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Watch The BMW X3 M, The Jaguar F-Pace, And The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Get Railroaded By The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63!

The Mercedes, BMW, and the Alfa Romeo make identical horsepower, whereas the Jaguar makes more than them!

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The ‘Carwow’ team brought four performance SUVs to the drag strip for a series of straight-line races. The contenders include a Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S, a BMW X3 M Competition, an Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, and a Jaguar F-Pace SVR. Three of the four SUVs make identical 510 horses, whereas the Jaguar trumps them all with 40 extra ponies. But, it is also the heaviest. Does it nullify Jaguar’s advantage?

The Most Powerful SUV Is Also The Heaviest

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Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S:
4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8; 510 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque; AWD and nine-speed automatic gearbox

Let’s get the specs out of the way first.

The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S has a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine under the hood that puts out 510 horses and 516 pound-feet of torque.

Power is sent to all four wheels via a nine-speed automatic gearbox.

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BMW X3 M Competition:
3.0-liter, twin-turbo straight-six; 510 HP and 479 lb-ft of torque; AWD and eight-speed automatic gearbox
The BMW X3 M Competition is powered by a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo straight-six engine that makes 510 ponies and 479 pound-feet of torque.

Power is channeled to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox here.

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio:
2.9-liter, twin-turbo V-6; 510 HP and 443 lb-ft of torque; AWD and eight-speed automatic gearbox
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio features a 2.9-liter, twin-turbo V-6 mill that also dishes out 510 horses, but 443 pound-feet of torque.

The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and an all-wheel-drive system.

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Jaguar F-Pace SVR:
5.0-liter, supercharged V-8; 550 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque; AWD and eight-speed automatic gearbox
The Jaguar F-Pace SVR comes with a 5.0-liter, supercharged V-8 engine that produces 550 horses and 516 pound-feet of torque.

Power is routed to all four wheels here as well via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

As for the weights, the Jaguar is the heaviest of the lot, weighing in at 4,537 pounds. The BMW comes in next with a weight of 4,431 pounds. The 4,299-pound Mercedes comes next, whereas the Alfa Romeo is the lightest of the lot weighing 4,034 pounds; almost 500 pounds lighter than the Jaguar. Of these four, only the Germans come with Launch Control.

The Drag Race Belonged To One Of The Germans

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Times recorded:
Mercedes – 11.9 seconds; BMW and Jaguar – 12 seconds; Alfa Romeo – 12.1 seconds

The first couple of drag races were all about the Germans. The Mercedes and the BMW left the competition in the dust, especially the former which eventually went on to win the races. There was a discrepancy about a jump start, so they all raced again for the third time. The GLC 63 S again got a good start, but the BMW was following closely this time. Even the Jaguar and the Alfa Romeo did better this time around. In the final race, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S took 11.9 seconds to complete the quarter-mile distance. The BMW X3 M Competition and the Jaguar F-Pace SVR took 12 seconds each, although the BMW was head. Finally, there was the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio that took 12.1 seconds to finish the quarter-mile race.

The Rolling Races Belonged To Both The Germans!

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Rolling Race from 50 mph in Comfort Setting:
Mercedes came first, Jaguar second, BMW third, Alfa Romeo fourth

Next up was a rolling race from 50 mph in their comfort settings. The Mercedes again had the best kickdown, but the BMW wasn’t second. It was the Jaguar that managed to edge the BMW all the way up to the mile-mark to claim the second place. The Alfa Romeo was last yet again.

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Rolling Race from 50 mph in Sportiest Setting:
BMW came first, Jaguar second, Mercedes third, Alfa Romeo fourth

The second rolling race was also from 50 mph, but this time in their sportiest settings with manual gearshifts starting from third gear. This time, the BMW got the best start, followed by the Jaguar, Mercedes, and the Alfa Romeo. It stayed the same till the end, thus giving the Mercedes its first loss of the day.

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Brake Test from 70 mph:
BMW first, Jaguar second, Alfa Romeo third, and Mercedes fourth

Finally, there was the brake test from 70 mph wherein the BMW took the shortest distance to stop. Next was the Jaguar, which was almost on par with the BMW. The Alfa Romeo came in third, whereas the Mercedes took the longest distance to stop.

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Sidd Dhimaan
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