Porsche just revealed their latest model, the all-wheel drive four door Macan, which in essence seems to be a little brother of the Cayenne . Very similar in design to the Cayenne, but shrunken down a bit – we’d have to speculate that it’ll behave even more like a sports car than it’s big bro. Considering it’s only offered as an S or Turbo versions, the Macan definitely has sportiness in mind. Yet, with room to hold your golf clubs and kids in the back, the Turbo packs a 400 hp twin-turbo V6 and is capable of hitting 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. The Macan starts at $50k for the S and $72k for the Turbo.
The new 2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S just premiered at the Detroit Auto Show and it’s one beast of an SUV. With a 4.8L twin-turbo V8, the Cayenne Turbo S packs 550 hp and 553 .lb-ft torque, enabling it to sprint from 0-60 mph in just 4.3 seconds despite it’s 4,883 lbs curb weight. While this five-seater features a more spacious interior than other Porsche’s, the driver is still treated to a kidney shaped steering wheel and paddle-shifters as they hold on during the climb to the vehicles top speed of 175 mph.
If you want to do some drag racing on your way back from dropping the kids off at soccer practice, we have the ride for you. The $95k ML63 AMG has all that the spacious and luxurious features that you’d expect in a Mercedez-Benz M-Class SUV, with the addition of a menacing 5.5L 518 hp Bi-Turbo V8. The whopping 516 lb-ft of torque of the handcrafted engine rockets this 5,170 lb beast from 0-60 in just 4.7 seconds. Inside your treated to comforts such as 10-way power adjustable double-stictched leather seats that are both heated and cooled, and AMG sportiness – including a 4-spoke steering wheel with paddle shifters to control the 7-speed transmission.
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class gets some updates for 2013, most of which will require you to open the hood or doors to notice. While new new LED daytime running lights adorn the front, the exterior retains it’s previous form just with some new accents. The interior however, is wholly redesigned for both luxury, technology, and comfort with a multitude of upgrades – but rest assured, this G has not lost any of it’s off-road capabilities due to this refinement. Under the hood, the G63 AMG version boasts a hand-built 5.5-liter biturbo V-8 engine delivering 544 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque, which breathes through dual chrome-tipped, side-exit exhaust pipes. Due to go on sale in the US around August, expect to pay in the ballpark of $125k for the G63 AMG.
It may seem crazy to spend sixty grand on a Jeep, but when that Jeep can hit 0-60 in under 4.8 seconds it starts to make a bunch more sense. Despite its size, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is able to crank out that impressive 0-60 time due to its 6.4L 470hp Hemi V8 which also packs 465 lb-ft of torque. For the premium price you don’t just get a bigger engine – sporty body panels, performance Brembo brakes and LED lighting help distinguish the SRT8 from the standard Cherokee. Inside, you’re treated to carbon fiber trim, an upgraded sound system and a driving mode selector that allows the driver to change the cars settings based on driving conditions (track, sport, tow, auto, snow). Not quite as powerful as the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, but then again it’s about half the price.
If at heart you really wanted a full-bred sports car but you need a vehicle that can pick up your kids, their soccer bags, and some groceries – there may be a compromise. At first glance, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo is a practical SUV with all-wheel drive, ample seating and storage space, and optional roof rack system for those long family road trips. When you look under the hood you quickly learn there is more than meets the eye as you’re greeted by a 500hp V8. Paired with the 8 speed Tiptronic S transmission, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo hits 0-60 mph in a mere 4.4 seconds and has a scary top speed of 172mph (not sure if you’re luggage will stay on the roof at that speed). Only drawback… All this family-friendly race car performance comes with a base price of $107k.
Priced just above their entry level LR2, Land Rover added a new model to their line – the Range Rover Evoque. Available in either a four-door or coupe (yes, a coupe SUV) format the Evoque 4×4 starts at $43k. With 240hp and a paddle-shifting 6 speed transmission, this lightweight and fuel efficient Range Rover also boasts sleek styling and a luxurious interior. Definitely a refreshing addition to the crossover segment.
On September 13th Maserati announced that they’ll be entering the SUV market with the production of the Kubang. While details will be coming out over the next few months, we do know that the Kubang will feature a new engine designed in Modena by Paolo Martinelli – Head of the Maserati Powertrain Department and for nearly 30 years at Ferrari, where he also served as engine chief of the Formula One racing team – and will be produced in Maranello by Ferrari. Also expect an 8 speed transmission. From scanning Maserati’s website, it also looks like the Kubang will have a picturesque interior that may be unmatched by any other SUV on the market.
Most of the kick-ass rides that we feature have two doors or less, but sometimes more is more. The Range Rover Sport by Land Rover is possibly the most handsome SUV on the market and the Supercharged model packs a 5.0 liter V8 510bhp engine . You can manage all that power from a spacious and luxurious interior that will comfortably house you and friends on a long trip. Ready to carry luggage and tow cargo, this sexy 4×4 sits on 20″ 5-spoke alloy wheels and will get you anywhere in style. All that awesomeness doesn’t come at a Jeep Wrangler price tag – the Range Rover Sport Supercharged starts at $75k.