this wasn't a perfectly flat surface
After all, the Jeep was riding on 35" tires, not ideal for high-speed runs now is it? It should have been closer though with the better rear gears with the Recon package. Swipe up to watch the race.